Sort an Array by keys based on another Array?


Is it possible in PHP to do something like this? How would you go about writing a function? Here is an example. The order is the most important thing.

$customer['address'] = '123 fake st';
$customer['name'] = 'Tim';
$customer['dob'] = '12/08/1986';
$customer['dontSortMe'] = 'this value doesnt need to be sorted';

And I'd like to do something like

$properOrderedArray = sortArrayByArray($customer, array('name', 'dob', 'address'));

Because at the end I use a foreach() and they're not in the right order (because I append the values to a string which needs to be in the correct order and I don't know in advance all of the array keys/values).

I've looked through PHP's internal array functions but it seems you can only sort alphabetically or numerically.

9/18/2014 11:58:06 PM

Accepted Answer

Just use array_merge or array_replace. Array_merge works by starting with the array you give it (in the proper order) and overwriting/adding the keys with data from your actual array:

$customer['address'] = '123 fake st';
$customer['name'] = 'Tim';
$customer['dob'] = '12/08/1986';
$customer['dontSortMe'] = 'this value doesnt need to be sorted';

$properOrderedArray = array_merge(array_flip(array('name', 'dob', 'address')), $customer);
$properOrderedArray = array_replace(array_flip(array('name', 'dob', 'address')), $customer);

//$properOrderedArray -> array('name' => 'Tim', 'address' => '123 fake st', 'dob' => '12/08/1986', 'dontSortMe' => 'this value doesnt need to be sorted')

ps - I'm answering this 'stale' question, because I think all the loops given as previous answers are overkill.

5/23/2016 6:01:43 PM

There you go:

function sortArrayByArray(array $array, array $orderArray) {
    $ordered = array();
    foreach ($orderArray as $key) {
        if (array_key_exists($key, $array)) {
            $ordered[$key] = $array[$key];
    return $ordered + $array;

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