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get the any phone number xxx-xxx-xxxx from text

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i need to find out any US phone number in this format xxx-xxx-xxxx whether it exist in the text or string using PHP. can anyone help with this.

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Question by:rajccs
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Assuming you put your data into a string variable called $data, then the following will pick out matches


$pattern = '~(\d{3}-\d{3}-\d{4})~s';
$matches = array();

if ( preg_match_all( $pattern, $data, $matches, PREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE ) > 0 ) {
    echo "Matches are:<br/>";
    print_r( $matches );
}

The PREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE allows you to determine the offset from the start of the string in characters

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If you intend to "grab" US phone number, then take a look at this article http://www.macronimous.com/resources/writing_regular_expression_with_php.asp

It provides detailed explanation on each pattern that match US phone number format and also an pratical example to grab phone number on a website.
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