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What is it?

A PHP library for parsing, formatting, storing and validating international phone numbers. This library is based on Google's libphonenumber.


PHP versions 5.3 up to PHP 8.0 are currently supported.

The PECL mbstring extension is required.

It is recommended to use composer to install the library.

You can also use any other PSR-4 compliant autoloader.

If you do not use composer, ensure that you also load any dependencies that this project has, such as giggsey/locale.


Online Demo

An online demo is available, and the source can be found at giggsey/libphonenumber-example.

Highlights of functionality


This library will try to follow the same version numbers as Google. There could be additional releases where needed to fix critical issues that can not wait until the next release from Google.

This does mean that this project may not follow Semantic Versioning, but instead Google's version policy. As a result, jumps in major versions may not actually contain any backwards incompatible changes. Please read the release notes for such releases.

Google try to release their versions according to Semantic Versioning, as laid out of in their Versioning Guide.

Quick Examples

Let's say you have a string representing a phone number from Switzerland. This is how you parse/normalize it into a PhoneNumber object:

At this point, swissNumberProto contains:

class libphonenumber\PhoneNumber#9 (7) {
 private $countryCode =>
 private $nationalNumber =>
 private $extension =>
 private $italianLeadingZero =>
 private $rawInput =>
 private $countryCodeSource =>
 private $preferredDomesticCarrierCode =>

Now let us validate whether the number is valid:

There are a few formats supported by the formatting method, as illustrated below:

You could also choose to format the number in the way it is dialled from another country:



Mapping Phone Numbers to carrier

Mapping Phone Numbers to TimeZones


Problems with Invalid Numbers?

This library uses phone number metadata from Google's libphonenumber. If this library is working as intended, it should provide the same result as the Java version of Google's project.

If you believe that a phone number is returning an incorrect result, first test it with libphonenumber via their Online Demo. If that returns the same result as this project, and you feel it is in error, raise it as an Issue with the libphonenumber project.

If Google's Online Demo gives a different result to the libphonenumber-for-php demo, then please raise an Issue here.

Generating data

Generating the data is not normally needed, as this repository will generally always have the up to data metadata.

If you do need to generate the data, the commands are provided by Phing. Ensure you have all the dev composer dependencies installed, then run

This compile process clones the libphonenumber project at the version specified in METADATA-VERSION.txt.

Running tests

This project uses PHPUnit Bridge to maintain compatibility for the supported PHP versions.

To run the tests locally, run the ./phpunit script.

Integration with frameworks

Other packages exist that integrate libphonenumber-for-php into frameworks.

Framework Packages
Symfony PhoneNumberBundle
Laravel Laravel Phone
Yii2 PhoneInput
Kohana PhoneNumber
TYPO3 TYPO3 Phone Extension

These packages are supplied by third parties, and their quality can not be guaranteed.

Requires php Version >=5.3.2
giggsey/locale Version ^1.7
symfony/polyfill-mbstring Version ^1.17

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