preg_match

(PHP 4, PHP 5)

preg_matchВыполняет проверку на соответствие регулярному выражению

Описание

int preg_match ( string $pattern , string $subject [, array &$matches [, int $flags = 0 [, int $offset = 0 ]]] )

Ищет в заданном тексте subject совпадения с шаблоном pattern.

Список параметров

pattern

Искомый шаблон, строка.

subject

Входная строка.

matches

В случае, если указан дополнительный параметр matches, он будет заполнен результатами поиска. Элемент $matches[0] будет содержать часть строки, соответствующую вхождению всего шаблона, $matches[1] - часть строки, соответствующую первой подмаске, и так далее.

flags

flags может принимать значение следующего флага:

PREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE
В случае, если этот флаг указан, для каждой найденной подстроки будет указана ее позиция в исходной строке. Необходимо помнить, что этот флаг меняет формат возвращаемого массива matches в массив, каждый элемент которого содержит массив, содержащий в индексе с номером 0 найденную подстроку, а смещение этой подстроки в параметре subject - в индексе 1.

offset

Обычно поиск осуществляется слева направо, с начала строки. Можно использовать дополнительный параметр offset для указания альтернативной начальной позиции для поиска (в байтах).

Замечание:

Использование параметра offset не эквивалентно замене сопоставляемой строки выражением substr($subject, $offset) при вызове функции preg_match(), поскольку шаблон pattern может содержать такие условия как ^, $ или (?<=x). Сравните:

<?php
$subject 
"abcdef";
$pattern '/^def/';
preg_match($pattern$subject$matchesPREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE3);
print_r($matches);
?>

Результат выполнения данного примера:

Array
(
)

В то время как этот пример

<?php
$subject 
"abcdef";
$pattern '/^def/';
preg_match($patternsubstr($subject,3), $matchesPREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE);
print_r($matches);
?>

выведет следующее:

Array
(
    [0] => Array
        (
            [0] => def
            [1] => 0
        )

)

Возвращаемые значения

Функция preg_match() возвращает количество найденных соответствий шаблона pattern. Это может быть 0 (совпадения не найдены) и 1, поскольку preg_match() прекращает свою работу после первого найденного совпадения. Функция же preg_match_all(), наоборот, будет продолжать свою работу пока не достигнет конца subject. Функция preg_match() возвращает FALSE в случае, если во время выполнения возникли какие-либо ошибки.

Список изменений

Версия Описание
5.3.6 Возвращает FALSE если offset больше, чем длина subject.
5.2.2 Именованные подмаски теперь позволяют синтаксис (?<name>) и (?'name'), также как и (?P<name>). Предыдущие версии позволяли только (?P<name>).
4.3.3 Добавлен параметр offset
4.3.0 Добавлен флаг PREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE
4.3.0 Добавлен параметр flags

Примеры

Пример #1 Поиск подстроки "php" в тексте

<?php
// Символ "i" после закрывающего ограничителя шаблона означает
// регистронезависимый поиск.
if (preg_match("/php/i""PHP is the web scripting language of choice.")) {
    echo 
"Вхождение найдено.";
} else {
    echo 
"Вхождение не найдено.";
}
?>

Пример #2 Поиск слова "web" в тексте

<?php
/* Специальная последовательность \b в шаблоне означает границу слова,
 *  следовательно, только изолированное вхождение слова 'web' будет
   соответствовать маске, в отличие от "webbing" или "cobweb" */
if (preg_match("/\bweb\b/i""PHP is the web scripting language of choice.")) {
    echo 
"Вхождение найдено.";
} else {
    echo 
"Вхождение не найдено.";
}

if (
preg_match("/\bweb\b/i""PHP is the website scripting language of choice.")) {
    echo 
"Вхождение найдено.";
} else {
    echo 
"Вхождение не найдено.";
}
?>

Пример #3 Извлечение доменного имени из URL

<?php
// Извлекаем имя хоста из URL
preg_match('@^(?:http://)?([^/]+)@i',
    
"http://www.php.net/index.html"$matches);
$host $matches[1];

// извлекаем две последние части имени хоста
preg_match('/[^.]+\.[^.]+$/'$host$matches);
echo 
"доменное имя: {$matches[0]}\n";
?>

Результат выполнения данного примера:

доменное имя: php.net

Пример #4 Использование именованных подмасок

<?php

$str 
'foobar: 2008';

preg_match('/(?P<name>\w+): (?P<digit>\d+)/'$str$matches);

/* Это также работает в PHP 5.2.2 (PCRE 7.0) и более поздних версиях,
 * однако, вышеуказанная форма рекомендуется для обратной совместимости */
// preg_match('/(?<name>\w+): (?<digit>\d+)/', $str, $matches);

print_r($matches);

?>

Результат выполнения данного примера:

Array
(
    [0] => foobar: 2008
    [name] => foobar
    [1] => foobar
    [digit] => 2008
    [2] => 2008
)

Примечания

Подсказка

Не используйте функцию preg_match(), если необходимо проверить наличие подстроки в заданной строке. Используйте для этого strpos() либо strstr(), поскольку они выполнят эту задачу гораздо быстрее.

Смотрите также

Коментарии

Because making a truly correct email validation function is harder than one may think, consider using this one which comes with PHP through the filter_var function (function.filter-var):

<?php
$email 
"someone@domain .local";

if(!
filter_var($emailFILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL)) {
    echo 
"E-mail is not valid";
} else {
    echo 
"E-mail is valid";
}
?>
2008-05-26 15:50:00
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
preg_match and preg_replace_callback doesnt match up in the structure of the array that they fill-up for a match.
preg_match, as the example shows, supports named patterns, whereas preg_replace_callback doesnt seem to support it at all. It seem to ignore any named pattern matched.
2008-07-08 19:11:36
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
I found this rather useful for testing mutliple strings when developing a regex pattern.
<?php 
/**
 * Runs preg_match on an array of strings and returns a result set.
 * @author wjaspers4[at]gmail[dot]com
 * @param String $expr The expression to match against
 * @param Array $batch The array of strings to test.
 * @return Array
 */
function preg_match_batch$expr$batch=array() )
{
// create a placeholder for our results
   
$returnMe = array();

// for every string in our batch ...
   
foreach( $batch as $str )
    {
// test it, and dump our findings into $found
       
preg_match($expr$str$found);

// append our findings to the placeholder
       
$returnMe[$str] = $found;
    }

    return 
$returnMe;
}
?>
2008-08-28 10:55:28
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
If you need to match specific wildcards in IP address, you can use this regexp:

<?php

$ip 
'10.1.66.22';
$cmp '10.1.??.*';

$cnt preg_match('/^'
     
.str_replace(
     array(
'\*','\?'),
     array(
'(.*?)','[0-9]'),
     
preg_quote($cmp)).'$/',
     
$ip);

echo 
$cnt;

?>

where '?' is exactly one digit and '*' is any number of any characters. $cmp mask can be provided wild by user, $cnt equals (int) 1 on match or 0.
2008-09-12 11:18:33
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
If you need to check for .com.br and .com.au and .uk and all the other crazy domain endings i found the following expression works well if you want to validate an email address. Its quite generous in what it will allow

<?php

        $email_address 
"phil.taylor@a_domain.tv";

    if (
preg_match("/^[^@]*@[^@]*\.[^@]*$/"$email_address)) {
        return 
"E-mail address";       
    }
       
?>
2008-10-22 20:01:20
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
If you need to check whether string is a serialized representation of variable(sic!) you can use this :

<?php

$string 
"a:0:{}";
if(
preg_match("/(a|O|s|b)\x3a[0-9]*?
((\x3a((\x7b?(.+)\x7d)|(\x22(.+)\x22\x3b)))|(\x3b))/"
$string)) 
{
echo 
"Serialized.";
}
else 
{
echo 
"Not serialized.";
}

?>

But don't forget, string in serialized representation could be VERY big, 
so match work can be slow, even with fast preg_* functions.
2008-12-10 20:15:26
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Bugs of preg_match (PHP-version 5.2.5)

In most cases, the following example will show one of two PHP-bugs discovered with preg_match depending on your PHP-version and configuration.

<?php

$text 
"test=";
// creates a rather long text
for ($i 0$i++ < 100000;)
   
$text .= "%AB";

// a typical URL_query validity-checker (the pattern's function does not matter for this example)
$pattern    '/^(?:[;\/?:@&=+$,]|(?:[^\W_]|[-_.!~*\()\[\] ])|(?:%[\da-fA-F]{2}))*$/';
   
var_dumppreg_match$pattern$text ) );

?>

Possible bug (1):
=============
On one of our Linux-Servers the above example crashes PHP-execution with a C(?) Segmentation Fault(!). This seems to be a known bug (see http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=40909), but I don't know if it has been fixed, yet.
If you are looking for a work-around, the following code-snippet is what I found helpful. It wraps the possibly crashing preg_match call by decreasing the PCRE recursion limit in order to result in a Reg-Exp error instead of a PHP-crash.

<?php
[...]

// decrease the PCRE recursion limit for the (possibly dangerous) preg_match call
$former_recursion_limit ini_set"pcre.recursion_limit"10000 );

// the wrapped preg_match call
$result preg_match$pattern$text );

// reset the PCRE recursion limit to its original value
ini_set"pcre.recursion_limit"$former_recursion_limit );

// if the reg-exp fails due to the decreased recursion limit we may not make any statement, but PHP-execution continues
if ( PREG_RECURSION_LIMIT_ERROR === preg_last_error() )
{
   
// react on the failed regular expression here
   
$result = [...];
   
   
// do logging or email-sending here
   
[...]
//if

?>

Possible bug (2):
=============
On one of our Windows-Servers the above example does not crash PHP, but (directly) hits the recursion-limit. Here, the problem is that preg_match does not return boolean(false) as expected by the description / manual of above.
In short, preg_match seems to return an int(0) instead of the expected boolean(false) if the regular expression could not be executed due to the PCRE recursion-limit. So, if preg_match results in int(0) you seem to have to check preg_last_error() if maybe an error occurred.
2009-01-30 05:05:41
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
here is a small tool for someone learning to use regular expressions. it's very basic, and allows you to try different patterns and combinations. I made it to help me, because I like to try different things, to get a good understanding of how things work.

<?php
$search 
= isset($_POST['search'])?$_POST['search']:"//";
$match = isset($_POST['match'])?$_POST['match']:"<>";

echo 
'<form method="post">';
echo 
's: <input style="width:400px;" name="search" type="text" value="'.$search.'" /><br />';
echo 
'm:<input style="width:400px;" name="match" type="text" value="'.$match.'" /><input type="submit" value="go" /></form><br />';
if (
preg_match($search$match)){echo "matches";}else{echo "no match";}
?>
2009-02-19 08:41:38
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
I recently encountered a problem trying to capture multiple instances of named subpatterns from filenames.
Therefore, I came up with this function.

The function allows you to pass through flags (in this version it applies to all expressions tested), and generates an array of search results.

Enjoy!

<?php

/**
 * Allows multiple expressions to be tested on one string.
 * This will return a boolean, however you may want to alter this.
 *
 * @author William Jaspers, IV <wjaspers4@gmail.com>
 * @created 2009-02-27 17:00:00 +6:00:00 GMT
 * @access public
 *
 * @param array $patterns An array of expressions to be tested.
 * @param String $subject The data to test.
 * @param array $findings Optional argument to store our results.
 * @param mixed $flags Pass-thru argument to allow normal flags to apply to all tested expressions.
 * @param array $errors A storage bin for errors
 *
 * @returns bool Whether or not errors occurred.
 */
function preg_match_multiple
  array 
$patterns=array(), 
 
$subject=null,
  &
$findings=array(),
 
$flags=false,
  &
$errors=array()
) {
  foreach( 
$patterns as $name => $pattern )
  {
    if( 
<= preg_match_all$pattern$subject$found$flags ) )
    {
     
$findings[$name] = $found;
    } else 
    {
      if( 
PREG_NO_ERROR !== ( $code preg_last_error() ))
      {
       
$errors[$name] = $code;
      } else 
$findings[$name] = array();
    }
  }
  return (
0===sizeof($errors));
}
?>
2009-02-27 17:16:08
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
I just learned about named groups from a Python friend today and was curious if PHP supported them, guess what -- it does!!!

http://www.regular-expressions.info/named.html

<?php
   preg_match
("/(?P<foo>abc)(.*)(?P<bar>xyz)/",
                       
'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz',
                       
$matches);
   
print_r($matches);
?>

will produce: 

Array
(
    [0] => abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
    [foo] => abc
    [1] => abc
    [2] => defghijklmnopqrstuvw
    [bar] => xyz
    [3] => xyz
)

Note that you actually get the named group as well as the numerical key
value too, so if you do use them, and you're counting array elements, be
aware that your array might be bigger than you initially expect it to be.
2009-03-06 17:18:44
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
I see a lot of people trying to put together phone regex's and struggling (hey, no worries...they're complicated). Here's one that we use that's pretty nifty. It's not perfect, but it should work for most non-idealists.

*** Note: Only matches U.S. phone numbers. ***

<?php

// all on one line...
$regex '/^(?:1(?:[. -])?)?(?:\((?=\d{3}\)))?([2-9]\d{2})(?:(?<=\(\d{3})\))? ?(?:(?<=\d{3})[.-])?([2-9]\d{2})[. -]?(\d{4})(?: (?i:ext)\.? ?(\d{1,5}))?$/';

// or broken up
$regex '/^(?:1(?:[. -])?)?(?:\((?=\d{3}\)))?([2-9]\d{2})'
       
.'(?:(?<=\(\d{3})\))? ?(?:(?<=\d{3})[.-])?([2-9]\d{2})'
       
.'[. -]?(\d{4})(?: (?i:ext)\.? ?(\d{1,5}))?$/';

?>

If you're wondering why all the non-capturing subpatterns (which look like this "(?:", it's so that we can do this:

<?php

$formatted 
preg_replace($regex'($1) $2-$3 ext. $4'$phoneNumber);

// or, provided you use the $matches argument in preg_match

$formatted "($matches[1]) $matches[2]-$matches[3]";
if (
$matches[4]) $formatted .= " $matches[4]";

?>

*** Results: ***
520-555-5542 :: MATCH
520.555.5542 :: MATCH
5205555542 :: MATCH
520 555 5542 :: MATCH
520) 555-5542 :: FAIL
(520 555-5542 :: FAIL
(520)555-5542 :: MATCH
(520) 555-5542 :: MATCH
(520) 555 5542 :: MATCH
520-555.5542 :: MATCH
520 555-0555 :: MATCH
(520)5555542 :: MATCH
520.555-4523 :: MATCH
19991114444 :: FAIL
19995554444 :: MATCH
514 555 1231 :: MATCH
1 555 555 5555 :: MATCH
1.555.555.5555 :: MATCH
1-555-555-5555 :: MATCH
520-555-5542 ext.123 :: MATCH
520.555.5542 EXT 123 :: MATCH
5205555542 Ext. 7712 :: MATCH
520 555 5542 ext 5 :: MATCH
520) 555-5542 :: FAIL
(520 555-5542 :: FAIL
(520)555-5542 ext .4 :: FAIL
(512) 555-1234 ext. 123 :: MATCH
1(555)555-5555 :: MATCH
2009-04-24 23:52:27
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Html tags delete using regular expression

<?php
function removeHtmlTagsWithExceptions($html$exceptions null){
    if(
is_array($exceptions) && !empty($exceptions))
    {
        foreach(
$exceptions as $exception)
        {
           
$openTagPattern  '/<(' $exception ')(\s.*?)?>/msi';
           
$closeTagPattern '/<\/(' $exception ')>/msi';

           
$html preg_replace(
                array(
$openTagPattern$closeTagPattern),
                array(
'||l|\1\2|r||''||l|/\1|r||'),
               
$html
           
);
        }
    }

   
$html preg_replace('/<.*?>/msi'''$html);

    if(
is_array($exceptions))
    {
       
$html str_replace('||l|''<'$html);
       
$html str_replace('|r||''>'$html);
    }

    return 
$html;
}

// example:
print removeHtmlTagsWithExceptions(<<<EOF
<h1>Whatsup?!</h1>
Enjoy <span style="text-color:blue;">that</span> script<br />
<br />
EOF
, array(
'br'));
?>
2009-05-03 09:09:03
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
To support large Unicode ranges (ie: [\x{E000}-\x{FFFD}] or \x{10FFFFF}) you must use the modifier '/u' at the end of your expression.
2009-05-08 16:07:56
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
This is a function that uses regular expressions to match against the various VAT formats required across the EU.

<?php
/**
 * @param integer $country Country name
 * @param integer $vat_number VAT number to test e.g. GB123 4567 89
 * @return integer -1 if country not included OR 1 if the VAT Num matches for the country OR 0 if no match
*/
function checkVatNumber$country$vat_number ) {
    switch(
$country) {
        case 
'Austria':
           
$regex '/^(AT){0,1}U[0-9]{8}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Belgium':
           
$regex '/^(BE){0,1}[0]{0,1}[0-9]{9}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Bulgaria':
           
$regex '/^(BG){0,1}[0-9]{9,10}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Cyprus':
           
$regex '/^(CY){0,1}[0-9]{8}[A-Z]$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Czech Republic':
           
$regex '/^(CZ){0,1}[0-9]{8,10}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Denmark':
           
$regex '/^(DK){0,1}([0-9]{2}[\ ]{0,1}){3}[0-9]{2}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Estonia':
        case 
'Germany':
        case 
'Greece':
        case 
'Portugal':
           
$regex '/^(EE|EL|DE|PT){0,1}[0-9]{9}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'France':
           
$regex '/^(FR){0,1}[0-9A-Z]{2}[\ ]{0,1}[0-9]{9}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Finland':
        case 
'Hungary':
        case 
'Luxembourg':
        case 
'Malta':
        case 
'Slovenia':
           
$regex '/^(FI|HU|LU|MT|SI){0,1}[0-9]{8}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Ireland':
           
$regex '/^(IE){0,1}[0-9][0-9A-Z\+\*][0-9]{5}[A-Z]$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Italy':
        case 
'Latvia':
           
$regex '/^(IT|LV){0,1}[0-9]{11}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Lithuania':
           
$regex '/^(LT){0,1}([0-9]{9}|[0-9]{12})$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Netherlands':
           
$regex '/^(NL){0,1}[0-9]{9}B[0-9]{2}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Poland':
        case 
'Slovakia':
           
$regex '/^(PL|SK){0,1}[0-9]{10}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Romania':
           
$regex '/^(RO){0,1}[0-9]{2,10}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Sweden':
           
$regex '/^(SE){0,1}[0-9]{12}$/i';
            break;
        case 
'Spain':
           
$regex '/^(ES){0,1}([0-9A-Z][0-9]{7}[A-Z])|([A-Z][0-9]{7}[0-9A-Z])$/i';
            break;
        case 
'United Kingdom':
           
$regex '/^(GB){0,1}([1-9][0-9]{2}[\ ]{0,1}[0-9]{4}[\ ]{0,1}[0-9]{2})|([1-9][0-9]{2}[\ ]{0,1}[0-9]{4}[\ ]{0,1}[0-9]{2}[\ ]{0,1}[0-9]{3})|((GD|HA)[0-9]{3})$/i';
            break;
        default:
            return -
1;
            break;
    }
   
    return 
preg_match($regex$vat_number);
}
?>
2009-08-20 09:13:46
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
When using accented characters and "ñ" (áéíóúñ), preg_match does not work. It is a charset problem, use utf8_decode/decode to fix.
2009-08-27 12:31:23
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
If you want to validate an email in one line, use filter_var() function !
http://fr.php.net/manual/en/function.filter-var.php

easy use, as described in the document example :
var_dump(filter_var('bob@example.com', FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL));
2009-09-03 10:46:49
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
As I wasted lots of time finding a REAL regex for URLs and resulted in building it on my own, I now have found one, that seems to work for all kinds of urls:

<?php
    $regex 
"((https?|ftp)\:\/\/)?"// SCHEME
   
$regex .= "([a-z0-9+!*(),;?&=\$_.-]+(\:[a-z0-9+!*(),;?&=\$_.-]+)?@)?"// User and Pass
   
$regex .= "([a-z0-9-.]*)\.([a-z]{2,3})"// Host or IP
   
$regex .= "(\:[0-9]{2,5})?"// Port
   
$regex .= "(\/([a-z0-9+\$_-]\.?)+)*\/?"// Path
   
$regex .= "(\?[a-z+&\$_.-][a-z0-9;:@&%=+\/\$_.-]*)?"// GET Query
   
$regex .= "(#[a-z_.-][a-z0-9+\$_.-]*)?"// Anchor
?>

Then, the correct way to check against the regex ist as follows:

<?php
       
if(preg_match("/^$regex$/"$url))
       {
               return 
true;
       }
?>
2009-10-01 08:01:00
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
If your regular expression does not match with long input text when you think it should, you might have hit the PCRE backtrack default limit of 100000. See http://php.net/pcre.backtrack-limit.
2009-10-12 05:24:10
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Was working on a site that needed japanese and alphabetic letters and needed to 
validate input using preg_match, I tried using \p{script} but didn't work:

<?php
$pattern 
='/^([-a-zA-Z0-9_\p{Katakana}\p{Hiragana}\p{Han}]*)$/u'// Didn't work
?>

So I tried with ranges and it worked:

<?php
$pattern 
='/^[-a-zA-Z0-9_\x{30A0}-\x{30FF}'
         
.'\x{3040}-\x{309F}\x{4E00}-\x{9FBF}\s]*$/u';
$match_string '印刷最安 ニキビ跡除去 ゲームボーイ';

if (
preg_match($pattern$match_string)) {
    echo 
"Found - pattern $pattern";
} else {
    echo 
"Not found - pattern $pattern";
}
?>

U+4E00–U+9FBF Kanji
U+3040–U+309F Hiragana
U+30A0–U+30FF Katakana

Hope its useful, it took me several hours to figure it out.
2009-11-03 23:32:29
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
I spent a while replacing all my ereg() calls to preg_match(), since ereg() is now deprecated and will not be supported as of v 6.0.

Just a warning regarding the conversion, the two functions behave very similarly, but not exactly alike. Obviously, you will need to delimit your pattern with '/' or '|' characters.

The difference that stumped me was that preg_replace overwrites the $matches array regardless if a match was found. If no match was found, $matches is simply empty.

ereg(), however, would leave $matches alone if a match was not found. In my code, I had repeated calls to ereg, and was populating $matches with each match. I was only interested in the last match. However, with preg_match, if the very last call to the function did not result in a match, the $matches array would be overwritten with a blank value.

Here is an example code snippet to illustrate:

<?php
$test 
= array('yes','no','yes','no','yes','no');

foreach (
$test as $key=>$value) {
 
ereg("yes",$value,$matches1);
 
preg_match("|yes|",$value,$matches2);
}
  print 
"ereg result: $matches1[0]<br>";
  print 
"preg_match result: $matches2[0]<br>";
?>

The output is:
ereg result: yes
preg_match result: 

($matches2[0] in this case is empty)

I believe the preg_match behavior is cleaner. I just thought I would report this to hopefully save others some time.
2009-11-17 16:47:45
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
I noticed that in order to deal with UTF-8 texts, without having to recompile php with the PCRE UTF-8 flag enabled, you can just add the following sequence at the start of your pattern: (*UTF8)

for instance : '#(*UTF8)[[:alnum:]]#' will return TRUE for 'é' where '#[[:alnum:]]#' will return FALSE

found this very very useful tip after hours of research over the web directly in pcre website right here : http://www.pcre.org/pcre.txt
there are many further informations about UTF-8 support in the lib

hop that will help!

--
cedric
2010-01-24 00:43:07
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
The regular expression for breaking-down a URI reference into its components:

      ^(([^:/?#]+):)?(//([^/?#]*))?([^?#]*)(\?([^#]*))?(#(.*))?
       12            3  4          5       6  7        8 9

Source: ietf.org/rfc/rfc2396.txt
2010-02-06 10:00:01
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
Hello,
There is a bug with somes new PCRE versions (like:7.9 2009-04-1),
In patterns:
\w+ !== [a-zA-Z0-9]+

But it's ok, if i replace \w+ by [a-z0-9]+ or [a-zA-Z0-9]+
2010-02-18 09:58:23
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
To extract scheme, host, path, ect. simply use 

<?php

  $url 
'http://name:pass@';
 
$url .= 'example.com:10000';
 
$url .= '/path/to/file.php?a=1&amp;b=2#anchor';

 
$url_data parse_url $url );

 
print_r $url_data );

?>
___
prints out something like:

Array
(
    [scheme] => http
    [host] => wild.subdomain.orgy.domain.co.uk
    [port] => 10000
    [user] => name
    [pass] => pass
    [path] => /path/to/file.php
    [query] => a=1&b=2
    [fragment] => anchor
)

In my tests parse_url is up to 15x faster than preg_match(_all)!
2010-02-21 18:53:34
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
for those coming over from ereg, preg_match can be quite intimidating. to get started here is a migration tip.

<?php
if(ereg('[^0-9A-Za-z]',$test_string)) // will be true if characters arnt 0-9, A-Z or a-z.

if(preg_match('/[^0-9A-Za-z]/',$test_string)) // this is the preg_match version. the /'s are now required.
?>
2010-03-17 20:29:09
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
When you use preg_match() for security purpose or huge data processing,
mayby you should make consideration for backtrack_limit and recursion_limit.
pcre.configuration

These limits may bring wrong matching result.
You can verify whether you hit these limits by checking preg_last_error().
function.preg-last-error
2010-04-09 12:00:41
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
I have been working on a email system that will automatically generate a text email from a given HTML email by using strip_tags(). 
The only issue I ran into, for my needs, were that the anchors would not keep their links. 
I search for a little while and could not find anything to strip the links from the tags so I generated my own little snippet. 
I am posting it here in hopes that others may find it useful and for later reference.

A note to keep in mind:
I was primarily concerned with valid HTML so if attributes do no use ' or " to contain the values then this will need to be tweaked.
If you can edit this to work better, please let me know.
<?php
/**
 * Replaces anchor tags with text
 * - Will search string and replace all anchor tags with text (case insensitive)
 * 
 * How it works:
 * - Searches string for an anchor tag, checks to make sure it matches the criteria
 *         Anchor search criteria:
 *             - 1 - <a (must have the start of the anchor tag )
 *             - 2 - Can have any number of spaces or other attributes before and after the href attribute
 *             - 3 - Must close the anchor tag
 * 
 * - Once the check has passed it will then replace the anchor tag with the string replacement
 * - The string replacement can be customized
 * 
 * Know issue:
 * - This will not work for anchors that do not use a ' or " to contain the attributes. 
 *         (i.e.- <a href=http: //php.net>PHP.net</a> will not be replaced)
 */
function replaceAnchorsWithText($data) {
   
/**
     * Had to modify $regex so it could post to the site... so I broke it into 6 parts.
     */
   
$regex  '/(<a\s*'// Start of anchor tag
   
$regex .= '(.*?)\s*'// Any attributes or spaces that may or may not exist
   
$regex .= 'href=[\'"]+?\s*(?P<link>\S+)\s*[\'"]+?'// Grab the link
   
$regex .= '\s*(.*?)\s*>\s*'// Any attributes or spaces that may or may not exist before closing tag 
   
$regex .= '(?P<name>\S+)'// Grab the name
   
$regex .= '\s*<\/a>)/i'// Any number of spaces between the closing anchor tag (case insensitive)
   
   
if (is_array($data)) {
       
// This is what will replace the link (modify to you liking)
       
$data "{$data['name']}({$data['link']})";
    }
    return 
preg_replace_callback($regex'replaceAnchorsWithText'$data);
}

$input  'Test 1: <a href="http: //php.net1">PHP.NET1</a>.<br />';
$input .= 'Test 2: <A name="test" HREF=\'HTTP: //PHP.NET2\' target="_blank">PHP.NET2</A>.<BR />';
$input .= 'Test 3: <a hRef=http: //php.net3>php.net3</a><br />';
$input .= 'This last line had nothing to do with any of this';

echo 
replaceAnchorsWithText($input).'<hr/>';
?>
Will output:
Test 1: PHP.NET1(http: //php.net1).
Test 2: PHP.NET2(HTTP: //PHP.NET2).
Test 3: php.net3 (is still an anchor)
This last line had nothing to do with any of this

Posting to this site is painful...
Had to break up the regex and had to break the test links since it was being flagged as spam...
2010-06-08 13:10:58
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
When trying to check a file path that could be windows or unix it took me quite a few tries to get the escape characters right.

The Unix directory separator must be escaped once and the windows directory separator must be escaped twice.

This will match path/to/file and path\to\file.exe

preg_match('/^[a-z0-9_.\/\\\]*$/i', $file_string);
2010-12-27 03:55:50
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
This sample regexp may be useful if you are working with DB field types. 

(?P<type>\w+)($|\((?P<length>(\d+|(.*)))\))

For example, if you are have a such type as "varchar(255)" or "text", the next fragment

<?php
   $type 
'varchar(255)'// type of field
   
preg_match('/(?P<type>\w+)($|\((?P<length>(\d+|(.*)))\))/'$type$field);
   
print_r($field);
?>

will output something like this:
Array ( [0] => varchar(255) [type] => varchar [1] => varchar [2] => (255) [length] => 255 [3] => 255 [4] => 255 )
2010-12-30 08:12:31
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
If someone is from a country that accepts decimal numbers in format 9.00 and 9,00 (point or comma), number validation would be like that:
<?php
$number_check 
"9,99";
if (
preg_match'/^[\-+]?[0-9]*\.*\,?[0-9]+$/'$number_check)) {
    return 
TRUE
}
?>

However, if the number will be written in the database, most probably this comma needs to be replaced with a dot. 
This can be done with use of str_replace, i.e :
<?php
$number_database 
str_replace("," "." $number_check);
?>
2011-01-26 14:12:44
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
For those who search for a unicode regular expression example using preg_match here it is:

Check for Persian digits
preg_match( "/[^\x{06F0}-\x{06F9}\x]+/u" , '۱۲۳۴۵۶۷۸۹۰' );
2011-02-02 21:15:47
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
Sometimes its useful to negate a string. The first method which comes to mind to do this is: [^(string)] but this of course won't work. There is a solution, but it is not very well known. This is the simple piece of code on how a negation of a string is done:

(?:(?!string).)

?: makes a subpattern (see regexp.reference.subpatterns) and ?! is a negative look ahead. You put the negative look ahead in front of the dot because you want the regex engine to first check if there is an occurrence of the string you are negating. Only if it is not there, you want to match an arbitrary character.

Hope this helps some ppl.
2011-03-20 09:32:57
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
i do a fair bit of html scraping in conjunction with curl. i always need to know if i have reached the right page or if the curl request failed. the main problem i have encountered is html tags having unexpected spaces or other characters (especially the &nbsp; character sequence) between them. for example when requesting a page with a certain manner set of post or get variables the response might be

<a href='blah'><span>data data data</span></a>

but requesting the same page with different post/get variables might give the following result:

<a href='blah'>
         &nbsp;<span>data data data</span>
</a>

to match both of these tag sequences with the same pattern i use the [\S\s]*? wildcard which basically means 'match anything at all...but not if you can help it'

so the pattern for the above sequence would be:

<?php

$page1 
"........<a href='blah'><span>data data data</span></a>.........";

$page2 "........<a href='blah'>
         &nbsp;<span>data data data</span>
</a>
........"
;

$w "[\s\S]*?"//ungreedy wildcard
$pattern "/\<a href='blah'\>$w\<span\>data data data\<\/span\>$w\<\/a\>/";

if(
preg_match($pattern$page1$matches)) echo "got to page 1. match: [".print_r($matchestrue)."]\n";
else echo 
"did not get to page 1\n";

if(
preg_match($pattern$page2$matches)) echo "got to page 2. match: [".print_r($matchestrue)."]\n";
else echo 
"did not get to page 2\n";

?>
2011-05-16 04:57:51
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Basic test for invalid UTF-8 that can hi-jack IE:

<?php
$valid 
= (preg_match('/^./us'$text) == 1);
?>
See http://api.drupal.org/api/drupal/includes--bootstrap.inc/function/drupal_validate_utf8/7 for details.

---

Test for valid UTF-8 and XML/XHTML character range compatibility:

<?php
$invalid 
preg_match('@[^\x9\xA\xD\x20-\x{D7FF}\x{E000}-\x{FFFD}\x{10000}-\x{10FFFF}]@u'$text)
?>
Ref: http://www.w3.org/TR/2000/REC-xml-20001006#charsets
2011-06-23 20:56:40
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
This sample is for checking persian character:

<?php
   preg_match
("/[\x{0600}-\x{06FF}\x]{1,32}/u"'محمد');
?>
2011-08-02 00:23:57
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
You can use the following code to detect non-latin (Cyrilic, Arabic, Greek...) characters:

<?php
preg_match
("/^[a-zA-Z\p{Cyrillic}0-9\s\-]+$/u""ABC abc 1234 АБВ абв");
?>
2011-08-09 12:08:09
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Preg_match returns empty result trying to validate $subject with carriege returns (/n/r).
To solve it one need to use /s modifier in $pattern string.
<?php
$pattern
='/.*/s';
$valid=preg_match($pattern$subject$match);
?>
2011-08-11 15:53:25
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
highlight Search Words 

<?php
function highlight($word$subject) {
   
   
$split_subject explode(" "$subject);
   
$split_word explode(" "$word);

    foreach (
$split_subject as $k => $v){
           foreach (
$split_word as $k2 => $v2){
               if(
$v2 == $v){
                   
                   
$split_subject[$k] = "<span class='highlight'>".$v."</span>";
               
               }
           }
      }
     
      return 
implode(' '$split_subject);
}
?>
2011-08-30 19:55:15
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Just an interesting note. Was just updating code to replace ereg() with strpos() and preg_match and the thought occured that preg_match() could be optimized to quit early when only searching if a string begins with something, for example
<?php
if(preg_match("/^http/"$url))
{
 
//do something
}
?>

 vs 

<?php 
if(strpos($url"http") === 0)
{
//do something
}
?>

As I guessed, strpos() is always faster (about 2x) for short strings like a URL but for very long strings of several paragraphs (e.g. a block of XML) when the string doesn't start with the needle preg_match as twice as fast as strpos() as it doesn't scan the entire string.

So, if you are searching long strings and expect it to normally be true (e.g. validating XML), strpos() is a much faster BUT if you expect if to often fail, preg_match is the better choice.
2011-08-31 01:28:48
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Simple regex

Regex quick reference
[abc]     A single character: a, b or c
[^abc]     Any single character but a, b, or c
[a-z]     Any single character in the range a-z
[a-zA-Z]     Any single character in the range a-z or A-Z
^     Start of line
$     End of line
\A     Start of string
\z     End of string
.     Any single character
\s     Any whitespace character
\S     Any non-whitespace character
\d     Any digit
\D     Any non-digit
\w     Any word character (letter, number, underscore)
\W     Any non-word character
\b     Any word boundary character
(...)     Capture everything enclosed
(a|b)     a or b
a?     Zero or one of a
a*     Zero or more of a
a+     One or more of a
a{3}     Exactly 3 of a
a{3,}     3 or more of a
a{3,6}     Between 3 and 6 of a

options: i case insensitive m make dot match newlines x ignore whitespace in regex o perform #{...} substitutions only once
2011-09-26 02:38:30
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
Workaround for getting the offset in UTF-8
(in some cases mb_strpos might be an option as well)

<?php
if(preg_match($pattern,$haystack,$out,PREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE)) {
   
$offset strlen(utf8_decode(substr($haystack,0,$out[0][1])));
}
?>
2011-12-07 11:55:15
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
here is a little function to get an associative array instead of the numeric one.

<?php
function preg_match_assoc($pattern$subject$assoc$flags 0$offset 0) {
   
$matches = array();
    eval(
'preg_match($pattern, $subject, $matches, $flags, $offset);');
   
$n 0;
    foreach(
$matches as $result) {
       
$array[$assoc[$n]] = $result;
       
$n++;
    }
    return 
$array;
}
?>

example of use

<?php

$assocs 
= array(
   
'all',
   
'a-1',
   
'i-1',
   
'a-2',
   
'ia-1',
   
'ia-2'
);

$test preg_match_assoc('#([a-z]+)([0-9]+)([a-z]+)\-([a-z|0-9]+)\-([a-z|0-9]+)#''az45rt-df36qz-fg89ih'$assocs);

// $test will contain :
//
// array
//   'all' => string 'az45rt-df36qz-fg89ih' (length=20)
//   'a-1' => string 'az' (length=2)
//   'i-1' => string '45' (length=2)
//   'a-2' => string 'rt' (length=2)
//   'ia-1' => string 'df36qz' (length=6)
//
// Instead of :
//
// array
//   0 => string 'az45rt-df36qz-fg89ih' (length=20)
//   1 => string 'az' (length=2)
//   2 => string '45' (length=2)
//   2 => string 'rt' (length=2)
//   4 => string 'df36qz' (length=6)
//   5 => string 'fg89ih' (length=6)

?>
2012-01-08 08:11:33
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
When using a 'bad words reject string' filter, preg_match is MUCH faster than strpos / stripos. Because in the other cases, you would need to do a foreach for each word. With efficient programming, the foreach is ONLY faster when the first word in the ban-list is found.

(for 12 words, 100,000 iterations, no word found)
stripos - Taken 1.4876 seconds.
strpos - Taken 1.4207 seconds.
preg_match - Taken 0.189 seconds.

Interesting fact:
With long words ('averylongwordtospitepreg'), the difference is only much less. Only about a 2/3rd of the time instead of 1/6th

<?php

$words 
= array('word1''word2''word3''word4''word5''word6''word7''word8''word9''word10''word11''word12' );
$teststring 'ThIs Is A tEsTsTrInG fOr TeStInG.';
$count 100000;
$find 0;

$start microtime(TRUE);
for (
$i 0$i $count$i++) {
    foreach (
$words as $word) {
        if (
stripos($teststring$word) !== FALSE) {
           
$find++;
            break;
        }
    }
}
echo 
'stripos - Taken ' round(microtime(TRUE) - $start4) . ' seconds.' PHP_EOL;

$start microtime(TRUE);
for (
$i 0$i $count$i++) {
    foreach (
$words as $word) {
        if (
strpos($teststring$word) !== FALSE) {
           
$find++;
            break;
        }
    }
}
echo 
'strpos - Taken ' round(microtime(TRUE) - $start4) . ' seconds.' PHP_EOL;

$start microtime(TRUE);
$pattern '/';
$div '';
foreach (
$words as $word) {
   
$pattern .= $div preg_quote($word);
   
$div '|';
}
$pattern .= '/i';
//Pattern could easily be done somewhere else if words are static.
for ($i 0$i $count$i++) {
    if (
preg_match($pattern$teststring)) {
       
$find++;
    }
}
$end microtime(TRUE);
echo 
'preg_match - Taken ' round($end $start4) . ' seconds.' PHP_EOL;
?>
2012-02-10 13:12:01
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
Simple function to return a sub-string following the preg convention. Kind of expensive, and some might say lazy but it has saved me time.

# preg_substr($pattern,$subject,[$offset]) function
# @author   aer0s
#  return a specific sub-string in a string using 
#   a regular expression 
# @param   $pattern   regular expression pattern to match
# @param   $subject   string to search
# @param   [$offset]   zero based match occurrence to return
#                             
# [$offset] is 0 by default which returns the first occurrence,
# if [$offset] is -1 it will return the last occurrence 

function preg_substr($pattern,$subject,$offset=0){
    preg_match_all($pattern,$subject,$matches,PREG_PATTERN_ORDER);
    return $offset==-1?array_pop($matches[0]):$matches[0][$offset];


example: 

             $pattern = "/model(\s|-)[a-z0-9]/i";
             $subject = "Is there something wrong with model 654, Model 732, and model 43xl or is Model aj45B the preferred choice?";

             echo preg_substr($pattern,$subject);
             echo preg_substr($pattern,$subject,1);
             echo preg_substr($pattern,$subject,-1); 

Returns something like:

             model 654
             Model 732
             Model aj45B
2012-03-16 23:15:14
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Matching a backslash character can be confusing, because double escaping is needed in the pattern: first for PHP, second for the regex engine
<?php
//match newline control character:
preg_match('/\n/','\n');   //pattern matches and is stored as control character 0x0A in the pattern string
preg_match('/\\\n/','\n'); //very same match, but is stored escaped as 0x5C,0x6E in the pattern string

//trying to match "\'" (2 characters) in a text file, '\\\'' as PHP string:
$subject file_get_contents('myfile.txt');
preg_match('/\\\'/',$subject);    //DOESN'T MATCH!!! stored as 0x5C,0x27 (escaped apostrophe), this only matches apostrophe
preg_match('/\\\\\'/',$subject);  //matches, stored as 0x5C,0x5C,0x27 (escaped backslash and unescaped apostrophe)
preg_match('/\\\\\\\/',$subject); //also matches, stored as 0x5C,0x5C,0x5C,0x27 (escaped backslash and escaped apostrophe)

//matching "\n" (2 characters):
preg_match('/\\\\n/','\\n');
preg_match('/\\\n/','\\n'); //same match - 3 backslashes are interpreted as 2 in PHP, if the following character is not escapeable
?>
2012-04-08 01:32:13
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Here's a regex to validate against the schema for common MySQL 
 identifiers:

<?php
$string 
"$table_name";
if (
preg_match("/[^\\d\\sa-zA-Z$_]/"$string))
  echo 
"Failed validation";
?>
2012-05-22 22:41:48
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
Here is a function that decreases the numbers inside a string (useful to convert DOM object into simplexml object)

e.g.: decremente_chaine("somenode->anode[2]->achildnode[3]") will return "somenode->anode[1]->achildnode[2]"

the numbering of the nodes in simplexml starts from zero, but from 1 in DOM xpath objects

<?php
function decremente_chaine($chaine)
    {
       
//récupérer toutes les occurrences de nombres et leurs indices
       
preg_match_all("/[0-9]+/",$chaine,$out,PREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE);
           
//parcourir les occurrences 
           
for($i=0;$i<sizeof($out[0]);$i++)
            {
               
$longueurnombre strlen((string)$out[0][$i][0]);
               
$taillechaine strlen($chaine);
               
// découper la chaine en 3 morceaux
               
$debut substr($chaine,0,$out[0][$i][1]);
               
$milieu = ($out[0][$i][0])-1;
               
$fin substr($chaine,$out[0][$i][1]+$longueurnombre,$taillechaine);
                 
// si c'est 10,100,1000 etc. on décale tout de 1 car le résultat comporte un chiffre de moins
                 
if(preg_match('#[1][0]+$#'$out[0][$i][0]))
                 {
                    for(
$j $i+1;$j<sizeof($out[0]);$j++)
                    {
                       
$out[0][$j][1] = $out[0][$j][1] -1;
                    }
                 }
               
$chaine $debut.$milieu.$fin;
            }
        return 
$chaine;
    }
?>
2012-09-24 11:02:06
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Some times a Hacker use a php file or shell as a image to hack your website. so if you try to use move_uploaded_file() function as in example to allow for users to upload files, you must check if this file contains a bad codes or not so we use this function. preg match

in this function we use

unlink() - http://php.net/unlink

after you upload file check a file with below function. 

<?php

/**
 * A simple function to check file from bad codes.
 *
 * @param (string) $file - file path.
 * @author Yousef Ismaeil - Cliprz[at]gmail[dot]com.
 */
function is_clean_file ($file)
{
    if (
file_exists($file))
    {
       
$contents file_get_contents($file);
    }
    else
    {
        exit(
$file." Not exists.");
    }

    if (
preg_match('/(base64_|eval|system|shell_|exec|php_)/i',$contents))
    {
        return 
true;
    }
    else if (
preg_match("#&\#x([0-9a-f]+);#i"$contents))
    {
        return 
true;
    }
    elseif (
preg_match('#&\#([0-9]+);#i'$contents))
    {
        return 
true;
    }
    elseif (
preg_match("#([a-z]*)=([\`\'\"]*)script:#iU"$contents))
    {
        return 
true;
    }
    elseif (
preg_match("#([a-z]*)=([\`\'\"]*)javascript:#iU"$contents))
    {
        return 
true;
    }
    elseif (
preg_match("#([a-z]*)=([\'\"]*)vbscript:#iU"$contents))
    {
        return 
true;
    }
    elseif (
preg_match("#(<[^>]+)style=([\`\'\"]*).*expression\([^>]*>#iU"$contents))
    {
        return 
true;
    }
    elseif (
preg_match("#(<[^>]+)style=([\`\'\"]*).*behaviour\([^>]*>#iU"$contents))
    {
        return 
true;
    }
    elseif (
preg_match("#</*(applet|link|style|script|iframe|frame|frameset|html|body|title|div|p|form)[^>]*>#i"$contents))
    {
        return 
true;
    }
    else
    {
        return 
false;
    }
}
?>

Use

<?php
// If image contains a bad codes
$image   "simpleimage.png";

if (
is_clean_file($image))
{
    echo 
"Bad codes this is not image";
   
unlink($image);
}
else
{
    echo 
"This is a real image.";
}
?>
2013-02-04 15:31:23
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
There does not seem to be any mention of the PHP version of switches that can be used with regular expressions.

preg_match_all('/regular expr/sim',$text).

The s i m being the location for and available switches (I know about)
The i is to ignore letter cases (this is commonly known - I think)
The s tells the code NOT TO stop searching when it encounters \n (line break) - this is important with multi-line entries for example text from an editor that needs search.
The m tells the code it is a multi-line entry, but importantly allows the use of ^ and $ to work when showing start and end.

I am hoping this will save someone from the 4 hours of torture that I endured, trying to workout this issue.
2013-03-05 15:48:11
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Be aware of bug https://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=50887 when using sub patterns: Un-matched optional sub patterns at the end won't show up in $matches.

Here is a workaround: Assign a name to all subpatterns you are interested in, and merge $match afterwards with an constant array containing some reasonable default values:

<?php
if (preg_match('/^(?P<lang>[^;*][^;]*){1}(?:;q=(?P<qval>[0-9.]+))?$/u''de'$match))
{
 
$match array_merge(array('lang' => '''qval' => ''), $match);
 
print_r($match);
}
?>

This outputs:
Array
(
    [lang] => de
    [qval] => 
    [0] => de
    [1] => de
)

Instead of:
Array
(
    [0] => de
    [lang] => de
    [1] => de
)
2013-06-17 23:49:29
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Attention! PREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE not UTF-8 aware when using u modifier
and it's not a but, it's a feature:
https://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=37391

Possible workaround: Use mb_strpos to get the correct offset, instead of the flag.

 UTF-8 support would be nice.
2013-07-22 00:07:45
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
Using named subpattern :

Since PCRE 7.0 ( PHP  >= 5.2.2) , named groups can be defined using
 (?<name>) or (?'name') instead of (?P<name>)

<?php

$str 
'foobar: 2008';

preg_match('/(?P<name>\w+): (?P<digit>\d+)/'$str$matches);

print_r($matches);

//Or
preg_match('/(?\'name\'\w+): (?\'digit\'\d+)/'$str$matches);

print_r($matches);

//Or

preg_match('/(?<name>\w+): (?<digit>\d+)/'$str$matches);

print_r($matches);
?>

//Result 

Array
(
    [0] =>foobar: 2008
    [name] => foobar
    [1] => foobar
    [digit] => 2008
    [2] => 2008
)

Array
(
    [0] => foobar: 2008
    [name] => foobar
    [1] => foobar
    [digit] => 2008
    [2] => 2008
)
Array
(
    [0] => foobar: 2008
    [name] => foobar
    [1] => foobar
    [digit] => 2008
    [2] => 2008
)
2014-08-22 16:27:21
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
I noted that PCRE_ANCHORED (the pattern modifier A) does work fine if using an offset. If you use the escape sequence \A or even the dash "^" in the regex, it does not work (even if in multiline mode)... 

<?php
$text 
'foo bar';
print (int) 
preg_match('/^bar/',$text,$a,null,4); // prints 0
print (int) preg_match('/\Abar/',$text,$a,null,4); // prints 0
print (int) preg_match('/bar/A',$text,$a,null,4); // prints 1
?>

Hope this helps someone out there! :-)

Version: PHP 5.5.12
2014-08-26 18:35:11
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
Regarding utf-8 and offset:
Be aware that the 5th Parameter behaves in the same way as the 4th is handeled. The $offset parameter should therefore be given as byte length.

<?php
var_dump
(preg_match('/#/u''a#',$matches,0,2));
var_dump(preg_match('/#/u'"\xc3\xa4#",$matches,0,2));
var_dump(preg_match('/#/u'"\xc3\xa4#",$matches,0,3));
?>
2016-02-24 11:45:15
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
To validate directorys on Windows i used this:

if( preg_match("#^([a-z]{1}\:{1})?[\\\/]?([\-\w]+[\\\/]?)*$#i",$_GET['path'],$matches) !== 1 ){
    echo("Invalid value");
}else{
    echo("Valid value");
}

The parts are:

#^ and $i            Make the string matches at all the pattern, from start to end for ensure a complete match.
([a-z]{1}\:{1})?        The string may starts with one letter and a colon, but only 1 character for eachone, this is for the drive letter (C:)
[\\\/]?            The string may contain, but not require 1 slash or backslash after the drive letter, (\/)
([\-\w]+[\\\/]?)*    The string must have 1 or more of any character like hyphen, letter, number, underscore, and may contain a slash or back slash at the end, to have a directory like ("/" or "folderName" or "folderName/"), this may be repeated one or more times.
2016-10-13 02:09:00
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Автор:
You are sure your pattern is correct but preg_match always gives you `false` and preg_last_error()  gives you `PREG_NO_ERROR`? Are you tired of this and don't know what else you can check? 
So check flags of your pattern, my friend! There MUST be no `g` option. preg_match don't like that and that is why it gives you `false`.
2017-03-08 15:59:54
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html
Beware that while a non-matching optional parenthesized subpattern will be stored in $matches as an empty string ("") if there's at least one match following it, one or more at the end of the array will be omitted entirely!

Poor example:
<?php
// Slightly modified, this checks for a valid, real number. Here, it stores the dash, whole part, and period with decimals in $matches.

// Testing ".1":
preg_match("/^(-)?(\\d+)?(\\.\\d+)?\$/"".1"$matches);

var_dump($matches);
/*
array(4) {
  [0]=>
  string(2) ".1"
  [1]=>
  string(0) ""
  [2]=>
  string(0) ""
  [3]=>
  string(2) ".1"
*/

// Testing "-":
preg_match("/^(-)?(\\d+)?(\\.\\d+)?\$/""-"$matches);

var_dump($matches);
/*
array(2) {
  [0]=>
  string(1) "-"
  [1]=>
  string(1) "-"
*/
?>

Notice that $matches[2] here is either "" or not set at all for the exact same result (not found).
2017-03-13 22:36:58
http://php5.kiev.ua/manual/ru/function.preg-match.html

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