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PHP: Strange rhombuses (�) instead of special characters in MySQL result despite using UTF-8 encoding

Question by Translated Content | 25/08/2012 at 16:37

On a website generated with PHP, I want to display the results of a MySQL query. The MySQL table is encoded with UTF-8 and also in my HTML page, I have specified an UTF-8 encoding in the head of the source code. Also in phpMyAdmin all special characters are displayed correctly.

Nevertheless, instead of the special characters, weird rhombuses and diamonds are outputted. For example on my homepage, the word "Müller" becomes "M�ller" with this rhombus with a question mark on it in the middle.

I already know, that similar problems can occur when codings do not match. However, this time it should work, because the codes should be correctly. Can someone help me?

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Stefan Trost

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Try to add the following line to your script immediately after connecting to the MySQL database:

mysql_query("set names 'utf8'");

If you have packed the connecting to the database in a separate file, that you are integrating with an include into your pages with MySQL, you can directly write down the line in this file.
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