Phap PHP has another parser

API: Core

Bring it in

First, you must obviously tell PHP to use the new hotness.

use Phap\Functions as p;

What you get

Each parser combinator returns an object that you can call like a function. You can then either invoke a parse, or use the combinators fo combine it with other parsers. Invoking a parse is done by calling the object like it is a function and passing it the thing you want parsed.

If the parse fails then you get back a null.

If the parse succeeds, then you get back a Phap\Result. This result object has two read only properties: parsed and unparsed. The former is an array, the latter is a string.


Tries a list of parsers in order until one succeeds.

$parser = p::alternatives(p::lit("foo"), p::lit("hello"));

$success = $parser("foobar");
$success = $parser("hello world");


This function discards the parsed data. This might be useful for dropping whitespace for example.

// parse "foo bar" into ["foo", "bar"]
$parser = p::sequence(p::lit("foo"), p::drop(p::lit(" ")), p::lit("bar"));

$success = $parser("foo bar");
$fail = $parser("foobar");


This will check to see if we are at the end of input. Success means there is nothing left to parse.

$parser = p::end(p::lit("foo"));

$success = $parser("foo");
$failure = $parser("foobar");


Always fails.

$parser = p::fail();

assert(null === $parser("foo"));


Similar to array_reduce, this function can be used to combine values. For example, you might want to turn the array ["1","2","3"] into the integer 123.

$flower = p::lit("flower");
$flowers = p::sequence($flower, $flower);

$parser = p::fold(
    function (string $in, string ...$acc): array {
        return ["flowers"];

assert(["flowers"] === $parser("flowerflower"));


Checks to see if the unparsed data starts with the literal.

$parser = p::lit("foo");

$success = $parser("foobar");
$fail = $parser("bar");


This is used to convert raw data to more useful types. For example you might wish to convert a string containing an integer into an actual integer.

// convert a "truthy" string to boolean
$parser = p::map(function (string $s): bool {
    return true;
}, p::lit("yes"));

assert([true] == $parser("yes")->parsed);


Fails if the given parser is successful. Succeeds if not.

$parser = p::not(p::lit("foo"));

assert(null === $parser("foo"));
assert([] === $parser("bar")->parsed);
assert("bar" === $parser("bar")->unparsed);


Grab a single item off of the parser input.

$parser = p::pop();

assert(["1"] === $parser("123"));


Just keep trying the same parser until it fails.

$parser = p::repeat(p::lit("1"));

assert(["1", "1", "1"] === $parser("111"));


This command checks for a sequence of matches, returning success only if all children parsers also return success.

// parse "foobar"
$parser = p::sequence(p::lit("foo"), p::lit("bar"));

$success = $parser("foobar");
$fail = $parser("zoobaz");