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How to slugify a string in PHP?


This page explains how to convert a string to slug in PHP. Slugifying is the action of converting a string into a valid URL (a slug). For example : le blog à Lulu will become le-blog-a-lulu.

PHP source code

The following function converts a string into a slug:

// Slugify a string
function slugify($text)
    // Strip html tags
    // Replace non letter or digits by -
    $text = preg_replace('~[^\pL\d]+~u', '-', $text);
    // Transliterate
    setlocale(LC_ALL, 'en_US.utf8');
    $text = iconv('utf-8', 'us-ascii//TRANSLIT', $text);
    // Remove unwanted characters
    $text = preg_replace('~[^-\w]+~', '', $text);
    // Trim
    $text = trim($text, '-');
    // Remove duplicate -
    $text = preg_replace('~-+~', '-', $text);
    // Lowercase
    $text = strtolower($text);
    // Check if it is empty
    if (empty($text)) { return 'n-a'; }
    // Return result
    return $text;

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Last update : 04/13/2019