php – How to use implode a column from an array of stdClass objects?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I have an array of stdClass objects and I want to build a comma separated list using one specific field of all those stdClass objects. My array looks like this:

$obj1 = stdClass Object ( [foo] => 4 [bar] => 8 [foo-bar] => 15 );
$obj2 = stdClass Object ( [foo] => 16 [bar] => 23 [foo-bar] => 42 );
$obj3 = stdClass Object ( [foo] => 76 [bar] => 79 [foo-bar] => 83 );

$a = array(1=>$obj1 , 2=>$obj2 , 3=>$obj3);

And I want to implode on foo of all the stdClass objects in that array to create a comma separated list. So the desired result is:


Is there any way to do this with implode (or some other mystery function) without having to put this array of objects through a loop?

How to solve:

You could use array_map() and implode()

$a = array_map(function($obj) { return $obj->foo; }, 
               array(1=>$obj1 , 2=>$obj2 , 3=>$obj3));

$a = implode(", ", $a);


This is actually the best way I’ve found, it doesn’t seem to be answered here properly as the array of objects should be able to handle dynamic size.

$str = implode(',', array_map(function($x) { return $x->foo; }, $a));

This also seems to be the cleanest solution I’ve seen.


With PHP 7.0+ you can use array_column for this.

echo implode(',', array_column($a, 'foo'));


You can actually set __toString() on the class as suggested by Ray, but you don’t need to iterate through the array first. implode() will directly call the __toString() function of the objects (which also works with associative arrays, btw).


A very neat solution for this is the array_reduce() function, that reduces an array to a single value:

$str = array_reduce($a, function($v, $w) {
    if ($v) $v .= ',';
    return $v . $w->foo;


echo implode("','",(array)$data->stdArray);


I guess the easiest way would be to create an ID indexed array and then call implode on array_keys:

$a = array();
$a[4] = stdClass Object ( [foo] => 4 [bar] => 8 [foo-bar] => 15 );
$a[16] = stdClass Object ( [foo] => 16 [bar] => 23 [foo-bar] => 42 );
$a[76] = stdClass Object ( [foo] => 76 [bar] => 79 [foo-bar] => 83 );

echo implode(', ', array_keys($a));


No, the best you can do is iterate through, call tostring() on the object and put the results in a new array to call implode on.


If it’s a 1-level object, this worked for me.

function implodeObjValues($glue, $obj) { 
    $s = "";
    foreach($obj[1] as $n=>$v) {
        $s .= $glue . $v;
    return substr($s,strlen($glue));

function implodeObjLabels($glue, $obj) { 
    $s = "";
    foreach($obj[1] as $n=>$v) {
        $s .= $glue . $n;
    return substr($s,strlen($glue));

Could include a by-type multi-level process, but I didn’t need that yet.
Hope this helps.

Handy for converting MySQL object back to array.

$db = new mysqli("localhost",$usr,$pw,$db);
$row = $db->query("SHOW TABLES");
$a = implodeObjValues("|",$row);

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