PHP validation/regex for URL


Question

I've been looking for a simple regex for URLs, does anybody have one handy that works well? I didn't find one with the zend framework validation classes and have seen several implementations.

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118
5/5/2019 9:04:10 PM

Accepted Answer

I used this on a few projects, I don't believe I've run into issues, but I'm sure it's not exhaustive:

$text = preg_replace(
  '#((https?|ftp)://(\S*?\.\S*?))([\s)\[\]{},;"\':<]|\.\s|$)#i',
  "'<a href=\"$1\" target=\"_blank\">$3</a>$4'",
  $text
);

Most of the random junk at the end is to deal with situations like http://domain.com. in a sentence (to avoid matching the trailing period). I'm sure it could be cleaned up but since it worked. I've more or less just copied it over from project to project.

75
2/5/2015 11:15:43 AM

Use the filter_var() function to validate whether a string is URL or not:

var_dump(filter_var('example.com', FILTER_VALIDATE_URL));

It is bad practice to use regular expressions when not necessary.

EDIT: Be careful, this solution is not unicode-safe and not XSS-safe. If you need a complex validation, maybe it's better to look somewhere else.


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