View Full Version : How to use preg_match_all to extract name="something"
I have to admit, I don't get the preg_match_all syntax, looks confusing for me.
Here is what I want to do:
I have a HTML FORM and I want to extract what's inside the name="abcd"
So I input lots all HTML, and want to output abcd, and all other 'name' words.
Seems all web examples are just copied from php.net , but it's nowhere actually explained how to use it.
How can I do that in my case?
01-20-2010, 04:36 AM
preg_match_all('%\bname="([^"]+)%', $input_text, $matches);
echo '<pre>'.print_r($matches, true).'</pre>';The above regex looks for text that starts with name=" (without any letters before the word name) and then saves anything between the " up to any other " into $matches
Below is the full explaination
Assert position at a word boundary «\b»
Match the characters “name="” literally «name="»
Match the regular expression below and capture its match into backreference number 1 «([^"]+)»
Match any character that is NOT a “"” «[^"]+»
Between one and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy) «+»
Thanks. I get there slowly. Your samples outputs also name=", so I get i.e. name="price1
How can I prevent that?
And I forgot, sometimes there is also name=\"price1\"
You know any page where all the "'%\bname="([^"]+)%" options are explained? on php.net it seems to be implied knowledge.
01-20-2010, 05:07 AM
If you use $matches it should only contain the contents between the ""
Take a look here for regex info
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