Returns the number of elements in
which is typically an array, since anything else
will have one element.
For objects, if you have SPL installed, you can hook into count() by implementing interface Countable. The interface has exactly one method, count(), which returns the return value for the count() function.
var is not an array or an object with
implemented Countable interface,
1 will be returned.
There is one exception, if
var is NULL,
0 will be returned.
Note: The optional
modeparameter is available as of PHP 4.2.0.
If the optional
mode parameter is set to
COUNT_RECURSIVE (or 1), count()
will recursively count the array. This is particularly useful for
counting all the elements of a multidimensional array. The default
mode is 0.
count() does not detect infinite recursion.
count() may return 0 for a variable that isn't set, but it may also return 0 for a variable that has been initialized with an empty array. Use isset() to test if a variable is set.
Please see the Array section of the manual for a detailed explanation of how arrays are implemented and used in PHP.