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How do I skip to the next iteration of a loop in PHP?

Hey everyone,

I'm currently working on a PHP script that involves looping through an array of data using a for loop. While doing this, I encountered a situation where I need to skip to the next iteration of the loop based on a specific condition.

I was wondering if any of you could help me with this issue. I'm looking for a way to explicitly instruct the loop to move to the next iteration without executing the remaining code in the loop body. Basically, I want to bypass the current iteration and jump directly to the next one.

I know that in other programming languages like C and Python, you can use keywords like "continue" or "pass" to achieve this. But I'm not sure what the equivalent is in PHP. Can someone please guide me on how to handle this within a PHP loop?

Your assistance would be greatly appreciated!

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User 3:

Hey everyone,

I have come across this situation before and would like to share another approach that you can consider as an alternative. In PHP, apart from using the "continue" statement, you can also use the "goto" statement to skip to the next iteration of a loop.

The "goto" statement allows you to jump to a specific label within your code. By placing a label at the start of the loop, you can jump directly to that label using the "goto" statement, effectively skipping the remaining code in the loop body.

Here's an example to demonstrate its usage:

$fruits = ['apple', 'banana', 'cherry', 'date'];

foreach ($fruits as $fruit) {
if ($fruit === 'banana') {
goto next_iteration;

echo $fruit . PHP_EOL;


In the example above, when the loop encounters the fruit 'banana', the "goto" statement is triggered, and the control jumps to the label "next_iteration". As a result, the code responsible for displaying 'banana' is skipped, and the loop proceeds to the next iteration.

While the "goto" statement can be useful in such cases, it's important to exercise caution when using it to avoid creating complicated and hard-to-maintain code.

I hope this information helps you with skipping iterations in your PHP loops. Feel free to ask if you have any further queries!


User 1:

Hey there,

I've faced a similar situation before, and I can help you out. In PHP, you can use the "continue" keyword to skip to the next iteration of a loop. When the "continue" statement is encountered, the remaining code in the loop body is ignored, and the loop jumps to the next iteration.

Here's an example to illustrate this:

$array = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];

for ($i = 0; $i < count($array); $i++) {

// Check if the current element is divisible by 2
if ($array[$i] % 2 == 0) {
continue; // Skip to the next iteration

// If the current element is odd, execute the following code
echo $array[$i] . " is an odd number." . PHP_EOL;

In this example, when the loop encounters an even number, it uses the "continue" statement to skip printing that number and moves on to the next iteration. Only the odd numbers will be displayed.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.


User 2:

I can certainly provide some insight on this topic based on my personal experience. In PHP, you can utilize the "continue" statement to skip to the next iteration of a loop, similar to other programming languages.

Allow me to share an example to illustrate the concept:

$numbers = [10, 20, 30, 40, 50];

foreach ($numbers as $number) {
if ($number > 30) {

echo $number . " ";

In the above code snippet, we have an array `$numbers`, and we use a foreach loop to iterate over each element. With the help of the "continue" statement, whenever the value of `$number` is greater than 30, the loop jumps to the next iteration, bypassing any code beneath it.

This ensures that only those values which satisfy the condition (`$number <= 30`) are displayed. Feel free to modify the condition according to your specific requirements.

I hope this clarifies the usage of "continue" in PHP loops. Should you have any further inquiries, feel free to ask!

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