Feb 12, 2012
kalpesh

Magento/PHP: Convert your XML Object to Array

While developing shipment tracking using SimpleXML in magento, I came accross the requirement where I have to get all the XML tags as keys and all the data inside XML tags as values in array. Means I wanted to convert XML to an Array where I can display all the information in some decorative format.

So here is how I converted XML to Array without any kind of hardcoding.

PHP class method to convert xml to array

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public function convertXmlObjToArr($obj, &$arr){
            $children = $obj->children();
            $executed = false;
            foreach ($children as $elementName => $node){
                if($arr[$elementName]!=null){
                    if($arr[$elementName][0]!==null){
                        $i = count($arr[$elementName]);
                            $this->convertXmlObjToArr($node, $arr[$elementName][$i]);
                    }else{
                        $tmp = $arr[$elementName];
                        $arr[$elementName] = array();
                        $arr[$elementName][0] = $tmp;
                        $i = count($arr[$elementName]);
                            $this->convertXmlObjToArr($node, $arr[$elementName][$i]);
                    }
                }else{
                                $arr[$elementName] = array();
                                $this->convertXmlObjToArr($node, $arr[$elementName]);
                }
                $executed = true;
            }
            if(!$executed&&$children->getName()==""){
                $arr = (String)$obj;
            }
            return;
        }

Hope this helps!

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