URL2Link – Detect URL and Convert to Link

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URL2Link() is a function to change an email address or URL or FTP into a clickable HTML hyperlink using eregi_replace().


function URL2Link($text) { 

  $text = eregi_replace('(((f|ht){1}tp://)[-a-zA-Z0-9@:%_\+.~#?&//=]+)', 
    '<a href="\\1">\\1</a>', $text); 
  $text = eregi_replace('([[:space:]()[{}])(www.[-a-zA-Z0-9@:%_\+.~#?&//=]+)', 
    '\\1<a href="http://\\2">\\2</a>', $text); 
  $text = eregi_replace('([_\.0-9a-z-]+@([0-9a-z][0-9a-z-]+\.)+[a-z]{2,3})', 
    '<a href="mailto:\\1">\\1</a>', $text); 
  return $text; 


// Usage 

// Email address example 
$text = "me@svnlabs.com"; 
echo URL2Link($text); 

echo "<br /><br />"; 

// URL example 
$text = "http://www.svnlabs.com"; 
echo URL2Link($text); 

echo "<br /><br />"; 

// FTP URL example 
$text = "ftp://ftp.svnlabs.com"; 
echo URL2Link($text); 


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