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count変数に含まれるすべての要素、 あるいはオブジェクトに含まれる何かの数を数える

説明

int count ( mixed $array_or_countable [, int $mode = COUNT_NORMAL ] )

変数に含まれるすべての要素、 あるいはオブジェクトに含まれる何かの数を数えます。

オブジェクトに対して、もし SPL がインストールされている場合、インターフェイス Countable を実装することで count() にフックすることができます。このインターフェイスには 1 つのメソッド Countable::count() があり、count() 関数に対する値を返します。

配列の実装やPHPでの使用法に関する詳細な説明については、マニュアルの 配列のセクションを参照ください。

パラメータ

array_or_countable

配列あるいは Countable オブジェクト。

mode

オプションのmode 引数が COUNT_RECURSIVE (または 1) にセットされた場合、count() は再帰的に配列をカウントします。 これは多次元配列の全ての要素をカウントするといった場合に特に有効です。

警告

count() は、再帰を検出して無限ループを回避するようになっています。 しかしその場合 (配列の中に自分自身が複数回登場する場合) は毎回 E_WARNING を発行し、期待する結果より大きい数を返します。

返り値

array_or_countable に含まれる要素の数を返します。 もしパラメータが配列もしくは Countable インターフェイスを実装したオブジェクトではない場合、 1 が返されます。 ひとつ例外があり、array_or_countableNULL の場合、 0 が返されます。

警告

count() は、セットされていない変数に関して 0 を返しますが、変数が空の配列として初期化されている場合にも 0 を返します。 ある変数がセットされているかどうかを調べるには、 isset() を使用してください。

例1 count() の例

<?php
$a
[0] = 1;
$a[1] = 3;
$a[2] = 5;
$result count($a);
// $result == 3

$b[0]  = 7;
$b[5]  = 9;
$b[10] = 11;
$result count($b);
// $result == 3

$result count(null);
// $result == 0

$result count(false);
// $result == 1
?>

例2 再帰的な count() の例

<?php
$food 
= array('fruits' => array('orange''banana''apple'),
              
'veggie' => array('carrot''collard''pea'));

// 再帰的なカウント
echo count($foodCOUNT_RECURSIVE); // output 8

// 通常のカウント
echo count($food); // output 2

?>

参考

  • is_array() - 変数が配列かどうかを検査する
  • isset() - 変数がセットされていること、そして NULL でないことを検査する
  • strlen() - 文字列の長さを得る

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User Contributed Notes 13 notes

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onlyranga at gmail dot com
5 months ago
If you want to run through large arrays don't use count() function in the loops , its a over head in performance,  copy the count() value into a variable and use that value in loops for a better performance.

Eg:

// Bad approach

for($i=0;$i<count($some_arr);$i++)
{
    // calculations
}

// Good approach

$arr_length = count($some_arr);
for($i=0;$i<$arr_length;$i++)
{
    // calculations
}
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alexandr at vladykin dot pp dot ru
7 years ago
My function returns the number of elements in array for multidimensional arrays subject to depth of array. (Almost COUNT_RECURSIVE, but you can point on which depth you want to plunge).

<?php
 
function getArrCount ($arr, $depth=1) {
      if (!
is_array($arr) || !$depth) return 0;
        
    
$res=count($arr);
        
      foreach (
$arr as $in_ar)
        
$res+=getArrCount($in_ar, $depth-1);
     
      return
$res;
  }
?>
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Gerd Christian Kunze
9 months ago
Get maxWidth and maxHeight of a two dimensional array..?

Note:
1st dimension = Y (height)
2nd dimension = X (width)
e.g. rows and cols in database result arrays

<?php
$TwoDimensionalArray
= array( 0 => array( 'key' => 'value', ...), ... );
?>

So for Y (maxHeight)
<?php
$maxHeight
= count( $TwoDimensionalArray )
?>

And for X (maxWidth)
<?php
$maxWidth
= max( array_map( 'count'$TwoDimensionalArray ) );
?>

Simple? ;-)
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danny at dannymendel dot com
7 years ago
I actually find the following function more useful when it comes to multidimension arrays when you do not want all levels of the array tree.

// $limit is set to the number of recursions
<?php
function count_recursive ($array, $limit) {
   
$count = 0;
    foreach (
$array as $id => $_array) {
        if (
is_array ($_array) && $limit > 0) {
           
$count += count_recursive ($_array, $limit - 1);
        } else {
           
$count += 1;
        }
    }
    return
$count;
}
?>
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atoi_monte at hotmail dot com
7 years ago
Please note: While SPL is compiled into PHP by default starting with PHP 5, the Countable interface is not available until 5.1
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semmelbroesel at gmail dot com
1 year ago
I've read this somewhere else before, but experienced it first hand now, so I thought I'd post it here.

While in regular use, count() is pretty fast, this changes rapidly when used in a for loop. Example:

for ($x = 0; $x < count($array); $x++)
{
  // some code here
}

If your array contains a lot of data, this code gets slowed down significantly. Better way to write this:

$arrayCount = count($array);
for ($x = 0; $x < $arrayCount; $x++)
{
  // some code here
}

I didn't think it would make such a difference, but it did in my case - changed 15 seconds load time into 1 second!
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jezdec at email dot cz
5 years ago
Hi there,
there is a simple script with example for counting rows and columns of a two-dimensional array.

<?php
$data
= array(
   
"apples" =>
        array(
"red", "yellow", "pineapples"),
   
"bananas" =>
        array(
"small", "medium", "big"),
   
"vegs" =>
        array(
"potatoes", "carrots", "onions")
);

$rows = count($data,0);
$cols = (count($data,1)/count($data,0))-1;
print
"There are {$rows} rows and {$cols} columns in the table!";
?>
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MaxTheDragon at home dot nl
10 months ago
If you wish to test if an array contains any elements (or is empty), you might tempted to use count to do something like this:

<?php
if (count($my_array) > 0) {
// array is not empty...
}

// or this ...

if (count($my_array) === 0) {
// array is empty...
}
?>

Using the count function here is totally unnecessary and slower.

Instead, you should rely on the fact that empty arrays evaluate to false when cast to a boolean:

<?php
$hasElements
= (boolean) $my_array;

// or ...

$isEmpty = !$my_array;

// or in a conditional statement...

if ($my_array) {
// array is not empty...
}
?>

Only use count if you need to know if an array contains a specific number of elements n (where n > 0).
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lopezvit at gmail dot com
11 months ago
I think that maybe that is faster (I don't know why, because, at least in C, for loops are faster than while ones due to compile optimization) but what is sure is that, in case the list is empty, you are going to iterate over the loop at least one. And I'm sure that is not what you want to do. The correct way in this occassion is to use a normal while, not a do, while.
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norbyte
7 months ago
If you want to check whether large arrays contain a specific (less) number of array elements, don't use count(). This is very slow because each element has to get iterated.

This is much faster:

function isArrayCount(array $array, $count) {
    $count = (int) $count;
    $result = reset($array);
    if ($count === 0) {
        // for empty arrays reset returns FALSE
        // we have to switch the boolean result
        $result = !$result;
    }
    for($i = 1; $i < $count; $i++) {
        if (next($array) === FALSE) {
            $result = FALSE;
            break;
        }
    }
    return $result;
}
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freefaler at gmail dot com
9 years ago
If you want to count only elements in the second level of 2D arrays.A close to mind note, useful for multidimentional arrays:

<?php
$food
= array('fruits' => array('orange', 'banana', 'apple'),
            
'veggie' => array('carrot', 'collard','pea'));

// recursive count
echo count($food,COUNT_RECURSIVE);  // output 8

// normal count
echo count($food);                  // output 2

// all the fruits and veggies
echo (count($food,COUNT_RECURSIVE)-count($food,0)); //output 6
?>
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nicolas dot grekas+php at gmail dot com
3 years ago
As of PHP 5.2.6, count() DOES detect infinite recursion.
It triggers a warning when its argument is a recursive array.
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me at me dot com
1 year ago
To the poster above, the fastest way is to use 'do/while'. Try this way, you will find it faster than 'for'.
$arrayCount = count($array);
do{
    // some code here
    --$arrayCount;
}
while($arrayCount > 0);
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