Convert plain text URLs into HTML hyperlinks in PHP


Question

I have a simple commenting system where people can submit hyperlinks inside the plain text field. When I display these records back from the database and into the web page, what RegExp in PHP can I use to convert these links into HTML-type anchor links?

I don't want the algorithm to do this with any other kind of link, just http and https.

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54
11/6/2011 5:44:17 PM

Accepted Answer

Here is an other solution, This will catch all http/https/www and convert to clickable links.

$url = '~(?:(https?)://([^\s<]+)|(www\.[^\s<]+?\.[^\s<]+))(?<![\.,:])~i'; 
$string = preg_replace($url, '<a href="$0" target="_blank" title="$0">$0</a>', $string);
echo $string;

Alternatively for just catching http/https then use the code below.

$url = '/(http|https|ftp|ftps)\:\/\/[a-zA-Z0-9\-\.]+\.[a-zA-Z]{2,3}(\/\S*)?/';   
$string= preg_replace($url, '<a href="$0" target="_blank" title="$0">$0</a>', $string);
echo $string;

EDIT: The script below will catch all url types and convert them to clickable links.

$url = '@(http)?(s)?(://)?(([a-zA-Z])([-\w]+\.)+([^\s\.]+[^\s]*)+[^,.\s])@';
$string = preg_replace($url, '<a href="http$2://$4" target="_blank" title="$0">$0</a>', $string);
echo $string;

New update, If you're having the string strip the (s) then use the below code block, Thanks to @AndrewEllis for pointing this out.

$url = '@(http(s)?)?(://)?(([a-zA-Z])([-\w]+\.)+([^\s\.]+[^\s]*)+[^,.\s])@';
$string = preg_replace($url, '<a href="http$2://$4" target="_blank" title="$0">$0</a>', $string);
echo $string;

Here's a very simple solution for the URL not displaying correctly.

$email = '<a href="mailto:email@email.com">email@email.com</a>';
$string = $email;
echo $string;

It is a very simple fix but you will have to modify it for your own purpose.

52
4/12/2018 7:15:36 PM

Well, Volomike's answer is much closer. And to push it a bit further, here's what I did for it to disregard the trailing period at the end of the hyperlinks. I also considered URI fragments.

public static function makeClickableLinks($s) {
  return preg_replace('@(https?://([-\w\.]+[-\w])+(:\d+)?(/([\w/_\.#-]*(\?\S+)?[^\.\s])?)?)@', '<a href="$1" target="_blank">$1</a>', $s);
}

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