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How do I match and retrieve the EMBED tag from the html source

Posted on 2011-04-26
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have html source contains embed tag and want to retrieve only that, for example the below html source, how can i retrieve embed tag ? i need with preg match ...

 i am trying like this, but does not work,
echo preg_match('<embed.+="(.+?)".+?<\/embed>',$result);
<div class="test">
      <embed src='http://www.saynow.com/flash/test.swf' quality="high" FlashVars="itemId=test&autoplay=0&duration=04:05&url=http://my.saynow.com" bgcolor="#ffffff" wmode="opaque" width="320" height="65" name="player" align="middle" allowScriptAccess="sameDomain" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed>


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Question by:Loganathan Natarajan
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Expert Comment

ID: 35473188
Better you search for the string "<embed" and then the next "src" in it. and then "=" and search for the ' or " . if ' is found search for its matching '. if " is found go for its matching ". this is very easy to debug also.

and download the file thru php.

Expert Comment

ID: 35473201
the src need not be the first attribute. if the string changes to <embed name="" src = "" /> your match may not work properly. even the src may miss in the embed tag by mistake!

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Marco Gasi earned 1000 total points
ID: 35473217
You regex doesn't work only because you forgot to add delimiters and because preg_match returns true or false, not a string. Try this:

preg_match('/<embed.+="(.+?)".+?<\/embed>/',$result, $match);
echo $match[0];

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by:Loganathan Natarajan
ID: 35473225
great!! works now  i was there. but some syntax error

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