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PHP Basic usage getting content between buffers and clearing


Example

Output buffering allows you to store any textual content (Text, HTML) in a variable and send to the browser as one piece at the end of your script. By default, php sends your content as it interprets it.

<?php

// Turn on output buffering
ob_start();

// Print some output to the buffer (via php)
print 'Hello ';

// You can also `step out` of PHP
?>
<em>World</em>
<?php
// Return the buffer AND clear it
$content = ob_get_clean();

// Return our buffer and then clear it
# $content = ob_get_contents();
# $did_clear_buffer = ob_end_clean();

print($content);

#> "Hello <em>World</em>"

Any content outputted between ob_start() and ob_get_clean() will be captured and placed into the variable $content.

Calling ob_get_clean() triggers both ob_get_contents() and ob_end_clean().