Add IntArray, StringArray, ObjectArray etc.

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Bored of not knowing value type in array ? You are at the right spot !

With php-typed-array, you can type your array values. How ? Cause now you will use object instead of array, who can control their values.



composer require steevanb/php-typed-array ^3.3

Typed array available

  • FloatArray: can store float
  • IntArray: can store int
  • ScalarArray: can store string|int|float|bool
  • StringArray: can store string
  • ObjectArray: can store object
  • ByteStringArray: can store Symfony\Component\String\ByteString (need symfony/string to work)
  • CodePointStringArray: can store Symfony\Component\String\CodePointStringArray (need symfony/string to work)
  • UnicodeStringArray: can store Symfony\Component\String\UnicodeStringArray (need symfony/string to work)


/!\ See Limitations before using it, PHP have a some limitations with objects as array /!\

Simple usage:

$intArray = new IntArray([1, 2]);
$intArray['key'] = 3;
foreach ($intArray as $key => $int) {
    // do your stuff, you are SURE $int is integer !

Usefull usage:

function returnInts(): \IntArray
    return new \IntArray([1, 2, 3]); 

foreach (returnInts() as $key => $int) {
    // do your stuff, you are SURE $int is an integer !

This will throw an \Exception, cause 'foo' is not allowed:

$intArray = new IntArray([1, 2, 'foo']);

Filter values to be uniques

If you want to be sure a value is unique inside your TypedArray, you have to configure valueAlreadyExistMode:

// IntArray will contain [1, 2, 2]
(new IntArray())
    // Default behavior, code here is just for the example
    ->setValues([1, 2, 2]);

// IntArray will contain [1, 2]
(new IntArray())
    ->setValues([1, 2, 2]);

// ValueAlreadyExistException will be throwned
(new IntArray())
    ->setValues([1, 2, 2]);

/!\ Calling setValueAlreadyExistMode() will NOT apply new mode to data already defined. It will only be applied on new values.

Behavior when adding null

You can configure the behavior when null value is added:

// IntArray will contain [1, 2, null]
(new IntArray())
    // default behavior, code here is just for the example
    ->setValues([1, 2, null]);

// IntArray will contain [1, 2]
(new IntArray())
    ->setValues([1, 2, null]);

// NullValueException will be throwned
(new IntArray())
    ->setValues([1, 2, null]);

Read only

Sometimes when you add values in your TypedArray, once you have finished you don't want this object to be modified.

You can have this behavior with read only:

$foo = new IntArray([1, 2]);
// By default you can add values after object creation
$foo[] = 3;
// Now set read only
$foo->setReadOnly(); // you don't need to define first parameter to true: it's default value
// ReadOnlyException will be throwned
$foo[] = 4;

// You can disable readonly
$foo[] = 3;


If you need to store objects in array, you can use steevanb\PhpTypedArray\ObjectArray\ObjectArray.

To be sure each objects are an instance of something, you can configure it in __construct():

$dateTimeArray = new ObjectArray([new \DateTime()], \DateTime::class);

Or you can extends ObjectArray and configure it internally:

class DateTimeArray extends ObjectArray
    public function __construct(iterable $values = [])
        parent::__construct($values, \DateTime::class);
    /** This method is not mandatory, but you can create it to typehint $typedArray and the return */
    public function merge(self $typedArray): self

        return $this;
     * This method is not mandatory, but you can create it to typehint return when you access an item
     * $data = new DateTimeArray([new \DateTime(), new \DateTime()]);
     * // Autocompletion should work with the override of current()
     * $first = $data[0];
    public function current(): ?\DateTime
        return parent::current();

Methods to modify keys and values

All methods below will directly apply modifications, it will not return a new TypedArray with modifications applied like some PHP functions do.

Method Version PHP associated function Description
clear() ^3.3 none Clear all data and reset next key to 0. Next data added with $array[] will have key 0.
changeKeyCase() ^3.3 array_change_key_case() Changes the case of all keys


PHP as some issues or limitations with their own implementation of \ArrayAccess, iterable etc.



You can easily integrate php-typed-array in your projects with this bridges: