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The Serializable interface

(PHP 5 >= 5.1.0, PHP 7)

Introduction

Interface for customized serializing.

Classes that implement this interface no longer support __sleep() and __wakeup(). The method serialize is called whenever an instance needs to be serialized. This does not invoke __destruct() or has any other side effect unless programmed inside the method. When the data is unserialized the class is known and the appropriate unserialize() method is called as a constructor instead of calling __construct(). If you need to execute the standard constructor you may do so in the method.

Note, that when an old instance of a class that implements this interface now, which had been serialized before the class implemeted the interface, is unserialized, __wakeup() is called instead of the serialize method, what might be useful for migration purposes.

Interface synopsis

Serializable {
/* Methods */
abstract public string serialize ( void )
abstract public void unserialize ( string $serialized )
}

Example #1 Basic usage

<?php
class obj implements Serializable {
    private 
$data;
    public function 
__construct() {
        
$this->data "My private data";
    }
    public function 
serialize() {
        return 
serialize($this->data);
    }
    public function 
unserialize($data) {
        
$this->data unserialize($data);
    }
    public function 
getData() {
        return 
$this->data;
    }
}

$obj = new obj;
$ser serialize($obj);

var_dump($ser);

$newobj unserialize($ser);

var_dump($newobj->getData());
?>

The above example will output something similar to:

string(38) "C:3:"obj":23:{s:15:"My private data";}"
string(15) "My private data"

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grzeniufication
1 year ago
Here's an example how to un-, serialize more than one property:

class Example implements \Serializable
{
    protected $property1;
    protected $property2;
    protected $property3;

    public function __construct($property1, $property2, $property3)
    {
        $this->property1 = $property1;
        $this->property2 = $property2;
        $this->property3 = $property3;
    }

    public function serialize()
    {
        return serialize([
            $this->property1,
            $this->property2,
            $this->property3,
        ]);
    }

    public function unserialize($data)
    {
        list(
            $this->property1,
            $this->property2,
            $this->property3
        ) = unserialize($data);
    }

}
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Wojciech Brozyna
4 months ago
My solution that let you serialize inherited objects.
Without specify what need to be serialized.
We want to get rid of PDO object in this example.

abstract class DefaultModel() implements \Serializable
{

    /**
    * @var PDO
    */
    private $pdo;

    /**
     * Serialize object
     *
     * @return string
     */
    public function serialize()
    {
       
        $serializable = get_object_vars($this);
       
        // unset property name that hold PDO instance
        unset($serializable['pdo']);
       
        return serialize($serializable);
       
    }

    /**
     * Unserialize object
     *
     * @param string $serialized Serialized object
     * @return DefaultModel
     */
    public function unserialize($serialized)
    {
       
        $unserialized = unserialize($serialized);
       
       // recreate PDO object
        $this->pdo = $this->createDBObject();
       
        if(is_array($unserialized) === true) {
           
            foreach($unserialized as $property => $value) {
               
                $this->{$property} = $value;
               
            }
           
        }
       
    }

}

class RealModel extends DefaultModel
{

    private $myVar;

    public function setMyVar($value)
    {

        $this->myVar = $value;

    }

}

$model = new RealModel();
$model->setMyVar('123456');

$serialized = serialize($model);
$serialized = $model->serialize();   // will also work

print_r($serialized);

$unserialized = unserialize($serialized);

print_r($unserialized);

Hope this help.
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marcos dot gottardi at folha dot REM0VE-THIS dot com dot br
4 years ago
Serializing child and parent classes:

<?php
class MyClass implements Serializable {
    private
$data;
   
    public function
__construct($data) {
       
$this->data = $data;
    }
   
    public function
getData() {
        return
$this->data;
    }
   
    public function
serialize() {
        echo
"Serializing MyClass...\n";
        return
serialize($this->data);
    }
   
    public function
unserialize($data) {
        echo
"Unserializing MyClass...\n";
       
$this->data = unserialize($data);
    }
}

class
MyChildClass extends MyClass {
    private
$id;
    private
$name;
   
    public function
__construct($id, $name, $data) {
       
parent::__construct($data);
       
$this->id = $id;
       
$this->name = $name;
    }
   
    public function
serialize() {
        echo
"Serializing MyChildClass...\n";
        return
serialize(
            array(
               
'id' => $this->id,
               
'name' => $this->name,
               
'parentData' => parent::serialize()
            )
        );
    }
   
    public function
unserialize($data) {
        echo
"Unserializing MyChildClass...\n";
       
$data = unserialize($data);
       
       
$this->id = $data['id'];
       
$this->name = $data['name'];
       
parent::unserialize($data['parentData']);
    }
   
    public function
getId() {
        return
$this->id;
    }
   
    public function
getName() {
        return
$this->name;
    }
}

$obj = new MyChildClass(15, 'My class name', 'My data');

$serial = serialize($obj);
$newObject = unserialize($serial);

echo
$newObject->getId() . PHP_EOL;
echo
$newObject->getName() . PHP_EOL;
echo
$newObject->getData() . PHP_EOL;

?>

This will output:

Serializing MyChildClass...
Serializing MyClass...
Unserializing MyChildClass...
Unserializing MyClass...
15
My class name
My data
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Olivier Pons
2 years ago
Here's the way you could implement serializable so that *ALL* descendant serialize themselves without the need of re-writing for all descendant the functions serialize() and unserialize().

Note : this will only serialize "visible" properties, this it won't serialize private descendant properties. If you dont want a property of a descendant to be serialized, make it private.

class Pot implements Serializable
{
    protected $_a;
    protected $_b;

    public function serialize()
    {
        return serialize(get_object_vars($this));
    }
    public function unserialize($data)
    {
        $values = unserialize($data);
        foreach ($values as $key=>$value) {
            $this->$key = $value;
        }
    }
}

And now one descendant:

class PotId implements Pot
{
    protected $_k;
}

class Pots implements PotId
{
    protected $_l;
}

$pots = new Pots();

and calling serialize($pots) will serialize all properties ($_a, $_b, $_k, $l).
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Anonymous
5 years ago
You can prevent an object getting unserialized by returning NULL. Instead of a serialized object, PHP will return the serialized form of NULL:

<?php
class testNull implements Serializable {
    public function
serialize() {       
        return
NULL;
    }
    public function
unserialize($data) {
    }
}

$obj = new testNull;
$string = serialize($obj);
echo
$string; // "N;"
?>

That's perhaps better than throwing exceptions inside of the serialize function if you want to prevent serialization of certain objects.
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