I need to process a parameter in a batch function where the result will be kept after the function ends and it should be then passed in the finished function of the same batch. Is there a way to pass the parameters by a reference, so that any changes to that parameter are saved?


$params = [$a, $b];
$finishedParams = [$a, $b];
$batch = ['title' => 'Sample processing batch',
          'operations' => ['someFunction', $params],
          'finished' => ['finishedFunction', $finishedParams]
public static function someFunction(&$a, $b){
    $a = 'somethingChanged';
public static function finishedFunction($success, $results, $operations){
   // Use $a variable when somethingChanged after the batch process.
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    The way to do this is to put the result in the results entry of the context, not to attempt passing by reference. Jan 13, 2020 at 9:44

1 Answer 1


Alfred is right. You can achieve that by using the $context parameter.

public static function someFunction($a, $b, &$context) {
  // Store data in $context['results'] entry.
  // my_var will keep that value.
  $context['results']['my_var'] = 20;

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