Remove special characters from string in PHP
In this tutorial, we will learn how to remove special characters from strings in PHP. We will see a built-in PHP function to remove the special characters and many more. Let’s get started.
Remove special characters from a string
Remove special characters such as
|,@,! ,&,*,%,#,^etc. from a given string in PHP. While working on any project we all come across a situation where we want to either replace unwanted spaces with hyphens and also we want to clean strings that contain special characters.
Suppose we are given a string that not only contains alphanumeric characters but also special characters. To resolve such an issue in PHP we can make use of PHP built-in function
The preg_replace() method is used in such a way that it first searches for that regular expression and replaces it with the proper content which is provided by us.
preg_replace( pass pattern, replacement with, subject, limit, counts )
<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <body> <?php $str = "[email protected] speedy!3*^&% tutorial#$"; $str = preg_replace('/[^A-Za-z\-]/', '', $str); // Printing the result echo $str; ?> </body> </html>
Suppose sometimes we want to replace spaces in our string with hyphens. So we can make use of the str_replace() method in PHP.
<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <body> <?php $str = "[email protected] speedy!3*^&% tutorial#$"; $str = str_replace(' ','-',$str); $str = preg_replace('/[^A-Za-z\-]/', '', $str); // Printing the result echo $str; ?> </body> </html>
Hope you liked this tutorial. Happy Learning !!!!!!!