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Title Test Find Pattern Title
Hopefully an all-encompassing expression to validate a URL. Supports an optional protocol, either a domain or IP address, an optional port number and an optional path.
Matches | |
Non-Matches | | ftps://
Author Rating: The rating for this expression. Tom Hartland
Source Combination of patterns from Brad Dobyns (protocol), Brandon Luhring (domain, port and path - slightly altered) and Jerry Schmersahl (IP numbers)
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Title: Good Job Tom
Name: Ronit Passwala
Date: 7/2/2014 7:31:46 AM
I got the exact solution for which I was looking. Awesome regexp submitted. thank you, Tom.

Title: That perl all-encompassing regex from perl doesn't catch port numbers
Name: Steve Webb
Date: 10/6/2009 10:45:51 PM
Randal - So, it's Regexp::Common, not Regex::Common, and it doesn't seem to catch a port number as part of the URL, so it's not really all-encompassing.

Title: Just a tad too restrictive
Name: Andrew Gail
Date: 6/15/2006 10:03:32 AM
Tom, I'm very impressed with this implementation. It does everything I need it to with one exception: http://localhost/ or http://intranetserver/ doesn't give a match. I picked this up when testing it against some of our internal servers, this may not have been a requirement for you however. It is still a good base for me to start tho :)

Title: Constructive Critism
Name: Tom Hartland
Date: 4/14/2005 10:55:59 AM
Randal, I'm open to constructive critism, so if you'd like to provide some I might take note of your comments. The RegEx you have given does not achieve what I set out to make my RegEx achieve. If you actually have a RegEx which provides the functionality that I stated that mine "hopefully" does, then I'd be interested to see it.

Title: Not all encompassing
Name: Randal L. Schwartz
Date: 4/5/2005 11:48:13 AM
The all encompassing regex for an HTTP URI is given by perl -MRegex::Common -le 'print $RE{URI}{HTTP}' and is (?:(?:http)://(?:(?:(?:(?:(?:(?:[a-zA-Z0-9][-a-zA-Z0-9]*)?[a-zA-Z0-9])[.])*(?:[a-zA-Z][-a-zA-Z0-9]*[a-zA-Z0-9]|[a-zA-Z])[.]?)|(?:[0-9]+[.][0-9]+[.][0-9]+[.][0-9]+)))(?::(?:(?:[0-9]*)))?(?:/(?:(?:(?:(?:(?:(?:[a-zA-Z0-9\-_.!~*'():@&=+$,]+|(?:%[a-fA-F0-9][a-fA-F0-9]))*)(?:;(?:(?:[a-zA-Z0-9\-_.!~*'():@&=+$,]+|(?:%[a-fA-F0-9][a-fA-F0-9]))*))*)(?:/(?:(?:(?:[a-zA-Z0-9\-_.!~*'():@&=+$,]+|(?:%[a-fA-F0-9][a-fA-F0-9]))*)(?:;(?:(?:[a-zA-Z0-9\-_.!~*'():@&=+$,]+|(?:%[a-fA-F0-9][a-fA-F0-9]))*))*))*))(?:[?](?:(?:(?:[;/?:@&=+$,a-zA-Z0-9\-_.!~*'()]+|(?:%[a-fA-F0-9][a-fA-F0-9]))*)))?))?)

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