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How To Validate URL In PHP With Regex

In this article, we will see how to validate URLs in PHP with regular expressions. Also, you can implement it in laravel or PHP. here we will give you an example of validating URL with a regular expression and without regular expression. So, you can both way to implement validate URL in PHP or laravel.

When a URL is submitted from a form input by the user, it is very important to check this URL is valid or not before taking any action on it. So, here we will provide the simple PHP code to validate URL in PHP.

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PHP provide filter_var() inbuilt function with FILTER_VALIDATE_URL filter. So, we can easily validate a URL in PHP using javascript regex or regular expression.


The FILTER_VALIDATE_URL filter validates a URL.

<!DOCTYPE html>

// Variable to check
$url = "";

// Validate url
if (filter_var($url, FILTER_VALIDATE_URL)) {
  echo("Enter URL is a valid URL");
} else {
  echo("Enter URL is not a valid URL");

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Possible flags of validating URL in PHP.

FILTER_FLAG_HOST_REQUIRED - URL must include hostname (like
FILTER_FLAG_PATH_REQUIRED - URL must have a path after the domain name (like
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Example : Validate URL With Regex

Above function is simply to check URL validation. If you want to check or validate URLs manually or more securely then you can use regular expression. So, here I will give an example of code.


$regex = "((https?|ftp)\:\/\/)?";
$regex .= "([a-z0-9+!*(),;?&=\$_.-]+(\:[a-z0-9+!*(),;?&=\$_.-]+)?@)?";
$regex .= "([a-z0-9-.]*)\.([a-z]{2,3})";
$regex .= "(\:[0-9]{2,5})?";
$regex .= "(\/([a-z0-9+\$_-]\.?)+)*\/?";
$regex .= "(\?[a-z+&\$_.-][a-z0-9;:@&%=+\/\$_.-]*)?";
$regex .= "(#[a-z_.-][a-z0-9+\$_.-]*)?";

$url = '';

if (preg_match("/^$regex$/i", $url)) {
   echo('Enter URL is a valid URL');
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Discussion (1)

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Ben Sinclair • Edited on

There are many more common schemes than http, https and ftp, though - and anyone can register their own on your machine if they want.

This will validate using your regex: even though it uses an invalid port, while mailto schemes will only work some of the time (depending on where you use colons and so on, and the need to validate an email address being super complicated). The fact that mailto will work at all is a side-effect of your regex thinking it's a username/password section rather than a scheme, and I expect there are combinations which will fail.

I agree that this will get most cases you're likely to care about, and it's probably better than whatever PHP does with FILTER_VALIDATE_URL, but it's never going to be exhaustive unless you write a URL parser.