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'continue' is targeting 'switch' statement

Reports the continue statements that are targeting switch statements. In PHP 7.3 and later, such usages are deprecated and will emit an E_WARNING, since they are most likely the result of a programming mistake.

  • In PHP, such continue statements are equivalent to break, that is, they end the execution of the current switch structure.

  • In other languages, such continue statements behave as continue 2 in PHP, that is, they take the execution to a higher level control structure (for example, the next iteration of an outer loop).

See continue (, break (, and switch ( for details.

Inspection options

Here you can find the description of settings available for the 'continue' is targeting 'switch' statement inspection, and the reference of their default values.

PHP 7.3 Severity

Default setting: Warning

Other available settings:

  • Error

  • Weak Warning

  • Server Problem

  • Grammar Error

  • Typo

  • Consideration

  • Information

Inspection Details

By default bundled with:

PhpStorm 2024.1, Qodana for PHP 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin:


Last modified: 29 April 2024