Best PHP truncate function

I’ve used many different truncate functions in PHP and Smarty but the below script is definetly the best. It can break on period, end of word / space or however you need.

The default action is to break on the first “.” after $limit characters and then pad with “…”.


// Original PHP code by Chirp Internet:
// Please acknowledge use of this code by including this header.
function myTruncate($string, $limit, $break=".", $pad="...")
  // return with no change if string is shorter than $limit
  if(strlen($string) <= $limit) return $string;
  // is $break present between $limit and the end of the string?
  if(false !== ($breakpoint = strpos($string, $break, $limit))) {
    if($breakpoint < strlen($string) - 1) {
      $string = substr($string, 0, $breakpoint) . $pad;
  return $string;
?> has a write up with all the different options, foramts and additonal functions.

If you need to do any kind of truncating of text/html in PHP

Justin Kelly

Justin Kelly

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