end()advances array 's internal pointer to the last element, and returns its value.
key()returns the index element of the current array position.
So, a portion of code such as this one should do the trick :
$array = array( 'first' => 123, 'second' => 456, 'last' => 789, ); end($array); // move the internal pointer to the end of the array $key = key($array); // fetches the key of the element pointed to by the internal pointer var_dump($key);
Will output :
string 'last' (length=4)
i.e. the key of the last element of my array.
After this has been done the array's internal pointer will be at the end of the array. As pointed out in the comments, you may want to run
reset() on the array to bring the pointer back to the beginning of the array.