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Ellipsis are a series of three dots that indicate an intentional omission of a word, sentence or whole section from the original text being quoted. Here is a simple little function in PHP that will truncate a string after X number of characters and replace it with three dots (or whatever you specify). This is useful when showing an excerpt or a short introduction.

$string is the string to truncate, $repl specifies what to replace it with and $limit is how many characters to allow. If $limit is greater than the string length then the string is unchanged.

Example usage:

$string = "This is a very long test string that I am using to test long strings";
echo add3dots($string, "...", 12); // Result: "This is a ve..."

The function:

function add3dots($string, $repl, $limit) 
  if(strlen($string) > $limit) 
    return substr($string, 0, $limit) . $repl; 
    return $string;
2 thoughts on “How to Add Three Dots to a Long String with PHP
  • Dr.Ferrous
    6th April 2016 at 12:00 am

    Better shortcut  :) 

    mb_strimwidth("Hello World", 0, 10, "...");

  • 5th November 2010 at 12:00 am

    A handy shortcut:

    print (strlen($string) > 24)? substr($string, 0, 24) . "...": $string;


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