Luhn algorithm for validating credit cards

The Luhn algorithm also known as the “modulus 10” or “mod 10” algorithm, is a checksum formula which can be used to validate credit card numbers. Developed in the 1950’s by IBM scientist Hans Peter Luhn and described in U.S. Patent 2,950,048. A PHP implementation is shown below.

 
function LuhnCheck($strDigits)
{
    $sum = 0;
    $alt = false;
    for($i = strlen($strDigits) - 1; $i >= 0; $i--) 
    {
        if($alt)
        {
           $temp = $strDigits[$i];
           $temp *= 2;
           $strDigits[$i] = ($temp > 9) ? $temp = $temp - 9 : $temp;
        }
        $sum += $strDigits[$i];
        $alt = !$alt;
    }
    return $sum % 10 == 0;
}

One thought on “Luhn algorithm for validating credit cards

  1. Looks pretty well optimized too. Great post!
    Will like to play with this function and read through it more slowly later on when I have some free time 🙂

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