In this tutorial, we will compare PHP echo with PHP print statement.
We have seen both echo and print statements in our previous tutorials. Both of these statements are used frequently to display the output. In this tutorial let’s see a comparison between the two statements:
- PHP echo
- PHP print
In PHP echo and PHP print both languages are construct. They never behave like a function. Therefore no parentheses required. However both echo and print can use with or without parentheses. We can use these statements to get output strings and variables.
Comparison between echo and print
|Uses||To print output of string, variable||This is also used to print output of string, variable|
|Syntax||void echo(string $arg1 [, string $… ])||int print(string $arg)|
|Return||Does not return anything||Always return
|String||It can take one or more strings.||It can take only one string at a time|
|Speed||echo is faster than print||print is slower than echo|
|Parentheses||Can use with or without parentheses||Can use with or without parentheses|
You can also check the difference between PHP echo and PHP print with the help of the following programs.
PHP echo Vs print: Checking Multiple arguments
We can pass multiple arguments in PHP echo separated by a comma. This will not give any syntax error.
<?php $msg1 = "Hello "; $msg2 = "World!"; echo "The Message is: ".$msg1,$msg2; ?>
However, this will give an error in the PHP print statement as the print statement not accept multiple arguments.
<?php $msg1 = "Hello "; $msg2 = "World!"; print "Message is: ".$msg1,$msg2; ?>
PHP echo vs print: Check Return value
<?php $msg1 = "Hello "; $msg2 = "World!"; $ret = echo "Message is: ".$msg1,$msg2; echo "</br>"; echo "Value return by print statement: ".$ret; ?>
As we know the PHP print statement always returns 1.
<?php $msg = "PHP"; $ret = print "The Message is: ".$msg; print "</br>"; print "Value return by print statement: ".$ret; ?>
Value return by print statement: 1