Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   33 times

I'm sure this is an extremely obvious question, and that there's a function that does exactly this, but I can't seem to find it. In PHP, I'd like to know if my array has duplicates in it, as efficiently as possible. I don't want to remove them like array_unique does, and I don't particularly want to run array_unique and compare it to the original array to see if they're the same, as this seems very inefficient. As far as performance is concerned, the "expected condition" is that the array has no duplicates.

I'd just like to be able to do something like

if (no_dupes($array))
    // this deals with arrays without duplicates
    // this deals with arrays with duplicates

Is there any obvious function I'm not thinking of?
How to detect duplicate values in PHP array?
has the right title, and is a very similar question, however if you actually read the question, he's looking for array_count_values.



You can do:

function has_dupes($array) {
    $dupe_array = array();
    foreach ($array as $val) {
        if (++$dupe_array[$val] > 1) {
            return true;
    return false;
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Given your sample arrays, the output of this will be:

> 0

In case you HAD to have only one number output, this should do that:

//Check if stackArray contains 8group
for($i=0; $i<count($GroupOfEight);$i++){
    //$containsSearch = count(array_intersect($search_this,$all)) == count($search_this);
    $containsSearch = (count(array_intersect($stackArray,$GroupOfEight[$i])) == count($stackArray) && count(array_intersect($stackArray,$GroupOfEight[$i])) == count($GroupOfEight[$i]));
    if($containsSearch && !$check){
        echo $i; //This specifies which index in GroupOfEight contains a matching array

EDIT: Made a function. Returns first matched index or -1 for no matches:

function searcheight($stackArray,$GroupOfEight){
    for($i=0; $i<count($GroupOfEight);$i++){
        $containsSearch = (count(array_intersect($stackArray,$GroupOfEight[$i])) == count($stackArray) && count(array_intersect($stackArray,$GroupOfEight[$i])) == count($GroupOfEight[$i]));
            return $i; //This specifies which index in GroupOfEight contains a matching array
    return -1;
echo searcheight($stackArray,$GroupOfEight);
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

When you set cell values individually, you have the option of setting the datatype explicitly, but when you use the fromArray() method, you don't have this option.

However, by default, PHP uses a default value binder to identify datatypes from the values passed, and set the cell datatype accordingly. This default behaviour is defined in a class /PHPExcel/Cell/DefaultValueBinder.php.

So you can create your own value binder, as described in the PHPExcel Documentation, that would set every value as a string datatype.

Something like:

class PHPExcel_Cell_MyColumnValueBinder extends PHPExcel_Cell_DefaultValueBinder implements PHPExcel_Cell_IValueBinder
    protected $stringColumns = [];

    public function __construct(array $stringColumnList = []) {
        // Accept a list of columns that will always be set as strings
        $this->stringColumns = $stringColumnList;

    public function bindValue(PHPExcel_Cell $cell, $value = null)
        // If the cell is one of our columns to set as a string...
        if (in_array($cell->getColumn(), $this->stringColumns)) {
            // ... then we cast it to a string and explicitly set it as a string
            $cell->setValueExplicit((string) $value, PHPExcel_Cell_DataType::TYPE_STRING);
            return true;
        // Otherwise, use the default behaviour
        return parent::bindValue($cell, $value);

// Instantiate our custom binder, with a list of columns, and tell PHPExcel to use it
PHPExcel_Cell::setValueBinder(new PHPExcel_Cell_MyColumnValueBinder(['A', 'B', 'C', 'E', 'F']));

$objPHPExcel = new PHPExcel();
Friday, May 28, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

Look at array_intersect().

$containsSearch = count(array_intersect($search_this, $all)) === count($search_this);
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

There's a lot been written about PHPExcel and memory use, and I'm not going to repeat it all here.

Try reading some of the threads on the PHPExcel discussion board discussing the issue, such as this one; or previous answers here on SO such as this one or this one

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
answered 4 Months ago
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