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$GLOBALS> <Predefined Variables
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SuperglobalsSuperglobals are built-in variables that are always available in all scopes


Several predefined variables in PHP are "superglobals", which means they are available in all scopes throughout a script. There is no need to do global $variable; to access them within functions or methods.

These superglobal variables are:


Version Description
4.1.0 Superglobals were introduced to PHP.


Note: Variable availability

By default, all of the superglobals are available but there are directives that affect this availability. For further information, refer to the documentation for variables_order.

Note: Dealing with register_globals

If the deprecated register_globals directive is set to on then the variables within will also be made available in the global scope of the script. For example, $_POST['foo'] would also exist as $foo.

For related information, see the FAQ titled "How does register_globals affect me?"

Note: Variable variables

Superglobals cannot be used as variable variables inside functions or class methods.

add a note add a note User Contributed Notes Superglobals
lskatz at gmail dot com 10-Oct-2008 08:51
It's not a good idea to use $_ENV unless you are specifying an environmental variable.  This is probably a better example that I found on another page in

function test() {
$foo = "local variable";

'$foo in global scope: ' . $GLOBALS["foo"] . "\n";
'$foo in current scope: ' . $foo . "\n";

$foo = "Example content";
Tibor > 05-Oct-2008 10:00
You can use superglobals to make your variables available everywhere without declaring them global.


['mystring'] = 'Hello World';
$_ENV['myarray'] = array('Alpha', 'Bravo', 'Charlie');

test() {



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