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There are already some comments on using sprintf to force leading leading zeros but the examples only include integers. I needed leading zeros on floating point numbers and was surprised that it didn't work as expected. Example: <?php sprintf('%02d', 1); ?> This will result in 01. However, trying the same for a float with precision doesn't work: <?php sprintf('%02.2f', 1); ?> Yields 1.00. This threw me a little off. To get the desired result, one needs to add the precision (2) and the length of the decimal seperator "." (1). So the correct pattern would be <?php sprintf('%05.2f', 1); ?> Output: 01.00 Please see http://stackoverflow.com/a/28739819/413531 for a more detailed explanation.
<?php $num = 5; $location = 'tree'; $format = 'There are %d monkeys in the %s'; echo sprintf($format, $num, $location);