PHP Program to copy all elements of an array into another array

May 3, 2022, Learn eTutorial

It is a simple array program, we have an array of numbers and we need to copy that numbers to another array. With the help of loops, we could implement this program easily.

What is an Array?

The array is one of the compound data types in PHP. The array can store similar multiple values in a single variable. Each element of the array has unique indexing starting from 0.

How to copy all elements of an array into another array using PHP?"

To copy all elements of an array into another array we first assign the values into the first array a1[ ] and create an empty array a2[ ]. After that, we find the size of the array a1[ ]  and assign it to the variable size. Then we have to perform for loop to copy the elements from a1[ ] to a2[ ] for this we assign value 0 to the variable i in for loop and perform the operation a2[i] = a1[i] and the loop will iterate till the condition i < size becomes false and in every iteration, we increment the value of i by 1. After the completion of the for loop we can print the value of array a1[ ] and a2[ ] by using the for loop itself.

Let's go through the following topics before we start our program for a better understanding.


Step 1: Initialize an array a1[ ] with values

Step 2: Create another array a2[ ]

Step 3: Assign the size of the array a1[ ] into variable size by using the built-in function count()

Step 4: Assign the value 0 into the variable i and perform the sub-step until the condition i < size and increment the value of variable i in every iteration

        (i) Assign the value of array element a1[i] into a2[i]

Step 5: Print the elements of the array a1[ ] and a2[ ] using for loop

PHP Source Code

$a1 = array(58, 6, 71, 9, 10);
$a2 = array();
$size = count($a1);
for ($i = 0; $i < $size; $i++) {
    $a2[$i] = $a1[$i];
echo "Elements of first array: \n";
for ($i = 0; $i < $size; $i++) {
    echo "$a1[$i] ";
echo "\nElements of second array: \n";
for ($i = 0; $i < $size; $i++) {
    echo "$a2[$i] ";


Elements of first array:
58 6 71 9 10
Elements of second array:
58 6 71 9 10