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PHP : Function Reference : Class/Object Functions : get_class_methods


Gets the class methods' names (PHP 4, PHP 5)
array get_class_methods ( mixed class_name )

Example 375. get_class_methods() example


class myclass {
// constructor
function myclass()

// method 1
function myfunc1()

// method 2
function myfunc2()

$class_methods = get_class_methods('myclass');
// or
$class_methods = get_class_methods(new myclass());

foreach (
$class_methods as $method_name) {


The above example will output:


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Code Examples / Notes » get_class_methods


You cant get the Methods of COM components. So trying to get the methods from an instance of PHP's COM class will fail.


Win32 only:
It's probably worth noting here that you can't get the methods of an object created by the built-in 'COM' class. ie - this won't work:
$word = new COM('Word.Application');
$methods = get_class_methods(get_class($word));


This function will return only the methods for the object you indicate. It will strip out the inherited methods.
function get_this_class_methods($class){
$array1 = get_class_methods($class);
if($parent_class = get_parent_class($class)){
$array2 = get_class_methods($parent_class);
$array3 = array_diff($array1, $array2);
$array3 = $array1;


Note that this function will answer both class AND instance methods ("class methods" are called "static" in PHP). Sort of a little "trap" for people who have in-depth experience with the OO terminology :-)


It is important to note that get_class_methods($class) returns not only methods defined by $class but also the inherited methods.
There does not appear to be any PHP function to determine which methods are inherited and which are defined explicitly by a class.


In PHP4, this function converts its return values to lowercase; but in PHP5, it leaves the return values in their original case. This can cause serious problems when trying to write code that dynamically calls a class method, and that works in both PHP4 and PHP5. This code snippet shows one way of achieving compatibility with both versions:
// Example variables - these would be dynamic in a real application.
$className = 'SomeClass';
$methodName= 'someMethod';
$args = array('arg1', 'arg2');
// Use array_map() and strtolower() to make all values returned by get_class_methods() lowercase. PHP4 does this anyway - now it will happen regardless of the PHP version being used.
$classMethods = array_map(strtolower, get_class_methods($className));
// in_array() can only handle being given an array.
if (!$classMethods) {
 $classMethods = array();
if (in_array(strtolower($methodName), $classMethods)) {
 // call some method
 return call_user_func_array(array($className, $methodName), $args);


In PHP4, if you need to get_class_methods in their original case. You can use this simple function I created.
// Note: this function assumes that you only have 1 class in 1 file
$file = "path/to/myclass.php"
function file_get_class_methods ($file)
$arr = file($file);
foreach ($arr as $line)
if (ereg ('function ([_A-Za-z0-9]+)', $line, $regs))
$arr_methods[] = $regs[1];
return $arr_methods;


If you use "get_class_methods" to check if a Method is in a Class remember that the function return lowered name of class methods:
class classPippo
       function DummyFunct()
               // Do nothing...
$aClassMethods = get_class_methods(classPippo);
$sMethodName = 'DummyFunct';
// This not work...
       if (in_array($sMethodName, $aClassMethods))
// This work...
       if (in_array(strtolower($sMethodName), $aClassMethods))


I've figured out how to get around my issue described below, using the Reflection API.
/* Pass the name of the class, not a declared handler */
function get_public_methods($className) {
/* Init the return array */
$returnArray = array();
/* Iterate through each method in the class */
foreach (get_class_methods($className) as $method) {
/* Get a reflection object for the class method */
$reflect = new ReflectionMethod($className, $method);
/* For private, use isPrivate().  For protected, use isProtected() */
/* See the Reflection API documentation for more definitions */
if($reflect->isPublic()) {
/* The method is one we're looking for, push it onto the return array */
/* return the array to the caller */
return $returnArray;

bill kuker

Contrary to a note below this method seems to exclude private and protected functions.

oli filth

As an extension to onesimus's code below for finding inherited methods, in PHP 5 you can use the Reflection API to find which of these are overriden.
function get_overriden_methods($class)
$rClass = new ReflectionClass($class);
$array = NULL;

foreach ($rClass->getMethods() as $rMethod)
// attempt to find method in parent class
new ReflectionMethod($rClass->getParentClass()->getName(),
// check whether method is explicitly defined in this class
if ($rMethod->getDeclaringClass()->getName()
== $rClass->getName())
// if so, then it is overriden, so add to array
$array[] .=  $rMethod->getName();
catch (exception $e)
{ /* was not in parent class! */ }

return $array;


!Concerning PHP5 Only!
If you want to get all methods/functions from a class you can do this with the get_class_methods function.
   $arrMethodNames = get_class_methods ( $ClassNameOrObject);
However the drawback on this function in PHP5 is that you will NOT receive protected and private methods of a class/object if you are calling the method from another class/object context.
If you want to receive all methods of a given Class in another Class you should use the PHP5 Reflection API. The following source allows to retrieve all methods from a derived class in its (abstract) Base Class.
In the example you need to call the base constructor from the derived classes constructor in order to let the base class know the name of the derived class. Use the "__CLASS__" definition for passing the classname of current class to its base class.
// Base Class - Abstract
abstract class A {

// Array of ReflectionMethod Objects
// is being set upon instanciation
// derived Classes don't need to know about this array
private $arrMethods;

// Constructor which MUST be called from derived Class Constructor
protected function __construct ( $strDerivedClassName ) {
$oRefl = new ReflectionClass ( $strDerivedClassName );
if ( is_object($oRefl) ) {
$this->arrMethods = $oRefl->getMethods();

// Some abstract function
abstract protected function D ();

// Some private function
private function E() {

// method to print all class/object methods
// must be callable from derived classes
// can be protected if only for internal class use
public function PrintAllMethods () {
foreach ( $this->arrMethods as $curReflectionMethod ) {
echo $curReflectionMethod->getName()."

// Derived Class
class B extends A {

// Constructor for this class
// MUST call Base Constructor
public function __construct () {
// Call Base Constructor

// Some public function
public function A () {

// some protected function
protected function B () {

// some private function
private function C() {

// some abstract method from base class implemented
protected function D () {

// Create new B Object
$b = new B();
// Print all Methods of this Object/Class
In this example output will be:
As you can see these are all methods from class B and also all methods from Class A respectivly in order of their declaration. Note that only one method "__construct" and only one method "D" are being shown. This is due to overloading (__construct) and implementing (D) in PHP.
In this example any further method-handling methods should be implemented in the base class as these will be available in derived classes as well. Just make sure that you use the right access specifiers for these additional methods ( private, protected, public )

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