Parse array in the query string as array and not literally & ldquo; Array & rdquo;


I have come across a unusual scenario where I need to turn a query string into an array.

The query string comes across as:


Which decodes as:


How do I get this into my PHP as a usable array? i.e.

echo $sort[0][field] ; // Outputs "type"

I have tried evil eval() but with no luck.

I need to explain better, what I need is the literal string of sort%5B0%5D%5Bfield%5D=type&sort%5B0%5D%5Bdir%5D=desc to come into my script and stored as a variable, because it will be passed as a parameter in a function.

How do I do that?

PHP will convert that format to an array for you.

header("content-type: text/plain");


    [sort] => Array
            [0] => Array
                    [field] => type
                    [dir] => desc



If you mean that you have that string as a string and not as the query string input into your webpage, then use the parse_str function to convert it.

header("content-type: text/plain");
$string = "sort%5B0%5D%5Bfield%5D=type&sort%5B0%5D%5Bdir%5D=desc";
$array = Array();
parse_str($string, $array);

… gives the same output.