PHP - Function preg_grep()



array preg_grep ( string $pattern, array $input [, int $flags] );

Definition and Usage

Returns the array consisting of the elements of the input array that match the given pattern.

If flag is set to PREG_GREP_INVERT, this function returns the elements of the input array that do not match the given pattern.

Return Value

  • Returns an array indexed using the keys from the input array.


Following is the piece of code, copy and paste this code into a file and verify the result.


$foods = array("pasta", "steak", "fish", "potatoes");
// find elements beginning with "p", followed by one or more letters.
$p_foods = preg_grep("/p(\w+)/", $foods);
print "Found food is " . $p_foods[0];
print "Found food is " . $p_foods[1];


This will produce following result.

Found food is pasta
Found food is potatoes