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PHP/regex: How to get the string value of HTML tag?

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

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I need help on regex or preg_match because I am not that experienced yet with regards to those so here is my problem.

I need to get the value “get me” but I think my function has an error.
The number of html tags are dynamic. It can contain many nested html tag like a bold tag. Also, the “get me” value is dynamic.

<?php
function getTextBetweenTags($string, $tagname) {
    $pattern = "/<$tagname>(.*?)<\/$tagname>/";
    preg_match($pattern, $string, $matches);
    return $matches[1];
}

$str = '<textformat leading="2"><p align="left"><font size="10">get me</font></p></textformat>';
$txt = getTextBetweenTags($str, "font");
echo $txt;
?>
Answers:
<?php
function getTextBetweenTags($string, $tagname) {
    $pattern = "/<$tagname ?.*>(.*)<\/$tagname>/";
    preg_match($pattern, $string, $matches);
    return $matches[1];
}

$str = '<textformat leading="2"><p align="left"><font size="10">get me</font></p></textformat>';
$txt = getTextBetweenTags($str, "font");
echo $txt;
?>

That should do the trick

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In your pattern, you simply want to match all text between the two tags. Thus, you could use for example a [\w\W] to match all characters.

function getTextBetweenTags($string, $tagname) {
    $pattern = "/<$tagname>([\w\W]*?)<\/$tagname>/";
    preg_match($pattern, $string, $matches);
    return $matches[1];
}

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Try this

$str = '<option value="123">abc</option>
        <option value="123">aabbcc</option>';

preg_match_all("#<option.*?>([^<]+)</option>#", $str, $foo);

print_r($foo[1]);

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Since attribute values may contain a plain > character, try this regular expression:

$pattern = '/<'.preg_quote($tagname, '/').'(?:[^"'>]*|"[^"]*"|\'[^\']*\')*>(.*?)<\/'.preg_quote($tagname, '/').'>/s';

But regular expressions are not suitable for parsing non-regular languages like HTML. You should better use a parser like SimpleXML or DOMDocument.

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The following php snippets would return the text between html tags/elements.

regex : “/tagname(.*)endtag/” will return text between tags.

i.e.


$regex="/[start_tag_name](.*)[/end_tag_name]/";
$content="[start_tag_name]SOME TEXT[/end_tag_name]";
preg_replace($regex,$content); 

It will return “SOME TEXT”.

Regards,

Web-Farmer
@letsnurture.com

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$userinput = "http://www.example.vn/";
//$url = urlencode($userinput);
$input = @file_get_contents($userinput) or die("Could not access file: $userinput");
$regexp = "<tagname\s[^>]*>(.*)<\/tagname>";
//==Example:
//$regexp = "<div\s[^>]*>(.*)<\/div>";

if(preg_match_all("/$regexp/siU", $input, $matches, PREG_SET_ORDER)) {
    foreach($matches as $match) {
        // $match[2] = link address 
        // $match[3] = link text
    }
}

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try $pattern = "<($tagname)\b.*?>(.*?)</\1>" and return $matches[2]