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Here’s what a JavaScript equivalent for PHP’s array_intersect looks like.

function array_intersect (arr1) {
  //  discuss at:
  // original by: Brett Zamir (
  //        note: These only output associative arrays (would need to be
  //        note: all numeric and counting from zero to be numeric)
  //   example 1: $array1 = {'a' : 'green', 0:'red', 1: 'blue'};
  //   example 1: $array2 = {'b' : 'green', 0:'yellow', 1:'red'};
  //   example 1: $array3 = ['green', 'red'];
  //   example 1: $result = array_intersect($array1, $array2, $array3);
  //   returns 1: {0: 'red', a: 'green'}

  var retArr = {},
    argl = arguments.length,
    arglm1 = argl - 1,
    k1 = '',
    arr = {},
    i = 0,
    k = ''

  arr1keys: for (k1 in arr1) {
    arrs: for (i = 1; i < argl; i++) {
      arr = arguments[i]
      for (k in arr) {
        if (arr[k] === arr1[k1]) {
          if (i === arglm1) {
            retArr[k1] = arr1[k1]
          // If the innermost loop always leads at least once to an equal value, continue the loop until done
          continue arrs
      // If it reaches here, it wasn't found in at least one array, so try next value
      continue arr1keys

  return retArr
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PHP arrays and JavaScript

Please note that php.js uses JavaScript objects as substitutes for PHP arrays, they are the closest we can get to this hashtable-like data structure without rolling our own. While many JavaScript implementations preserve the order of object properties, the ECMAScript Language Specification explicitly states that:

The mechanics and order of enumerating the properties is not specified.

So don't use this for anything serious if you rely on the order to be consistent accross platforms.

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These only output associative arrays (would need to be all numeric and counting from zero to be numeric)

Example 1

$array1 = {'a' : 'green', 0:'red', 1: 'blue'};
$array2 = {'b' : 'green', 0:'yellow', 1:'red'};
$array3 = ['green', 'red'];
$result = array_intersect($array1, $array2, $array3);
Should return:
{0: 'red', a: 'green'}

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