It is said on the following link:
Using the strpos() function
The strpos() function is used to search for a string or character within a string.

If a match is found in the string, this function will return the position of the first match. If no match is found, it will return FALSE.


Isn't the following supposed to output to screen "FALSE" ? I do not see this happening.

  echo strpos("Hello world!","s");
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Worked for me. It returned a zero.
How did I test that?
echo strpos("Hello world!","s")==0

Also works. (adding with edit.
echo strpos("Hello world!","s")==FALSE;

Edited by rproffitt: Clarifying


In addition: it happens because it's boolean FALSE which is converted automatically to an empty string, you won't get a string FALSE, for example:

echo "FALSE"; # string, printed
echo 'FALSE'; # string, printed
echo FALSE;   # boolean, empty

From the manual:

A boolean TRUE value is converted to the string "1". Boolean FALSE is converted to "" (the empty string). This allows conversion back and forth between boolean and string values.

Link: http://php.net/manual/en/language.types.string.php#language.types.string.casting

In your case you can write:

$pos = strpos('Hello World!', 's');

if(FALSE !== $pos)
    # success

    # not found

Edited by cereal


Just for fun, time to see why we would use triple equal signs here.

echo 1, strpos("Hello world!","s")==FALSE, PHP_EOL;
echo 2, strpos("Hello world!","s")===FALSE, PHP_EOL;
echo 3, strpos("Hello world!","s")==0, PHP_EOL;
echo 4, strpos("Hello world!","s")===0, PHP_EOL;

I'm confused why PHP chose to return FALSE rather than -1 (not found) like C++ (string::npos) here. It's returning an index. Why bother mixing types? What's the advantage? A negative integer representing an obviously non-existent index if not found or a non-negative integer representing the real index if found seems more intuitive than an integer if found and "FALSE" if not found. To me at least.

Edited by AssertNull

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