Last updated on April 27th, 2022 at 01:44 pm

This tutorial will show you how to read child nodes (random) from an XML file using PHP.

My XML file 

<message><name>Antonio Paulo</name><website></website><comment>Good One</comment><date>1305127910</date><user_ip></user_ip><user_agent>Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/9.0.597.98 Safari/534.13</user_agent><spam>0</spam></message>

Now the real PHP code that read all the children from the message node and randomly display some values.

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement('demo.xml', NULL, TRUE);
$testi = $xml->children();
if(count($testi) == 0 )
echo "No Entries Yet";
	echo "<h2>All the children of the Message node</h2>";
foreach ($xml->children() as $child)
  echo "Child node: " . $child . "<br>";
$random = (rand()%count($testi));

for ($i = 0; $i < count($testi); $i++)
if ($i == $random)
echo "<hr>Random value <b>".$testi[$i];



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