Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   40 times

Can someone show me how to get the youtube id out of a url regardless of what other GET variables are in the URL.

Use this video for example:
So between v= and before the next &



Use parse_url() and parse_str().

(You can use regexes for just about anything, but they are very easy to make an error in, so if there are PHP functions specifically for what you are trying to accomplish, use those.)

parse_url takes a string and cuts it up into an array that has a bunch of info. You can work with this array, or you can specify the one item you want as a second argument. In this case we're interested in the query, which is PHP_URL_QUERY.

Now we have the query, which is v=C4kxS1ksqtw&feature=relate, but we only want the part after v=. For this we turn to parse_str which basically works like GET on a string. It takes a string and creates the variables specified in the string. In this case $v and $feature is created. We're only interested in $v.

To be safe, you don't want to just store all the variables from the parse_url in your namespace (see mellowsoon's comment). Instead store the variables as elements of an array, so that you have control over what variables you are storing, and you cannot accidentally overwrite an existing variable.

Putting everything together, we have:

$url = "";
parse_str( parse_url( $url, PHP_URL_QUERY ), $my_array_of_vars );
echo $my_array_of_vars['v'];    
  // Output: C4kxS1ksqtw

Working example


hehe - thanks Charles. That made me laugh, I've never seen the Zawinski quote before:

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, I’ll use regular expressions.’ Now they have two problems.Jamie Zawinski

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

You need to specify a matching group using brackets in order to extract content.

preg_match("//([^/]+)$/", "5020203010101/FIS/CASH FUND/SBG091241212", $matches);

echo $matches[1];
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

I would not recommend using regular expressions for a task like this.
A simple function to check a string for properly written brackets is quickly written:

* @param $str input string
* @returns boolean true if all brackets are properly opened and closed, false otherwise
function checkBraces($str)
    $strlen = strlen($str); // cache string length for performance
    $openbraces = 0;

    for ($i = 0; $i < $strlen; $i++)
        $c = $str[$i];
        if ($c == '<') // count opening bracket
        if ($c == '>') // count closing bracket

        if ($openbraces < 0) // check for unopened closing brackets
            return false;

    return $openbraces == 0; // check for unclosed open brackets

Using this code as a basis, it shouldn't be too hard to implement a check to verify whether or not the tag name of opening and closing brackets also matches - but I'll leave that to you :-)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Like this:

$link = "";
$video_id = explode("?v=", $link);
$video_id = $video_id[1];

Here is universal solution:

$link = "";
$video_id = explode("?v=", $link); // For videos like
if (empty($video_id[1]))
    $video_id = explode("/v/", $link); // For videos like

$video_id = explode("&", $video_id[1]); // Deleting any other params
$video_id = $video_id[0];

Or just use this regex:

Friday, July 30, 2021
answered 3 Months ago

Using this pattern with a capturing group should give you the string you want:



Saturday, August 14, 2021
answered 2 Months ago
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