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PHP return Statement

Description

PHP return statement immediately terminates the execution of a function when it is called from within that function.

This function is also used to terminate the execution of an eval() function or script file.

If this function is called from a global scope, the function stops the execution of the current script. If the current script file was included using include() or required(), then control goes back to the calling file.

Syntax:

return expression 

Where expression is any valid expression. Note that, since the return is not a function but a language construct, using parenthesis is not required.

Return values

Condition Return value
If called from within a function Returns the argument of the function.
If the current script file was included using include() or required() Value given to return().
If no parameter is supplied NULL is returned.

Example:

Code of p.php

<?php
include("q.php");
echo "p";
?>

Code of q.php

<?php 
echo "q";
return;
?>

View the output of p.php

View the output of q.php

See also

continue, break



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