How to convert XML file into array in PHP?

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To convert the XML document into PHP array, we have to utilize some PHP functions. The procedure is explained underneath with an example.

Step 1

We have to create an XML file that needs to convert into the array.

<?xml version='1.0'?>
   <firstname name='Alex'>
      <firstname name='Sandra'>

Step 2

The above XML file will import into PHP using file_get_contents() function which read the entire file as a string and stores into a variable.

Step 3

After the above step, we can easily convert the string into an object through the inbuilt functions simplexml_load_string() of PHP.

Step 4

After the above step, we can use json_encode() function to present the object in the json encoded string.

Step 5

The json_decode() function decode a JSON string. It converts a JSON encoded string into a PHP array.


// xml file path
   $path = "abc.xml";
   $xmlfile = file_get_contents($path);
   $new = simplexml_load_string($xmlfile);
   $jsonfile = json_encode($new);
   $myarray = json_decode($jsonfile, true);
Updated on 29-Jun-2020 11:04:27