How to replace word inside a string in PHP
Last Updated on Dec 13, 2022 - Written By Torikul Islam
You can use str_replace() function to replace a word from a string. str_replace() is a PHP built-in function.
If you just want to replace a single word, then you can simply do it by providing the exact parameter value. But if you want to replace multiple words at once, you need to call array() function within str_replace() function.
Let’s do it.
str_replace('substring', 'replaced_string', 'original_string');
We need to provide three parameters for both methods.
1. Substring is the first parameter which should be replaced with replaced_string.
2. Replaced_string will replace the substring.
3. Original_string will contain the full string from where you want to replace word.
In the placement of parameters, you can use PHP variables.
Discussion: Replace word from a string
Lets explore the task practically.
Example 1: Replace just a single word with another one
<?php //input string $string = 'I like you. I like you. I like you.'; //replacing the word $strings = str_replace( 'like', 'hate', $string ); //showing result echo $string; ?>
I hate you. I hate you. I hate you.
Example 2: Replace a single word using preg_replace()
<?php //input string $$string = 'I hate my mind. I hate your mind. I hate their mind.'; //defining substring $sub ='hate'; //replacing the word $string = preg_replace("/\b$sub\b/i","love",$string); //showing result echo $string; ?>
I love my mind. I love your mind. I love their mind.
Example 3: Replace multiple words from a string
<?php //input string $string = 'I like you. I like you. I like you.'; //replacing multiple words using array $string = str_replace(array('like','you'), array('hate','me'), $string ); //showing result echo $string; ?>
I hate me. I hate me. I hate me.