PHP 5 >= 5.1.0, PHP 7, PHP 8
spl_autoload - Default implementation for __autoload()

spl_autoload( string$class, [string|null$file_extensions = null] ): void

This function is intended to be used as a default implementation for __autoload. If nothing else is specified and spl_autoload_register is called without any parameters then this function will be used for any later call to __autoload.



The name of the class (and namespace) being instantiated.


By default it checks all include paths to contain filenames built up by the lowercase class name appended by the filename extensions .inc and .php.

Return Values

No value is returned.

Exceptions and Errors

Throws LogicException when the class is not found and there are no other autoloaders registered.


Version Description
8.0.0 file_extensions is now nullable.

Function spl_autoload:

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