In list context, returns a list consisting of all the values of the named hash. In Perl 5.12 or later only, will also return a list of the values of an array; prior to that release, attempting to use an array argument will produce a syntax error. In scalar context, returns the number of values.
When called on a hash, the values are returned in an apparently random
order. The actual random order is subject to change in future versions of
Perl, but it is guaranteed to be the same order as either the
each function would produce on the same (unmodified) hash. Since Perl
5.8.1 the ordering is different even between different runs of Perl for
security reasons (see Algorithmic Complexity Attacks in perlsec).
As a side effect, calling values() resets the HASH or ARRAY's internal
iterator, see each. (In particular, calling values() in void context
resets the iterator with no other overhead. Apart from resetting the
in list context is the same as plain
(We recommend that you use void context
for this, but
reasoned that taking
out would require more
documentation than leaving it in.)
Note that the values are not copied, which means modifying them will modify the contents of the hash:
Starting with Perl 5.14,
values can take a scalar EXPR, which must hold
a reference to an unblessed hash or array. The argument will be
dereferenced automatically. This aspect of
values is considered highly
experimental. The exact behaviour may change in a future version of Perl.
To avoid confusing would-be users of your code who are running earlier versions of Perl with mysterious syntax errors, put this sort of thing at the top of your file to signal that your code will work only on Perls of a recent vintage: