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PHP printf vs sprintf

printf will output a formatted string using placeholders.

sprintf will return the formatted string

$name = 'Jeff';
printf("Hello %s, How's it going?", $name);
$greeting = sprintf("Hello %s, How's it going?", $name);
echo $greeting;


Hello Jeff, How's it going?
Hello Jeff, How's it going?

It is also possible to format a number with these 2 functions. This can be used to format a decimal value used to represent money so that it always has 2 decimal digits.

$money = 25.2;
printf('%01.2f', $money);



The two functions vprintf and vsprintf operate as printf and sprintf, but accept a format string and an array of values, instead of individual variables.


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