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(PHP 5 >= 5.1.0)

RecursiveArrayIterator::hasChildrenReturns whether current entry is an array or an object.


public bool RecursiveArrayIterator::hasChildren ( void )

Returns whether current entry is an array or an object for which an iterator can be obtained via RecursiveArrayIterator::getChildren().


This function has no parameters.

Return Values

Returns TRUE if the current entry is an array or an object, otherwise FALSE is returned.


Example #1 RecursiveArrayIterator::hasChildren() example

= array("a" => "lemon""b" => "orange", array("a" => "apple""p" => "pear"));

$iterator = new RecursiveArrayIterator($fruits);

while (
$iterator->valid()) {

// Check if there are children
if ($iterator->hasChildren()) {
// print all children
foreach ($iterator->getChildren() as $key => $value) {
$key ' : ' $value "\n";
    } else {
"No children.\n";


The above example will output:

No children.
No children.
a : apple
p : pear

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