Create URL Slug from Post Title

Regular expression function that replaces spaces between words with hyphens.

function create_slug($string){
   $slug=preg_replace('/[^A-Za-z0-9-]+/', '-', $string);
   return $slug;
echo create_slug('does this thing work or not');
//returns 'does-this-thing-work-or-not'


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    Maybe you can add a strtolower there?

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    Dalibor Sojic
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    Here is jquery (client side) slug creator.

    $('#title').change(function() {
    // Trim empty space

    $(this).val($(this).val().replace(/\s+/g,' '));
    // replace more then 1 space with only one

    $('#url').val($('#url').val().replace(/\W/g, ' '));
    $('#url').val($('#url').val().replace(/\s+/g, '-'));

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      Micheal Johnson
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      Don’t use a client-side slug creator, as it can be maliciously exploited. If an attacker wants to insert special characters into a slug for whatever reason, they can easily bypass the client-side script and send the malicious slug to the server. If the server doesn’t perform any additional checking/modification on the submitted slug (which if it did then a client-side slug creator isn’t necessary), then the attacker can successfully exploit the server.

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    Benjamin Mayo
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    Stop words are always a nice accompaniment to slug creators,

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    function remove_accent($str)
    $a = array('À','Á','Â','Ã','Ä','Å','Æ','Ç','È','É','Ê','Ë','Ì','Í','Î','Ï','Ð','Ñ','Ò','Ó','Ô','Õ','Ö','Ø','Ù','Ú','Û','Ü','Ý','ß','à','á','â','ã','ä','å','æ','ç','è','é','ê','ë','ì','í','î','ï','ñ','ò','ó','ô','õ','ö','ø','ù','ú','û','ü','ý','ÿ','Ā','ā','Ă','ă','Ą','ą','Ć','ć','Ĉ','ĉ','Ċ','ċ','Č','č','Ď','ď','Đ','đ','Ē','ē','Ĕ','ĕ','Ė','ė','Ę','ę','Ě','ě','Ĝ','ĝ','Ğ','ğ','Ġ','ġ','Ģ','ģ','Ĥ','ĥ','Ħ','ħ','Ĩ','ĩ','Ī','ī','Ĭ','ĭ','Į','į','İ','ı','IJ','ij','Ĵ','ĵ','Ķ','ķ','Ĺ','ĺ','Ļ','ļ','Ľ','ľ','Ŀ','ŀ','Ł','ł','Ń','ń','Ņ','ņ','Ň','ň','ʼn','Ō','ō','Ŏ','ŏ','Ő','ő','Œ','œ','Ŕ','ŕ','Ŗ','ŗ','Ř','ř','Ś','ś','Ŝ','ŝ','Ş','ş','Š','š','Ţ','ţ','Ť','ť','Ŧ','ŧ','Ũ','ũ','Ū','ū','Ŭ','ŭ','Ů','ů','Ű','ű','Ų','ų','Ŵ','ŵ','Ŷ','ŷ','Ÿ','Ź','ź','Ż','ż','Ž','ž','ſ','ƒ','Ơ','ơ','Ư','ư','Ǎ','ǎ','Ǐ','ǐ','Ǒ','ǒ','Ǔ','ǔ','Ǖ','ǖ','Ǘ','ǘ','Ǚ','ǚ','Ǜ','ǜ','Ǻ','ǻ','Ǽ','ǽ','Ǿ','ǿ');
    $b = array('A','A','A','A','A','A','AE','C','E','E','E','E','I','I','I','I','D','N','O','O','O','O','O','O','U','U','U','U','Y','s','a','a','a','a','a','a','ae','c','e','e','e','e','i','i','i','i','n','o','o','o','o','o','o','u','u','u','u','y','y','A','a','A','a','A','a','C','c','C','c','C','c','C','c','D','d','D','d','E','e','E','e','E','e','E','e','E','e','G','g','G','g','G','g','G','g','H','h','H','h','I','i','I','i','I','i','I','i','I','i','IJ','ij','J','j','K','k','L','l','L','l','L','l','L','l','l','l','N','n','N','n','N','n','n','O','o','O','o','O','o','OE','oe','R','r','R','r','R','r','S','s','S','s','S','s','S','s','T','t','T','t','T','t','U','u','U','u','U','u','U','u','U','u','U','u','W','w','Y','y','Y','Z','z','Z','z','Z','z','s','f','O','o','U','u','A','a','I','i','O','o','U','u','U','u','U','u','U','u','U','u','A','a','AE','ae','O','o');
    return str_replace($a, $b, $str);

    function post_slug($str)
    return strtolower(preg_replace(array('/[^a-zA-Z0-9 -]/', '/[ -]+/', '/^-|-$/'), array('', '-', ''), remove_accent($str)));

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    You would need also to remove punctuation symbols:

    $string = preg_replace( '/[«»“”!?,.]+/', '', $string );
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    Asif Iqbal
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    Its quite simple and good. Nice effort I must say.. I had also written one post for ASP Classic for same topic.

    How to: Create SEO Friednly URL in ASP Classic


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    Sudeep Sakalle
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    Excellent post ! very simple and good.

    Thanks for putting it online. Thanks for this special char. removal script. This makes this page very useful.


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    Another equivalent function that make better results :

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    how to make post slug when you language is utf-8 like “xin chào”. i don’t want to change like “xin cho” when i use your function.

    My function like you:

    function remove_accent($str) 
      $a = array('À', 'Á', 'Â', 'Ã', 'Ä', 'Å', 'Æ', 'Ç', 'È', 'É', 'Ê', 'Ë', 'Ì', 'Í', 'Î', 'Ï', 'Ð', 'Ñ', 'Ò', 'Ó', 'Ô', 'Õ', 'Ö', 'Ø', 'Ù', 'Ú', 'Û', 'Ü', 'Ý', 'ß', 'à', 'á', 'â', 'ã', 'ä', 'å', 'æ', 'ç', 'è', 'é', 'ê', 'ë', 'ì', 'í', 'î', 'ï', 'ñ', 'ò', 'ó', 'ô', 'õ', 'ö', 'ø', 'ù', 'ú', 'û', 'ü', 'ý', 'ÿ', 'Ā', 'ā', 'Ă', 'ă', 'Ą', 'ą', 'Ć', 'ć', 'Ĉ', 'ĉ', 'Ċ', 'ċ', 'Č', 'č', 'Ď', 'ď', 'Đ', 'đ', 'Ē', 'ē', 'Ĕ', 'ĕ', 'Ė', 'ė', 'Ę', 'ę', 'Ě', 'ě', 'Ĝ', 'ĝ', 'Ğ', 'ğ', 'Ġ', 'ġ', 'Ģ', 'ģ', 'Ĥ', 'ĥ', 'Ħ', 'ħ', 'Ĩ', 'ĩ', 'Ī', 'ī', 'Ĭ', 'ĭ', 'Į', 'į', 'İ', 'ı', 'IJ', 'ij', 'Ĵ', 'ĵ', 'Ķ', 'ķ', 'Ĺ', 'ĺ', 'Ļ', 'ļ', 'Ľ', 'ľ', 'Ŀ', 'ŀ', 'Ł', 'ł', 'Ń', 'ń', 'Ņ', 'ņ', 'Ň', 'ň', 'ʼn', 'Ō', 'ō', 'Ŏ', 'ŏ', 'Ő', 'ő', 'Œ', 'œ', 'Ŕ', 'ŕ', 'Ŗ', 'ŗ', 'Ř', 'ř', 'Ś', 'ś', 'Ŝ', 'ŝ', 'Ş', 'ş', 'Š', 'š', 'Ţ', 'ţ', 'Ť', 'ť', 'Ŧ', 'ŧ', 'Ũ', 'ũ', 'Ū', 'ū', 'Ŭ', 'ŭ', 'Ů', 'ů', 'Ű', 'ű', 'Ų', 'ų', 'Ŵ', 'ŵ', 'Ŷ', 'ŷ', 'Ÿ', 'Ź', 'ź', 'Ż', 'ż', 'Ž', 'ž', 'ſ', 'ƒ', 'Ơ', 'ơ', 'Ư', 'ư', 'Ǎ', 'ǎ', 'Ǐ', 'ǐ', 'Ǒ', 'ǒ', 'Ǔ', 'ǔ', 'Ǖ', 'ǖ', 'Ǘ', 'ǘ', 'Ǚ', 'ǚ', 'Ǜ', 'ǜ', 'Ǻ', 'ǻ', 'Ǽ', 'ǽ', 'Ǿ', 'ǿ'); 
      $b = array('A', 'A', 'A', 'A', 'A', 'A', 'AE', 'C', 'E', 'E', 'E', 'E', 'I', 'I', 'I', 'I', 'D', 'N', 'O', 'O', 'O', 'O', 'O', 'O', 'U', 'U', 'U', 'U', 'Y', 's', 'a', 'a', 'a', 'a', 'a', 'a', 'ae', 'c', 'e', 'e', 'e', 'e', 'i', 'i', 'i', 'i', 'n', 'o', 'o', 'o', 'o', 'o', 'o', 'u', 'u', 'u', 'u', 'y', 'y', 'A', 'a', 'A', 'a', 'A', 'a', 'C', 'c', 'C', 'c', 'C', 'c', 'C', 'c', 'D', 'd', 'D', 'd', 'E', 'e', 'E', 'e', 'E', 'e', 'E', 'e', 'E', 'e', 'G', 'g', 'G', 'g', 'G', 'g', 'G', 'g', 'H', 'h', 'H', 'h', 'I', 'i', 'I', 'i', 'I', 'i', 'I', 'i', 'I', 'i', 'IJ', 'ij', 'J', 'j', 'K', 'k', 'L', 'l', 'L', 'l', 'L', 'l', 'L', 'l', 'l', 'l', 'N', 'n', 'N', 'n', 'N', 'n', 'n', 'O', 'o', 'O', 'o', 'O', 'o', 'OE', 'oe', 'R', 'r', 'R', 'r', 'R', 'r', 'S', 's', 'S', 's', 'S', 's', 'S', 's', 'T', 't', 'T', 't', 'T', 't', 'U', 'u', 'U', 'u', 'U', 'u', 'U', 'u', 'U', 'u', 'U', 'u', 'W', 'w', 'Y', 'y', 'Y', 'Z', 'z', 'Z', 'z', 'Z', 'z', 's', 'f', 'O', 'o', 'U', 'u', 'A', 'a', 'I', 'i', 'O', 'o', 'U', 'u', 'U', 'u', 'U', 'u', 'U', 'u', 'U', 'u', 'A', 'a', 'AE', 'ae', 'O', 'o'); 
      return str_replace($a, $b, $str); 
    function post_slug($str) 
      return strtolower(preg_replace(array('/[^a-zA-Z0-9 -]/', '/[ -]+/', '/^-|-$/'), 
      array('', '-', ''), remove_accent($str))); 

    Help me make change slug like string: “xin chào.”


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      Vincent Le
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      For Vietnamese language I used this array:

      function remove_accent($str) 
        $a = array(
        $b = array(
        return str_replace($a, $b, $str); 
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    cool tips, but I can restrics duplicate slug

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    For the quick and not-so-dirty way I’ve always used:

    $slug = preg_replace(“/\W+/”,”-“,$text);

    By using \W+ you take care of all non-latin characters.

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    No matter what I need done on a website I’m having trouble with I google what I want and your links never disappoint. Thanks Chris!

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    How can i add a button? So when i click on Auto genrerator frienly url

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    What about the built-in function for this? sanitize_title_with_dashes(); I use it all the time.

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      Rian Ariona
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      sanitize_title_with_dashes() is wordpress function :).

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    My bad! I thought you all were talking about WordPress :) Sorry!

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    Davinder Singh
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    function getSlug($text)
      $text = preg_replace('~[^\\pL\d]+~u', '-', $text);
      $text = trim($text, '-');
      $text = iconv('utf-8', 'us-ascii//TRANSLIT', $text);
      $text = strtolower($text);
      $text = preg_replace('~[^-\w]+~', '', $text);
      if (empty($text))
        return 'n-a';
      return $text;

    100% working

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      my title is बोन कैंसर: जानें, क्यों नहीं नजरअंदाज करना चाहिए इन संकेतों को?
      i want to change into बोन-कैंसर-जानें-क्यों-नही.html
      not working with above code any suggestion.

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    Thanx its really worth and work for me…:p

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    Piotr Alexei
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    Another way to do that simply :

    function text2url($string){
            $table = array(
                'Š'=>'S', 'š'=>'s', 'Đ'=>'Dj', 'đ'=>'dj', 'Ž'=>'Z', 'ž'=>'z', 'Č'=>'C', 'č'=>'c', 'Ć'=>'C', 'ć'=>'c',
                'À'=>'A', 'Á'=>'A', 'Â'=>'A', 'Ã'=>'A', 'Ä'=>'A', 'Å'=>'A', 'Æ'=>'A', 'Ç'=>'C', 'È'=>'E', 'É'=>'E',
                'Ê'=>'E', 'Ë'=>'E', 'Ì'=>'I', 'Í'=>'I', 'Î'=>'I', 'Ï'=>'I', 'Ñ'=>'N', 'Ò'=>'O', 'Ó'=>'O', 'Ô'=>'O',
                'Õ'=>'O', 'Ö'=>'O', 'Ø'=>'O', 'Ù'=>'U', 'Ú'=>'U', 'Û'=>'U', 'Ü'=>'U', 'Ý'=>'Y', 'Þ'=>'B', 'ß'=>'Ss',
                'à'=>'a', 'á'=>'a', 'â'=>'a', 'ã'=>'a', 'ä'=>'a', 'å'=>'a', 'æ'=>'a', 'ç'=>'c', 'è'=>'e', 'é'=>'e',
                'ê'=>'e', 'ë'=>'e', 'ì'=>'i', 'í'=>'i', 'î'=>'i', 'ï'=>'i', 'ð'=>'o', 'ñ'=>'n', 'ò'=>'o', 'ó'=>'o',
                'ô'=>'o', 'õ'=>'o', 'ö'=>'o', 'ø'=>'o', 'ù'=>'u', 'ú'=>'u', 'û'=>'u', 'ý'=>'y', 'ý'=>'y', 'þ'=>'b',
                'ÿ'=>'y', 'Ŕ'=>'R', 'ŕ'=>'r', '/' => '-', ' ' => '-'
            $text2url = strtolower(strtr($string, $table));
            $text2url = preg_replace('#[^0-9a-z]+#i', " ", $text2url);
            $text2url = str_replace(' ','-',trim($text2url));
            return $text2url;
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    Ladislav Janeček
    function slug($nadpis) {
        $url = $nadpis;
        $url = preg_replace('~[^&#092;pL0-9_]+~u', '-', $url);
        $url = trim($url, "-");
        $url = iconv("utf-8", "us-ascii//TRANSLIT", $url);
        $url = strtolower($url);
        $url = preg_replace('~[^-a-z0-9_]+~', '', $url);
        return $url;
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    creating slug in this way is limited to English alphabets. it’s better to first use function explode and space as delimiter to convert to an array and then implode it with optional delimiter.

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    public static function slug($string, $space="-") {
            $string = utf8_encode($string);
            if (function_exists('iconv')) {
                $string = iconv('UTF-8', 'ASCII//TRANSLIT', $string);
        $string = preg_replace("/[^a-zA-Z0-9 \-]/", "", $string);
        $string = trim(preg_replace("/\\s+/", " ", $string));
        $string = strtolower($string);
        $string = str_replace(" ", $space, $string);
        return $string;
    function createPostSlug($url){
        # Prep string with some basic normalization
        $url = strtolower($url);
        $url = strip_tags($url);
        $url = stripslashes($url);
        $url = html_entity_decode($url);
        # Remove quotes (can't, etc.)
        $url = str_replace('\'', '', $url);
        # Replace non-alpha numeric with hyphens
        $url     = trim(preg_replace('/[^a-z0-9]+/', '-', $url), '-');
        return $url;


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    This nice script will handle every aspect. Including removing special characters, and handling different languages

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