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Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006


(PHP 5)

simplexml_load_string --  Interprets a string of XML into an object


object simplexml_load_string ( string data [, string class_name [, int options [, string ns [, bool is_prefix]]]] )

This function will take the well-formed xml string data and return an object of class SimpleXMLElement with properties containing the data held within the xml document. If any errors occur, it returns FALSE.

You may use the optional class_name parameter so that simplexml_load_string() will return an object of the specified class. That class should extend the SimpleXMLElement class.

Since PHP 5.1.0 and Libxml 2.6.0, you may also use the options parameter to specify additional Libxml parameters.

Example 1. Interpret an XML string

$string = <<<XML
<?xml version='1.0'?> 
 <title>Forty What?</title>
  I know that's the answer -- but what's the question?

$xml = simplexml_load_string($string);


This script will display:

SimpleXMLElement Object
  [title] => Forty What?
  [from] => Joe
  [to] => Jane
  [body] =>
   I know that's the answer -- but what's the question?

At this point, you can go about using $xml->body and such.

Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006