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array_rand

(PHP 4, PHP 5)

array_randPick one or more random entries out of an array

Description

mixed array_rand ( array $array [, int $num = 1 ] )

Picks one or more random entries out of an array, and returns the key (or keys) of the random entries.

Parameters

array

The input array.

num

Specifies how many entries should be picked.

Return Values

When picking only one entry, array_rand() returns the key for a random entry. Otherwise, an array of keys for the random entries is returned. This is done so that random keys can be picked from the array as well as random values. Trying to pick more elements than there are in the array will result in an E_WARNING level error, and NULL will be returned.

Changelog

Version Description
5.2.10 The resulting array of keys is no longer shuffled.
4.2.0The random number generator is seeded automatically.

Examples

Example #1 array_rand() example

<?php
$input 
= array("Neo""Morpheus""Trinity""Cypher""Tank");
$rand_keys array_rand($input2);
echo 
$input[$rand_keys[0]] . "\n";
echo 
$input[$rand_keys[1]] . "\n";
?>

See Also

PHP Manual