PHP Combine Path

PHP Combine Path is a simple function I created that is roughly equivalent to Microsoft .NET’s Path.Combine method. This function combines two strings into a path. However, this only handles when to place path separators in between the two strings given, whether given string is a valid path or not.

It works by trimming off separator characters on the left side of $path1 and the right side of $path2, which is then concatenated as $path1, the directory separator character, and $path2. The function also works with URLs.

if (!function_exists('str_combinepath')){
 * Combines two strings into a path.
 * @param string $path1 : The first path to combine.
 * @param string $path2 : The second path to combine.
 * @param string $separator : (Optional) The directory separator. Default: OS specified.
function str_combinepath($path1, $path2, $separator = DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR){
	$path1 = rtrim($path1, $separator);
	$path2 = ltrim($path2, $separator);
	return $path1 . $separator . $path2;


str_combinepath ('/home', 'usr/');
// Result: '/home/usr/'

str_combinepath ('/home/', 'usr/');
// Result: '/home/usr/'

str_combinepath ('c:\temp', 'subdir\file.txt', '\\');
// Result: 'C:\temp\subdir\file.txt'

// Also works for URL's
str_combinepath ('', 'wp-admin', '/');
// Result:

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