If you are unsure of your PHP version you can run php -v from the command line if you have command line PHP installed, or create a PHP file with the following contents and navigate to it using your web browser: There is a lot of debate about whether using a regular expression is a good idea when doing URL validation.
Bear in mind that both methods have their own strengths and weaknesses. The objective of this article is to recommend the best possible way of validating URLs based on available choices and results. Finally, if you need to measure the overall performance of the validating function, you can simply average both %slippage and %overjudgement.
This validator checks the markup validity of Web documents in HTML, XHTML, SMIL, Math ML, etc.
If you wish to validate specific content such as RSS/Atom feeds or CSS stylesheets, Mobile OK content, or to find broken links, there are other validators and tools available.
To clarify, I’m looking for a decent regular expression to validate URLs that were entered as user input with.
I have no interest in parsing a list of URLs from a given string of text (even though some of the regexes on this page are capable of doing that). /(((http|ftp|https):\/) (([0-9a-z_-] \.) (aero|asia|biz|cat|com|coop|edu|gov|info|int|jobs|mil|mobi|museum|name|net|org|pro|tel|travel|ac|ad|ae|af|ag|ai|al|am|an|ao|aq|ar|as|at|au|aw|ax|az|ba|bb|bd|be|bf|bg|bh|bi|bj|bm|bn|bo|br|bs|bt|bv|bw|by|bz|ca|cc|cd|cf|cg|ch|ci|ck|cl|cm|cn|co|cr|cu|cv|cx|cy|cz|cz|de|dj|dk|dm|do|dz|ec|ee|eg|er|es|et|eu|fi|fj|fk|fm|fo|fr|ga|gb|gd|ge|gf|gg|gh|gi|gl|gm|gn|gp|gq|gr|gs|gt|gu|gw|gy|hk|hm|hn|hr|ht|hu|id|ie|il|im|in|io|iq|ir|is|it|je|jm|jo|jp|ke|kg|kh|ki|km|kn|kp|kr|kw|ky|kz|la|lb|lc|li|lk|lr|ls|lt|lu|lv|ly|ma|mc|md|me|mg|mh|mk|ml|mn|mn|mo|mp|mr|ms|mt|mu|mv|mw|mx|my|mz|na|nc|ne|nf|ng|ni|nl|no|np|nr|nu|nz|nom|pa|pe|pf|pg|ph|pk|pl|pm|pn|pr|ps|pt|pw|py|qa|re|ra|rs|ru|rw|sa|sb|sc|sd|se|sg|sh|si|sj|sj|sk|sl|sm|sn|so|sr|st|su|sv|sy|sz|tc|td|tf|tg|th|tj|tk|tl|tm|tn|to|tp|tr|tt|tv|tw|tz|ua|ug|uk|us|uy|uz|va|vc|ve|vg|vi|vn|vu|wf|ws|ye|yt|yu|za|zm|zw|arpa)(:[0-9] )?