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A PHP function to escape command-line arguments, which replaces escapeshellarg with more robust methods for both Windows and non-Windows platforms. Install from Packagist and use it like this:

Alternatively, you can just copy the code into your own project (but please keep the license attribution and documentation link).

What it does on the Windows platform

The following transformations are made:

See How Windows parses the command-line if you would like to know why.

By default, cmd.exe meta characters are also escaped:

There are some limitations:

  1. If cmd is started with DelayedExpansion enabled, !...! syntax could expand environment variables.
  2. If the program name requires caret-escaping and contains whitespace, cmd will not recognize it.
  3. If an argument contain a newline \n character, this will not be escaped.

See How cmd.exe parses a command and Implementing a solution for more information.

What it does on non-Windows platforms

The argument is enclosed is single-quotes, with internal single-quotes escaped.

Is that it?

Yup. An entire repo for a tiny function. However, it needs quite a lot of explanation because:

Full details explaining the different parsing rules, potential pitfalls and limitations can be found in the Wiki.


Winbox-Args is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details.

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