Laravel 5 Collections: Convert a Collection to a Native PHP Array With toArray

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The toArray method is similar to the all method in that it will return the underlying array that the collection instance is using. The difference, however, is that the toArray method will convert any object instance it can into arrays (namely any object that implements the "Illuminate\Contracts\Support\Arrayable" interface).

Signature

The signature of the toArray method is:

public function toArray();

Example Use

Consider the following code:

use Illuminate\Support\Collection;

$items = [
    'first'  => 'I am first',
    'second' => 'I am second',
    'third'  => new Collection([
            'first' => 'I am nested'
    ])
];

$collection = Collection::make($items);

$returnedItems = $collection->toArray();

After the above code has executed, the $returnedItems variable would contain a value similar to the following output:

array
  'first'  => string 'I am first'
  'second' => string 'I am second'
  'third'  => 
    array
      'first' => string 'I am nested'

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