PHP's call_user_func in JavaScript

Here’s what our current JavaScript equivalent to PHP's call_user_func looks like.

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How to use

You you can install via npm install locutus and require it via require('locutus/php/funchand/call_user_func'). You could also require the funchand module in full so that you could access funchand.call_user_func instead.

If you intend to target the browser, you can then use a module bundler such as Browserify, webpack or rollup.js.


This function targets ES5, but as of Locutus 2.0.2 we also support ES6 functions. Locutus transpiles to ES5 before publishing to npm.

A community effort

Not unlike Wikipedia, Locutus is an ongoing community effort. Our philosophy follows The McDonald’s Theory. This means that we don't consider it to be a bad thing that many of our functions are first iterations, which may still have their fair share of issues. We hope that these flaws will inspire others to come up with better ideas.

This way of working also means that we don't offer any production guarantees, and recommend to use Locutus inspiration and learning purposes only.


  • Depends on call_user_func_array which in turn depends on the cb that is passed, this function can use eval. The eval input is however checked to only allow valid function names, So it should not be unsafer than uses without eval (seeing as you can) already pass any function to be executed here.


Please note that these examples are distilled from test cases that automatically verify our functions still work correctly. This could explain some quirky ones.

#codeexpected result
1call_user_func('isNaN', 'a')true

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