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什么是命名空间?从广义上来说,命名空间是一种封装事物的方法。在很多地方都可以见到这种抽象概念。例如,在操作系统中目录用来将相关文件分组,对于目录中的文件来说,它就扮演了命名空间的角色。具体举个例子,文件 foo.txt 可以同时在目录/home/greg/home/other 中存在,但在同一个目录中不能存在两个 foo.txt 文件。另外,在目录 /home/greg 外访问 foo.txt 文件时,我们必须将目录名以及目录分隔符放在文件名之前得到 /home/greg/foo.txt。这个原理应用到程序设计领域就是命名空间的概念。


  1. 用户编写的代码与PHP内部的类/函数/常量或第三方类/函数/常量之间的名字冲突。
  2. 为很长的标识符名称(通常是为了缓解第一类问题而定义的)创建一个别名(或简短)的名称,提高源代码的可读性。

PHP 命名空间提供了一种将相关的类、函数和常量组合到一起的途径。下面是一个说明 PHP 命名空间语法的示例:

Example #1 命名空间语法示例

namespace my\name// 参考 "定义命名空间" 小节

class MyClass {}
myfunction() {}

$a = new MyClass;
$c = new \my\name\MyClass// 参考 "全局空间" 小节

$a strlen('hi'); // 参考 "使用命名空间:后备全局函数/常量" 小节

$d = namespace\MYCONST// 参考 "namespace操作符和__NAMESPACE__常量” 小节

constant($d); // 参考 "命名空间和动态语言特征" 小节



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6 years ago
Thought this might help other newbies like me...

Name collisions means:
you create a function named db_connect, and somebody elses code that you use in your file (i.e. an include) has the same function with the same name.

To get around that problem, you rename your function SteveWa_db_connect  which makes your code longer and harder to read.

Now you can use namespaces to keep your function name separate from anyone else's function name, and you won't have to make extra_long_named functions to get around the name collision problem.

So a namespace is like a pointer to a file path where you can find the source of the function you are working with
Dmitry Snytkine
6 years ago
Just a note: namespace (even nested or sub-namespace) cannot be just a number, it must start with a letter.
For example, lets say you want to use namespace for versioning of your packages or versioning of your API:

namespace Mynamespace\1;  // Illegal
Instead use this:
namespace Mynamespace\v1; // OK
pierstoval at gmail dot com
2 years ago
To people coming here by searching about namespaces, know that a consortium has studied about best practices in PHP, in order to allow developers to have common coding standards.

These best practices are called "PHP Standard Recommendations" , also known as PSR.

They are visible on this link :

Actually there are 5 coding standards categories :
PSR-0 : Autoloading Standard , which goal is to make the use of Namespaces easier, in order to convert a namespace into a file path.
PSR-1 : Basic Coding Standard , basically, standards :)
PSR-2 : Coding Style Guide, where to put braces, how to write a class, etc.
PSR-3 : Logger Interface , how to write a standard logger
PSR-4 : Improved Autoloading , to resolve more Namespaces into paths.

The ones I want to point are PSR-0 and PSR-4 : they use namespaces to resolve a FQCN (Fully qualified class name = full namespace + class name) into a file path.
Basic example, you have this directory structure :

The namespacing PSR-0 or PSR-4 standard tells that you can transform this path into a FQCN.
Read the principles of autoload if you need to know what it means, because it's almost mandatory ;) .

Structure :

Files :

// {path}/index.php
include 'autoloader.php';
$tool = new Pierstoval/Tools/MyTool();

// {path}/src/Pierstoval/Tools/MyTool.php
namespace Pierstoval\Tools;
MyTool {}

// {path}/autoloader.php
function loadClass($className) {
$fileName = '';
$namespace = '';

// Sets the include path as the "src" directory
$includePath = dirname(__FILE__).DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR.'src';

        if (
false !== ($lastNsPos = strripos($className, '\\'))) {
$namespace = substr($className, 0, $lastNsPos);
$className = substr($className, $lastNsPos + 1);
$fileName = str_replace('\\', DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR, $namespace) . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR;
$fileName .= str_replace('_', DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR, $className) . '.php';
$fullFileName = $includePath . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $fileName;
        if (
file_exists($fullFileName)) {
        } else {
'Class "'.$className.'" does not exist.';
spl_autoload_register('loadClass'); // Registers the autoloader

A standardized autoloader will get the class you want to instanciate (MyTool) and get the FQCN, transform it into a file path, and check if the file exists. If it does, it will <?php include(); ?> it, and if you wrote your class correctly, the class will be available within its correct namespace.
Then, if you have the following code :
<?php $tool = new Pierstoval/Tools/MyTool(); ?>
The autoloader will transform the FQCN into this path :

This might be the best practices ever in PHP framework developments, such as Symfony or others.
php dot net at e-z dot name
3 years ago
php namespaces are case-insensitive:

namespace foo;

'from bar';



\bar() // output: from bar

vlad dot 32418 at gmail dot com
4 months ago
I was not obvious for me...
You can't resolve variable names conflict via namespaces.


namespace myspace {
   $line = "some text";
   function someFunc() { }

If you attach this file:


You should call the function this way:


But echo $line; would give you "some text".
(echo myspace\$line; would give you an error).
sonkengmaldini at gmail dot com
1 year ago
Be aware that using  character set UTF-8 with namespace will output a fatal error telling you that 'Namespace declaration statement has to be the very first statement in the script ' instead of that character use the UTF-8 (sans BOM) !
this will display the previous message
namespace myNameSpace;//fatal error! with UTF-8 character set
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