MacMac MacMac - 8 months ago 110
PHP Question

Using an array as needles in strpos

How do you use the

for an array of needles when searching a string? For example:

$find_letters = array('a', 'c', 'd');
$string = 'abcdefg';

if(strpos($string, $find_letters) !== false)
echo 'All the letters are found in the string!';

Because when using this, it wouldn't work, it would be good if there was something like this


@Dave an updated snippet from

function strposa($haystack, $needles=array(), $offset=0) {
        $chr = array();
        foreach($needles as $needle) {
                $res = strpos($haystack, $needle, $offset);
                if ($res !== false) $chr[$needle] = $res;
        if(empty($chr)) return false;
        return min($chr);

How to use:

$string = 'Whis string contains word "cheese" and "tea".';
$array  = array('burger', 'melon', 'cheese', 'milk');

if (strposa($string, $array, 1)) {
    echo 'true';
} else {
    echo 'false';

will return true, because of array "cheese".

Update: Improved code with stop when the first of the needles is found:

function strposa($haystack, $needle, $offset=0) {
    if(!is_array($needle)) $needle = array($needle);
    foreach($needle as $query) {
        if(strpos($haystack, $query, $offset) !== false) return true; // stop on first true result
    return false;
$string = 'Whis string contains word "cheese" and "tea".';
$array  = array('burger', 'melon', 'cheese', 'milk');
var_dump(strposa($string, $array)); // will return true, since "cheese" has been found