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mb_ereg

(PHP 4 >= 4.2.0, PHP 5)

mb_eregRegular expression match with multibyte support

Description

int mb_ereg ( string $pattern , string $string [, array $regs ] )

Executes the regular expression match with multibyte support.

Parameters

pattern

The search pattern.

string

The search string.

regs

Contains a substring of the matched string.

Return Values

Executes the regular expression match with multibyte support, and returns 1 if matches are found. If the optional regs parameter was specified, the function returns the byte length of matched part, and the array regs will contain the substring of matched string. The function returns 1 if it matches with the empty string. If no matches are found or an error happens, FALSE will be returned.

Notes

Note:

The internal encoding or the character encoding specified by mb_regex_encoding() will be used as the character encoding for this function.

See Also

  • mb_regex_encoding() - Returns current encoding for multibyte regex as string
  • mb_eregi() - Regular expression match ignoring case with multibyte support

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pressler at hotmail dot de
2 years ago
Note that mb_ereg() does not support the \uFFFF unicode syntax but uses \x{FFFF} instead:

<?PHP

$text
= 'Peter is a boy.'; // english
$text = 'بيتر هو صبي.'; // arabic
//$text = 'פיטר הוא ילד.'; // hebrew

mb_regex_encoding('UTF-8');

if(
mb_ereg('[\x{0600}-\x{06FF}]', $text)) // arabic range
//if(mb_ereg('[\x{0590}-\x{05FF}]', $text)) // hebrew range
{
    echo
"Text has some arabic/hebrew characters.";
}
else
{
    echo
"Text doesnt have arabic/hebrew characters.";
}

?>
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Riikka K
5 months ago
While hardly mentioned anywhere, it may be useful to note that mb_ereg uses Oniguruma library internally. The syntax for the default mode (ruby) is described here:

http://www.geocities.jp/kosako3/oniguruma/doc/RE.txt
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Jon
5 years ago
Hebrew regex tested on PHP 5, Ubuntu 8.04.
Seems to work fine without the mb_regex_encoding lines (commented out).
Didn't seem to work with \uxxxx (also commented out).

<?php
echo "Line ";
//mb_regex_encoding("ISO-8859-8");
//if(mb_ereg(".*([\u05d0-\u05ea]).*", $this->current_line))
if(mb_ereg(".*([א-ת]).*", $this->current_line))
{
    echo
"has";
}
else
{
    echo
"doesn't have";
}
echo
" Hebrew characters.<br>";   
//mb_regex_encoding("UTF-8");
?>
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