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ereg and img tag

Posted on 2008-11-13
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hi experts

I need to retreive the value of the "src" from the tag "img" into an html string.

for exemple:
html -> this is a test <img src='test.jpg'> test
also html -> this is a test <img src="test.jpg"> test
It should return "test.jpg"
Question by:cabou
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Expert Comment

by:Beverley Portlock
ID: 22950151

$text = "this is a test <img src='test.jpg'> test";
$pattern = "(.*)<img src='(.+)'>(.*)";
$matches = array();

ereg( $pattern, $text, $matches );

echo "<br/>";
echo "The text you what is in the 2nd group and is '". $matches[2] . "'";
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Expert Comment

by:Beverley Portlock
ID: 22950174
Note: The pattern used above (.*)<img src='(.+)'>(.*) expects <image and src=' to be separated by one space and for thesrc to be delimited by apostrophes rather than double quotes.

Author Comment

ID: 22951409
I need a solution the works with apostrophes and double quotes

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Accepted Solution

jausions earned 2000 total points
ID: 22951543
First, you shouldn't be using the ereg function, it's on its way out. Use PCRE functions instead... preg_match()

Here's a regular expression that actually works, and actually capture all the images if needed...
$html = array(
    'blah test <img alt="blue"
src ="image.jpg" width="12" /> test message',
    '<img src=\'test.jpg\'>',
    '<p>some text<img lowsrc="blackwhite.gif" src="fullcolor.jpg" title="Low/Res"/> <img src="icon.png" height="12"></p>',
$re = '/<img\s*[^>]*\s+src\s*=\s*([\'"])([^"\']+)\1\s*[^>]*>/im';
foreach ($html as $h) {
    // Capture all the <img> information
    preg_match_all($re, $h, $matches);
    echo "\r\n".$h.' ===> ';
    echo "\r\n";
    // Captures only the first match
    preg_match($re, $h, $matches);
    echo "\r\n".$h.' ===> '.$matches[2]."\r\n";

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