(PHP 4 >= 4.0.3, PHP 5)

mysql_escape_string --  Escapes a string for use in a mysql_query


string mysql_escape_string ( string unescaped_string )

This function will escape the unescaped_string, so that it is safe to place it in a mysql_query().

Note: mysql_escape_string() does not escape % and _.

This function is identical to mysql_real_escape_string() except that mysql_real_escape_string() takes a connection handler and escapes the string according to the current character set. mysql_escape_string() does not take a connection argument and does not respect the current charset setting.

Example 1. mysql_escape_string() example

= "Zak's Laptop";
$escaped_item = mysql_escape_string($item);
printf("Escaped string: %s\n", $escaped_item);

The above example would produce the following output:

Escaped string: Zak\'s Laptop

Note: This function has been deprecated since PHP 4.3.0. Do not use this function. Use mysql_real_escape_string() instead.

See also mysql_real_escape_string(), addslashes() and the magic_quotes_gpc directive.