PHP's shuffle in JavaScript

How to use

You you can install via yarn add locutus and require this function via const shuffle = require('locutus/php/array/shuffle').

It is important to use a bundler that supports tree-shaking so that you only ship the functions that you actually use to your browser, instead of all of Locutus, which is massive. Examples are: Parcel, webpack, or rollup.js. For server-side use this is typically less of a concern.


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
1var $data = {5:'a', 2:'3', 3:'c', 4:5, 'q':5} ini_set('locutus.sortByReference', true) shuffle($data) var $result = $data.q5

PHP arrays and JavaScript

Please note that Locutus uses JavaScript objects as substitutes for PHP arrays, they are the closest we can get to this hashtable-like data structure without rolling our own. While many JavaScript implementations preserve the order of object properties, the ECMAScript Language Specification explicitly states that:

The mechanics and order of enumerating the properties is not specified.

So don't use this for anything serious if you rely on the order to be consistent accross platforms.

To influence how Locutus treats objects to arrays, you can check out the `locutus.objectsAsArrays` setting.

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

module.exports = function shuffle(inputArr) {
// discuss at:
// original by: Jonas Raoni Soares Silva (
// revised by: Kevin van Zonneveld (
// revised by: Brett Zamir (
// improved by: Brett Zamir (
// example 1: var $data = {5:'a', 2:'3', 3:'c', 4:5, 'q':5}
// example 1: ini_set('locutus.sortByReference', true)
// example 1: shuffle($data)
// example 1: var $result = $data.q
// returns 1: 5

const valArr = []
let k = ''
let i = 0
let sortByReference = false
let populateArr = []

for (k in inputArr) {
// Get key and value arrays
if (inputArr.hasOwnProperty(k)) {
if (sortByReference) {
delete inputArr[k]
valArr.sort(function () {
return 0.5 - Math.random()

const iniVal =
(typeof require !== 'undefined' ? require('../info/ini_get')('locutus.sortByReference') : undefined) || 'on'
sortByReference = iniVal === 'on'
populateArr = sortByReference ? inputArr : populateArr

for (i = 0; i < valArr.length; i++) {
// Repopulate the old array
populateArr[i] = valArr[i]

return sortByReference || populateArr

A community effort

Not unlike Wikipedia, Locutus is an ongoing community effort. Our philosophy follows The McDonald’s Theory. This means that we assimilate first iterations with imperfections, hoping for others to take issue with-and improve them. This unorthodox approach has worked very well to foster fun and fruitful collaboration, but please be reminded to use our creations at your own risk. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" has never been more true than for Locutus.

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