Thomas Owens Thomas Owens - 1 year ago 71
PHP Question

Is there a way to find out how "deep" a PHP array is?

A PHP array can have arrays for its elements. And those arrays can have arrays and so on and so forth. Is there a way to find out the maximum nesting that exists in a PHP array? An example would be a function that returns 1 if the initial array does not have arrays as elements, 2 if at least one element is an array, and so on.

Answer Source

This should do it:


function array_depth(array $array) {
    $max_depth = 1;

    foreach ($array as $value) {
        if (is_array($value)) {
            $depth = array_depth($value) + 1;

            if ($depth > $max_depth) {
                $max_depth = $depth;

    return $max_depth;


Edit: Tested it very quickly and it appears to work.