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extension_loaded — Find out whether an extension is loaded


bool extension_loaded ( string $name )

Finds out whether the extension is loaded.



The extension name.

You can see the names of various extensions by using phpinfo() or if you're using the CGI or CLI version of PHP you can use the -m switch to list all available extensions:

$ php -m [PHP Modules] xml tokenizer standard sockets session posix pcre overload mysql mbstring ctype [Zend Modules]

Return Values

Returns TRUE if the extension identified by name is loaded, FALSE otherwise.


Example#1 extension_loaded() example

if (!extension_loaded('gd')) {
    if (!
dl('')) {


Note: extension_loaded() uses the internal extension name to test whether a certain extension is available or not. Most internal extension names are written in lower case but there may be extension available which also use uppercase letters. Be warned that this function compares case sensitive !

See Also

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