Output a php multi-dimensional array to a html table

I have a form that has 8 columns and a variable number of rows which I need to email to the client in a nicely formatted email. The form submits the needed fields as a multidimensional array. Rough example is below:

<input name="order[0][topdiameter]" type="text" id="topdiameter0" value="1" size="5" />
<input name="order[0][bottomdiameter]" type="text" id="bottomdiameter0" value="1" size="5" />
<input name="order[0][slantheight]" type="text" id="slantheight0" value="1" size="5" />
<select name="order[0][fittertype]" id="fittertype0">
    <option value="harp">Harp</option>
    <option value="euro">Euro</option>
    <option value="bulbclip">Regular</option>
<input name="order[0][washerdrop]" type="text" id="washerdrop0" value="1" size="5" />
<select name="order[0][fabrictype]" id="fabrictype">
    <option value="linen">Linen</option>
    <option value="pleated">Pleated</option>
<select name="order[0][colours]" id="colours0">
    <option value="beige">Beige</option>
    <option value="white">White</option>
    <option value="eggshell">Eggshell</option>
    <option value="parchment">Parchment</option>
<input name="order[0][quantity]" type="text" id="quantity0" value="1" size="5" />

This form is formatted in a table, and rows can be added to it dynamically. What I’ve been unable to do is get a properly formatted table out of the array.

This is what I’m using now (grabbed from the net).

if (isset($_POST["submit"])) {
$arr= $_POST['order']
echo '<table>';
foreach($arr as $arrs)
    echo '<tr>';
    foreach($arrs as $item)
        echo "<td>$item</td>";
    echo '</tr>';

echo '</table>;

This works perfectly for a single row of data. If I try submitting 2 or more rows from the form then one of the columns disappears. I’d like the table to be formatted as:

| top | Bottom | Slant | Fitter | Washer | Fabric | Colours | Quantity |
|value| value  | value | value  | value  | value  |  value  |  value   |

with additional rows as needed. But, I can’t find any examples that will generate that type of table!

It seems like this should be something fairly straightforward, but I just can’t locate an example that works the way I need it too.

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

How about this?

$keys = array_keys($_POST['order'][0]);
echo "<table><tr><th>".implode("</th><th>", $keys)."</th></tr>";
foreach ($_POST['order'] as $order) {
  if (!is_array($order))
  echo "<tr><td>".implode("</td><td>", $order )."</td></tr>";
echo "</table>

Solution 2

A Table class I wrote some time ago

class Table {
    protected $opentable = "\n<table cellspacing=\"0\" cellpadding=\"0\">\n";
    protected $closetable = "</table>\n";
    protected $openrow = "\t<tr>\n";
    protected $closerow = "\t</tr>\n";

    function __construct($data) {
        $this->string = $this->opentable;
        foreach ($data as $row) {
            $this->string .= $this->buildrow($row);
        $this->string .= $this->closetable;

    function addfield($field, $style = "null") {
        if ($style == "null") {
            $html =  "\t\t<td>" . $field . "</td>\n";
        } else {
            $html = "\t\t<td class=\"" . $style . "\">"  . $field . "</td>\n";
        return $html;

    function buildrow($row) {
        $html .= $this->openrow;
        foreach ($row as $field) {
            $html .= $this->addfield($field);
        $html .= $this->closerow;
        return $html;

    function draw() {
        echo $this->string;

To be used like this :

$multiDimArray = []; # Turn the form array into a matrix
for ($i = 0; $i < count($_POST['order']); $i++) {
        $multiDimArray[] = [];
    foreach ($_POST['order'][$i] as $key=>$value) {
        if ($i == 0) {
            $multiDimArray[$i][] = $key;
        $multiDimArray[$i][] = $value;

$table = new Table($multiDimArray); # Create and draw the table

Solution 3

In your HTML, try something like this:

<?php foreach ($_POST['order'] as $order): ?>
    <td><?php echo $order['bottomdiameter'] ?></td>
    <td><?php echo $order['slantheight'] ?></td>
    <td><?php echo $order['fittertype'] ?></td>
<?php endforeach; ?>

Obviously, I’m not including all your attributes there, but hopefully you get the idea.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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