Posted by Arjun Arjun on Tuesday 29th March 2016, 1 minute read

Remove specific value from array using php?

PHP Code Snippets Array Delete Particular Remove Specific Value

This post shows the possible ways to remove specific element from array based on value of the element.

Removing specific value Using array_diff()

Using this method we can remove one or more elements where using other methods we can only remove/delete one element at a given instance.

function remove_element($array,$value) {
  return array_diff($array, (is_array($value) ? $value : array($value)));
}

$myArray = array('php', 'laravel', '.net', 'java', 'c#', 'javascript');

$result = remove_element($myArray,'.net');

print_r($result);

// output : Array ( [0] => php [1] => laravel [3] => java [4] => c# [5] => javascript )

Removing specific value using array_search()

Using this method we can only remove one element at given instance. If there are two values with the same text it will remove first element only.

function remove_element(&$array,$value) {
 if(($key = array_search($value,$array)) !== false) {
       unset($array[$key]);
  }    
}

$myArray = array('php', 'laravel', '.net', 'java', 'c#', 'javascript');
remove_element($myArray,'php');
print_r($myArray);

Removing specific value using array_keys()

If there can be multiple items with the same value, you can use array_keys to get the keys to all items as shown below.

function remove_element($array,$value) {
 foreach (array_keys($array, $value) as $key) {
    unset($array[$key]);
 }  
  return $array;
}

$myArray = array('php', 'laravel', '.net', 'java', 'c#', 'javascript','php');
$result = remove_element($myArray,'php');
print_r($result);

// output : Array ( [1] => laravel [2] => .net [3] => java [4] => c# [5] => javascript ) 

That is it.

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Arjun

I am Arjun from Hyderabad (India). I have been working as a software engineer from the last 7+ years, and it is my passion to learn new things and implement them as a practice. Aside from work, I like gardening and spending time with pets.