A PHP json_encode array conversion example

If you need to see a simple PHP example that converts an array of data to a JSON string using the json_encode function, I hope this little script is helpful:


# do some stuff here ...

# send a json reply back to the sencha client
header('Content-type: text/html');
echo json_encode(array(
    "success" => true,
    "msg" => $message,
    "id" => $id


I omitted a lot from that script, but as you can see at the end of the script, I use the PHP json_encode method to convert a PHP array to JSON.

The output from that script varies depending on the values of $message and $id=, but some sample output looks like this JSON string:


A PHP to JSON multidimensional array example

A real-world scenario is to return an array of arrays from PHP as a JSON string, using json_encode. Here’s how that works. This code:


header('Content-type: text/html');
echo json_encode(
        array('symbol' => 'AAPL', 'price' => '525.00'),
        array('symbol' => 'GOOG', 'price' => '600.00'),
        array('symbol' => 'TSLA', 'price' => '220.00')


yields this JSON output:


As you can see, in the PHP code I have an array of arrays that map a stock symbol to its price, and convert that to JSON by calling json_encode, and the code results in the output shown.


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