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Class: Div PHP Enum Class
Implement enumerated values using classes
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Last change: release 1.0.1
Date: 4 years ago
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Div PHP Enum Solution 1.0.1

This is a PHP Enum Solution using classes and type hinting. Also you can build a taxonomies of enums!

An enumeration type, "enum" for short, is a data type to categorise named values. Enums can be used instead of hard coded strings to represent, for example, the status of a blog post in a structured and typed way.

In July 2019, I wrote a gist searching a solution for this.

Now I am converting the gist in a real project.

The problem

PHP doesn't have a native enum type. It offers a very basic SPL implementation (, but this really doesn't cut the mustard.

Some solutions using constants, but not resolve the problem. How to validate HOT or COLD ?


const HOT = 1;
const COLD = 2;

const FIRE = 1;
const ICE = 2;

function doSomething(int $temperature) { /.../}


There's a popular package called myclabs/php-enum. It's really awesome, but have a problem because we lose static analysis benefits like auto completion and refactoring.

The solution

Use PHP!

The class divengine\enum help you, but remember: _the most important solution is the concept of this library_.

With this class, you can solves the following problems:

  1. Constants with different names and equal value can be used as function arguments
  2. Lose static analysis benefits like auto completion and refactoring
  3. Maintaining duplicated code when use docblock type hints to solve the first problem

We need have built-in enums in PHP ! But, for now, this is a solution.



composer require divengine\enum;


Clone the repo:

git clone

Include the lib:

include "/path/to/divengine/enum/src/folder/enum.php";


First, define your enums. You can build a taxonomy !!!:



namespace MyEnums;

use divengine\enum;

class Temperature extends enum {/Father of all types of temperatures/}
class ExtremeTemperature extends Temperature {/Father of all types of extreme temperatures/}
class FIRE extends ExtremeTemperature {}
class ICE extends ExtremeTemperature {}

class NormalTemperature extends Temperature {/Father of all types of normal temperatures/}
class HOT extends NormalTemperature {}
class COOL extends NormalTemperature {}
class COLD extends NormalTemperature {}

Second use your enums:


use MyEnums;

// Constants are good tricks, but optional
const COOL = COOL::class;

class AllTemperatures {
    const COOL = COOL::class; // maybe better
    const HOT = 'Enums\\HOT';  // ugly !!!


// Define some function with type hinting
function WhatShouldIdo(Temperature $temperature)
    switch (true) {
        case $temperature instanceof ExtremeTemperature:
            switch (true) {
                case $temperature instanceof FIRE:
                    return "Call the fire department";

                case $temperature instanceof ICE:
                    return "Warm up";

        case $temperature instanceof NormalTemperature:
            switch ($temperature) {

                case HOT::class: // compare using classname
                    return "Drink a bear :D";

                case COOL or AllTemperatures::COOL: // compare using constants
                    return "Just go away !";

                case 'Enums\\COLD': // compare using string, ugly !!!
                    return "Wear a coat";


    return "I don't know";

// Call to function with a instance of any Temperature
echo WhatShouldIdo(new HOT()) . PHP_EOL;




Eng. Rafa Rodriguez