What Is the "|" Character Used for in a PHP Type?

Find out what the pipe/vertical bar character does in a PHP type

In PHP 8+, when the pipe/vertical bar symbol (i.e. "|") is used in a type, it creates a "union type", which allows multiple types to be accepted during type checking.

For example, to create a union type of int and float values, you could do the following:

// PHP 8+
function foo(int|float $num)
{
    // ...
}

This would allow passing both, int and float values, to the function "foo". Similarly, you can use union types in all positions where types are accepted (such as class properties, function/method return, etc.).


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