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Callbacks / Callables

Callbacks can be denoted by callable type hint as of PHP 5.4. This documentation used callback type information for the same purpose.

Some functions like call_user_func() or usort() accept user-defined callback functions as a parameter. Callback functions can not only be simple functions, but also object methods, including static class methods.

Passing

A PHP function is passed by its name as a string. Any built-in or user-defined function can be used, except language constructs such as: array(), echo, empty(), eval(), exit(), isset(), list(), print or unset().

A method of an instantiated object is passed as an array containing an object at index 0 and the method name at index 1.

Static class methods can also be passed without instantiating an object of that class by passing the class name instead of an object at index 0. As of PHP 5.2.3, it is also possible to pass 'ClassName::methodName'.

Apart from common user-defined function, anonymous functions can also be passed to a callback parameter.

Örnek 1 Callback function examples

<?php 

// An example callback function
function my_callback_function() {
    echo 
'hello world!';
}

// An example callback method
class MyClass {
    static function 
myCallbackMethod() {
        echo 
'Hello World!';
    }
}

// Type 1: Simple callback
call_user_func('my_callback_function'); 

// Type 2: Static class method call
call_user_func(array('MyClass''myCallbackMethod')); 

// Type 3: Object method call
$obj = new MyClass();
call_user_func(array($obj'myCallbackMethod'));

// Type 4: Static class method call (As of PHP 5.2.3)
call_user_func('MyClass::myCallbackMethod');

// Type 5: Relative static class method call (As of PHP 5.3.0)
class {
    public static function 
who() {
        echo 
"A\n";
    }
}

class 
extends {
    public static function 
who() {
        echo 
"B\n";
    }
}

call_user_func(array('B''parent::who')); // A

// Type 6: Objects implementing __invoke can be used as callables (since PHP 5.3)
class {
    public function 
__invoke($name) {
        echo 
'Hello '$name"\n";
    }
}

$c = new C();
call_user_func($c'PHP!');
?>

Örnek 2 Callback example using a Closure

<?php
// Our closure
$double = function($a) {
    return 
$a 2;
};

// This is our range of numbers
$numbers range(15);

// Use the closure as a callback here to 
// double the size of each element in our 
// range
$new_numbers array_map($double$numbers);

print 
implode(' '$new_numbers);
?>

Yukarıdaki örneğin çıktısı:

2 4 6 8 10

Bilginize: In PHP 4, it was necessary to use a reference to create a callback that points to the actual object, and not a copy of it. For more details, see References Explained.

Bilginize:

call_user_func() ve call_user_func_array() gibi işlevlerle kayıt altına alınmış geriçağırım işlevleri, bir önceki geriçağırım işlevinde oluşmuş ve yakalanmamış bir istisna varsa çağrılmaz.

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User Contributed Notes 7 notes

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andrewbessa at gmail dot com
3 years ago
You can also use the $this variable to specify a callback:

<?php
class MyClass {

    public
$property = 'Hello World!';

    public function
MyMethod()
    {
       
call_user_func(array($this, 'myCallbackMethod'));
    }

    public function
MyCallbackMethod()
    {
        echo
$this->property;
    }

}
?>
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112
steve at mrclay dot org
2 years ago
Performance note: The callable type hint, like is_callable(), will trigger an autoload of the class if the value looks like a static method callback.
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101
computrius at gmail dot com
1 year ago
When specifying a call back in array notation (ie. array($this, "myfunc") ) the method can be private if called from inside the class, but if you call it from outside you'll get a warning:

<?php

class mc {
   public function
go(array $arr) {
      
array_walk($arr, array($this, "walkIt"));
   }

   private function
walkIt($val) {
       echo
$val . "<br />";
   }

    public function
export() {
        return array(
$this, 'walkIt');
    }
}

$data = array(1,2,3,4);

$m = new mc;
$m->go($data); // valid

array_walk($data, $m->export()); // will generate warning

?>

Output:
1<br />2<br />3<br />4<br />
Warning: array_walk() expects parameter 2 to be a valid callback, cannot access private method mc::walkIt() in /in/tfh7f on line 22
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95
edanschwartz at gmail dot com
6 months ago
You can use 'self::methodName' as a callable, but this is dangerous. Consider this example:

<?php
class Foo {
    public static function
doAwesomeThings() {
       
FunctionCaller::callIt('self::someAwesomeMethod');
    }

    public static function
someAwesomeMethod() {
       
// fantastic code goes here.
   
}
}

class
FunctionCaller {
    public static function
callIt(callable $func) {
       
call_user_func($func);
    }
}

Foo::doAwesomeThings();
?>

This results in an error:
Warning: class 'FunctionCaller' does not have a method 'someAwesomeMethod'.

For this reason you should always use the full class name:
<?php
FunctionCaller
::callIt('Foo::someAwesomeMethod');
?>

I believe this is because there is no way for FunctionCaller to know that the string 'self' at one point referred to to `Foo`.
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96
metamarkers at gmail dot com
2 years ago
you can pass an object as a callable if its class defines the __invoke() magic method..
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74
Riikka K
3 months ago
A note on differences when calling callbacks as "variable functions" without the use of call_user_func() (e.g. "<?php $callback = 'printf'; $callback('Hello World!') ?>"):

- Using the name of a function as string has worked since at least 4.3.0
- Calling anonymous functions and invokable objects has worked since 5.3.0
- Using the array structure [$object, 'method'] has worked since 5.4.0

Note, however, that the following are not supported when calling callbacks as variable functions, even though they are supported by call_user_func():

- Calling static class methods via strings such as 'foo::doStuff'
- Calling parent method using the [$object, 'parent::method'] array structure

All of these cases are correctly recognized as callbacks by the 'callable' type hint, however. Thus, the following code will produce an error "Fatal error: Call to undefined function foo::doStuff() in /tmp/code.php on line 4":

<?php
class foo {
    static function
callIt(callable $callback) {
       
$callback();
    }
   
    static function
doStuff() {
        echo
"Hello World!";
    }
}

foo::callIt('foo::doStuff');
?>

The code would work fine, if we replaced the '$callback()' with 'call_user_func($callback)' or if we used the array ['foo', 'doStuff'] as the callback instead.
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85
Yzmir Ramirez
1 year ago
> As of PHP 5.2.3, it is also possible to pass 'ClassName::methodName'

You can also use 'self::methodName'.  This works in PHP 5.2.12 for me.
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