Passing variables to anonymous PHP functions

Josh Sherman
1 min read
Software Development PHP

The other day I ran into a situation (first time, it seems) where I needed to access a variable inside of an anonymous function inside of preg_replace_callback(). My first thought, even though it went against my better judgement was to simply define the variables as global inside of the function. No dice.

After some research, I found that you need to use the use language construct to be able to access the variables. The syntax is very straight forward:

$callback = function() use ($var1, $var2)
	echo 'Yay! I have access to ' . $var1 . ' and ' . $var2 . '!!';

Easy peasy! I’m still pretty shocked that I only recently ran into this. Have you learned anything recently that surprised you? Comment below!

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