getElementsByTagName()

getElementById and getElementsByTagName are methods of the PHP DOMDocument class. These methods can be used in PHP to get elements from a HTML document.
- Before to use the methods of the PHP DOMDocument class, you must load the HTML document into a DOMDocument object, like in this code:

// create the DOMDocument object
$dochtml = new DOMDocument();

// load content from a HTML page (or file)
$dochtml->loadHTMLFile('filename.html');

// OR, load the HTML items from a string containing the HTML document
$strhtml = '<html><body>Tags and content.<br></body></html>';
$dochtml->loadHTML($strhtml);
- The $dochtml contains an object with a tree structure of all elements in a HTML document. After this object is created, you can use the DOMDocument methods to access the HTML items (as you can see in the examples below).
- It is indicated to have HTML well-formed, otherways may generate E_WARNING errors when it encounters bad markup.

To traverse the elements of a PHP object, use the foreach() loop instruction.

getElementById

The getElementById('ID') function returns an object that contains the element with a given ID, or NULL if the element is not found.
This function is useful when you want to read the content, or attribute value of a HTML element with a specified ID.
    - Use the nodeValue property to get the content of the element returned by getElementById().
    - Use the tagName (or nodeName) property to get the name of the tag.

Example, gets the tag name and content of the element with a specified ID:
<?php
$strhtml = '<!doctype html>
<html>
<head>
 <meta charset="utf-8" />
 <title>PHP getElementById, getElementsByTagName</title>
</head>
<body>
 <div id="dv1">https://coursesweb.net</div>
</body></html>';

// create the DOMDocument object, and load HTML from a string
$dochtml = new DOMDocument();
$dochtml->loadHTML($strhtml);

// get the element with id="dv1"
$elm = $dochtml->getElementById('dv1');

// get the tag name, and content
$tag = $elm->tagName;
$cnt = $elm->nodeValue;

echo $tag. ' - '. $cnt;           // div - https://coursesweb.net
?>

getElementsByTagName

The getElementsByTagName('tag') function returns an object that contains all the elements with a given local tag name. The special argument '*' matches all tags.
This function is useful when you want to read the content, or attribute of multiple HTML elements that have the same <tag>.
    - Use the getAttribute('attribute') to get the value of a specified attribute.

Example, gets, and outputs the ID and content of each DIV:
<?php
$strhtml = '<!doctype html>
<html>
<head>
 <meta charset="utf-8" />
 <title>PHP getElementById, getElementsByTagName</title>
</head>
<body>
 <div id="cweb">https://coursesweb.net</div>
 <p>Free PHP Course</p>
 <div id="mp">marplo.net</div>
</body></html>';

// create the DOMDocument object, and load HTML from a string
$dochtml = new DOMDocument();
$dochtml->loadHTML($strhtml);

// gets all DIVs
$divs = $dochtml->getElementsByTagName('div');

// traverse the object with all DIVs
foreach($divs as $div) {
  // gets, and outputs the ID and content of each DIV
  $id = $div->getAttribute('id');
  $cnt = $div->nodeValue;

  echo $id. ' - '. $cnt. '<br/>';
}
?>

- You also can use /load only a part of the HTML document.
Example 2. Loads a string containing only the BODY part, store into an Array the content of each paragraph with class="cls".
<?php
$strhtml = '<body>
 <p class="cls">Free PHP Course</p>
 <p class="cls">URL: https://coursesweb.net</p>
 <p>Paragraph without class.</p>
 <div>marplo.net</div>
 <p class="cls">PHP getElementById and getElementsByTagName</p>
</body>';

// create the DOMDocument object, and load HTML from a string
$dochtml = new DOMDocument();
$dochtml->loadHTML($strhtml);

// gets all <p> tags
$prgs = $dochtml->getElementsByTagName('p');
$pcls = array();

// traverse the object with all paragraphs
foreach($prgs as $prg) {
  // if the current paragraph has class="cls", adds it in the $pcls array
  if($prg->getAttribute('class') == 'cls') {
    $pcls[] = $prg->nodeValue;
  }
}

// outputs the $pcls array
print_r($pcls);

// Array ([0] => Free PHP Course [1] => URL: https://coursesweb.net [2] => PHP getElementById and getElementsByTagName )
?>

Daily Test with Code Example

HTML
CSS
JavaScript
PHP-MySQL
Which type of <input> creates a date input control, such as a pop-up calendar?
type="text" type="date" type="button"
<input type="date" name="set_date" value="2012-10-15" />
Which CSS property adds shadow effects to the text of an element?
font-style color text-shadow
h2 {
  text-shadow: 2px 3px 3px #a0a1fe;
}
Click on the function that adds new elements to the end of an array.
pop() shift() push()
var pags = ["lessons", "courses"];
pags.push("download", "tutorials");
alert(pags[2]);            // download
Which function sorts an array by key, in ascending order, maintaining key to data correlations?
asort() ksort() sort()
$lang =[10=>"PHP", 20=>"JavaScript", "site"=>"coursesweb.net");
ksort($lang);
var_export($lang);     // array ("site"=>"coursesweb.net", 10=>"PHP", 20=>"JavaScript")
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