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disable warnings when loading non well formed html by domdocument php

disable warnings when loading non well formed html by domdocument php  using -'php,html,warnings,domdocument'

I need to parse some HTML files, however, they are not well-formed and PHP prints out warnings to. I want to avoid such debugging/warning behavior programatically. Please advise. Thank you!


// create a DOM document and load the HTML data
$xmlDoc = new DomDocument;
// this dumps out the warnings



can  suppress the warnings but how can I capture those warnings programatically?

asked Sep 21, 2015 by yashwantpinge
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You can install a temporary error handler with set_error_handler

class ErrorTrap {
  protected $callback;
  protected $errors = array();
  function __construct($callback) {
    $this->callback = $callback;
  function call() {
    $result = null;
    set_error_handler(array($this, 'onError'));
    try {
      $result = call_user_func_array($this->callback, func_get_args());
    } catch (Exception $ex) {
      throw $ex;
    return $result;
  function onError($errno, $errstr, $errfile, $errline) {
    $this->errors[] = array($errno, $errstr, $errfile, $errline);
  function ok() {
    return count($this->errors) === 0;
  function errors() {
    return $this->errors;


// create a DOM document and load the HTML data
$xmlDoc = new DomDocument();
$caller = new ErrorTrap(array($xmlDoc, 'loadHTML'));
// this doesn't dump out any warnings
if (!$caller->ok()) {
answered Sep 21, 2015 by maurya
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prior to processing with with $xmlDoc->loadHTML()

This tells libxml2 not to send errors and warnings through to PHP. Then, to check for errors and handle them yourself, you can consult libxml_get_last_error() and/or libxml_get_errors() when you're ready.

answered Sep 21, 2015 by param.oncemore
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To hide the warnings, you have to give special instructions to libxml which is used internally to perform the parsing:


The libxml_use_internal_errors(true) indicates that you're going to handle the errors and warnings yourself and you don't want them to mess up the output of your script.

This is not the same as the @ operator. The warnings get collected behind the scenes and afterwards you can retrieve them by using libxml_get_errors() in case you wish to perform logging or return the list of issues to the caller.

Whether or not you're using the collected warnings you should always clear the queue by calling libxml_clear_errors().

Preserving the state

If you have other code that uses libxml it may be worthwhile to make sure your code doesn't alter the global state of the error handling; for this, you can use the return value of libxml_use_internal_errors() to save the previous state.

// modify state
$libxml_previous_state = libxml_use_internal_errors(true);
// parse
// handle errors
// restore
answered Sep 21, 2015 by okesh.badhiye