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is_numeric Finds whether a variable is a number or a numeric string


bool is_numeric ( mixed $var )

Finds whether the given variable is numeric. Numeric strings consist of optional sign, any number of digits, optional decimal part and optional exponential part. Thus +0123.45e6 is a valid numeric value. Hexadecimal notation (0xFF) is allowed too but only without sign, decimal and exponential part.



The variable being evaluated.

Return Values

Returns TRUE if var is a number or a numeric string, FALSE otherwise.


Example #1 is_numeric() examples

= array(
"not numeric"

foreach (
$tests as $element) {
    if (
is_numeric($element)) {
"'{$element}' is numeric"PHP_EOL;
    } else {
"'{$element}' is NOT numeric"PHP_EOL;

The above example will output:

'42' is numeric
'1337' is numeric
'1e4' is numeric
'not numeric' is NOT numeric
'Array' is NOT numeric
'9.1' is numeric

See Also

  • ctype_digit() - Check for numeric character(s)
  • is_bool() - Finds out whether a variable is a boolean
  • is_null() - Finds whether a variable is NULL
  • is_float() - Finds whether the type of a variable is float
  • is_int() - Find whether the type of a variable is integer
  • is_string() - Find whether the type of a variable is string
  • is_object() - Finds whether a variable is an object
  • is_array() - Finds whether a variable is an array

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