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PHP parse_ini_string() Function

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Parse an ini string:

$ini = '
me = "Robert"
you = "Peter"

first = "http://www.example.com"
second = "https://www.w3schools.com"


The output of the code above will be:

[names] => Array
  [me] => Robert
  [you] => Peter
[urls] => Array
  [first] => http://www.example.com
  [second] => https://www.w3schools.com

Definition and Usage

The parse_ini_file() function parses a configuration (ini) string and returns the settings.

Tip: This function can be used to read in your own configuration files, and has nothing to do with the php.ini file.

Note: The following reserved words must not be used as keys for ini files: null, yes, no, true, false, on, off, none. Furthermore, the following reserved characters must not be used in the key: {}|&~!()^".


parse_ini_string(ini, process_sections, scanner_mode)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
ini Required. Specifies the ini file to parse
process_sections Optional. If set to TRUE, it returns is a multidimensional array with section names and settings included. Default is FALSE

Optional. Can be one of the following values:

  • INI_SCANNER_NORMAL (default)
  • INI_SCANNER_RAW (means option values will not be parsed)
  • INI_SCANNER_TYPED (means that boolean, null and integer types are preserved when possible. "true", "on", "yes" are converted to TRUE. "false", "off", "no", "none" are converted to FALSE. "null" is converted to NULL. Numeric strings are converted to integer type if possible)

Technical Details

Return Value: An array on success, FALSE on failure
PHP Version: 5.3+

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