Remove First Character From String in PHP

In this tutorial we will see How To Remove First Character From String in PHP. PHP ltrim() function and substr() function can be used to remove First Character from a string.

PHP ltrim() function

PHP ltrim() function removes white spaces and defined characters from the start of the string.

In this example ltrim() function is used to remove the First Character from string.

<?php
$string = "HowToCodeSchool";
$newString = ltrim($string,"H");
echo $newString;
?>

In above code of PHP, First Character is removed from the string.

You can use same function to remove more than one characters from the start of the string.

PHP substr() function

PHP substr() Function also removes a part of string and returns only the other part.

In second example, substr() function is also used to remove the First Character from the string.

<?php
$string = "HowToCodeSchool";
$newString = substr($string,1);
echo $newString;
?>

In above code of PHP, First Character is removed from string with help of substr().

Two parameters are used inside substr() function. The first parameter defined in substr() is the string itself, second parameter is the starting point.

1 represents that the starting point is second character of string, which means function should leave or remove the first character.

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