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$GLOBALS

(PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7)

$GLOBALSReferences all variables available in global scope

Description

An associative array containing references to all variables which are currently defined in the global scope of the script. The variable names are the keys of the array.

Examples

Example #1 $GLOBALS example

<?php
function test() {
    
$foo "local variable";

    echo 
'$foo in global scope: ' $GLOBALS["foo"] . "\n";
    echo 
'$foo in current scope: ' $foo "\n";
}

$foo "Example content";
test();
?>

The above example will output something similar to:

$foo in global scope: Example content
$foo in current scope: local variable

Notes

Note:

This is a 'superglobal', or automatic global, variable. This simply means that it is available in all scopes throughout a script. There is no need to do global $variable; to access it within functions or methods.

Note: Variable availability

Unlike all of the other superglobals, $GLOBALS has essentially always been available in PHP.

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mstraczkowski at gmail dot com
4 years ago
Watch out when you are trying to set $GLOBALS to the local variable.

Even without reference operator "&" your variable seems to be referenced to the $GLOBALS

You can test this behaviour using below code

<?php
/**
* Result:
* POST: B, Variable: C
* GLOBALS: C, Variable: C
*/

// Testing $_POST
$_POST['A'] = 'B';

$nonReferencedPostVar = $_POST;
$nonReferencedPostVar['A'] = 'C';

echo
'POST: '.$_POST['A'].', Variable: '.$nonReferencedPostVar['A']."\n\n";

// Testing Globals
$GLOBALS['A'] = 'B';

$nonReferencedGlobalsVar = $GLOBALS;
$nonReferencedGlobalsVar['A'] = 'C';

echo
'GLOBALS: '.$GLOBALS['A'].', Variable: '.$nonReferencedGlobalsVar['A']."\n\n";
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therandshow at gmail dot com
6 years ago
As of PHP 5.4 $GLOBALS is now initialized just-in-time. This means there now is an advantage to not use the $GLOBALS variable as you can avoid the overhead of initializing it. How much of an advantage that is I'm not sure, but I've never liked $GLOBALS much anyways.
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vittorio.zamparella at famous googlemail
1 year ago
I finally found information about superglobals not being found in $GLOBALS:

https://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=65223&edit=2
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[2013-07-09 12:00 UTC] johannes @php.net
[...]super-globals (aka. auto globals) are not added to symbol tables by default for performance reasons unless the parser sees need. i.e.

<?php
$_SERVER
;
print_r($GLOBALS);
?>

will list it. You can also control this using auto_gloals_jit in php.ini: http://www.php.net/manual/en/ini.core.php#ini.auto-globals-jit
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http://www.php.net/manual/en/language.variables.variable.php
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Warning
Please note that variable variables cannot be used with PHP's Superglobal arrays within functions or class methods. The variable $this is also a special variable that cannot be referenced dynamically.
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stevenjeffries at gmail dot com
2 years ago
I ran into the case where I needed to know if my script was in the global scope or not.

You can use $GLOBALS to figure out which case that is:

<?php // file foo.php

$some_unique_prefix_foo = "ok";
if (isset(
$GLOBALS["some_unique_prefix_foo"])) {
    echo
"Foo is in global scope.\n";
} else {
    echo
"Foo is NOT in global scope.\n";
}
unset(
$some_unique_prefix_foo);

// Inside another file.
function test() {
    include
"foo.php";
}
test();

?>

Outputs:

Foo is in global scope.
Foo is NOT in global scope.
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