array_diff_key

array_diff_key

(PHP 5 >= 5.1.0RC1)

array_diff_key -- Computes the difference of arrays using keys for comparison

Description

array array_diff_key ( array array1, array array2 [, array ...] )

array_diff_key() returns an array containing all the values of array1 that have keys that are not present in any of the other arguments. Note that the associativity is preserved. This function is like array_diff() except the comparison is done on the keys instead of the values.

Example 1. array_diff_key() example

<?php
$array1
= array('blue'  => 1, 'red'  => 2, 'green'  => 3, 'purple' => 4);
$array2 = array('green' => 5, 'blue' => 6, 'yellow' => 7, 'cyan'   => 8);

var_dump(array_diff_key($array1, $array2));
?>

The above example will output:

array(2) {
  ["red"]=>
  int(2)
  ["purple"]=>
  int(4)
}

The two keys from the key => value pairs are considered equal only if (string) $key1 === (string) $key2 . In other words a strict type check is executed so the string representation must be the same.

Note: Please note that this function only checks one dimension of a n-dimensional array. Of course you can check deeper dimensions by using array_diff_key($array1[0], $array2[0]);.

See also array_diff(), array_udiff() array_diff_assoc(), array_diff_uassoc(), array_udiff_assoc(), array_udiff_uassoc(), array_diff_ukey(), array_intersect(), array_intersect_assoc(), array_intersect_uassoc(), array_intersect_key() and array_intersect_ukey().

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