PHP | Reverse a given string without using the library function

Given a string. Learn, how to reverse the string without using any PHP's library function?
Submitted by Bhanu Sharma, on August 11, 2019 [Last updated : March 13, 2023]

Given a string and we have to reverse it without using a library function.


    Input: "Hello world!"
    Output: "!dlrow olleH"

    Input: "Welcome @ IncludeHelp.Com"
    Output: "moC.pleHedulcnI @ emocleW"

PHP code to reverse the string without using library function

//PHP code to reverse the string without 
//using library function

//function definition 
//it accepts a string and returns the revrse string
function reverse_string($text){
    $rev = ''; //variable to store reverse string
    $i = 0; //counting length
    //calculating the length of the string 
    //accessing the element from the reverse
    //and, assigning them to the $rev variable 
    for($j = $i - 1; $j >= 0; $j--){
        $rev .= $text[$j];
    //returninig the reversed string
    return $rev;

//main code i.e. function calling
$str = "Hello world!";
$r_str = reverse_string($str);
echo "string is: ". $str . "<br/>";
echo "reversed string is: ". $r_str . "<br/>";

$str = "Welcome @ IncludeHelp.Com";
$r_str = reverse_string($str);
echo "string is: ". $str . "<br/>";
echo "reversed string is: ". $r_str . "<br/>";



string is: Hello world!
reversed string is: !dlrow olleH
string is: Welcome @ IncludeHelp.Com
reversed string is: moC.pleHedulcnI @ emocleW


Since we can't use the library function, In the function - we run a for loop to reverse the strings by storing the sequence in reverse order in the variable $rev. An additional while loop is set up to check if the variable $text contains a valid string (i.e. to calculate the length). This is an additional safety check to ensure that the program works even if numbers are put into the function.

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