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Common Regex
Perl and PHP Regular Expressions
PHP regexes are based on the PCRE (Perl-Compatible Regular Expressions), so any regexp that works for one should be compatible with the other or any other language that makes use of the PCRE format. Here are some commonly needed regular expressions for both PHP and Perl. Each regex will be in string format and will include delimiters.
All Major Credit Cards
This regular expression will validate all major credit cards: American Express (Amex), Discover, Mastercard, and Visa.
//All major credit cards regex
'/^(?:4[0-9]{12}(?:[0-9]{3})?|5[1-5][0-9]{14}|6011[0-9]{12}|622((12[6-9]|1[3-9][0-9])|([2-8][0-9][0-9])|(9(([0-1][0-9])|(2[0-5]))))[0-9]{10}|64[4-9][0-9]{13}|65[0-9]{14}|3(?:0[0-5]|[68][0-9])[0-9]{11}|3[47][0-9]{13})*$/'
Alpha-Numeric Characters
Test for alpha-numeric characters with this regexp.
//Alpha-numeric characters only
'/^[a-zA-Z0-9]*$/'
Alpha-Numeric Characters With Spaces
Test for alpha-numeric characters and spaces with this regexp.
//Alpha-numeric characters with spaces only
'/^[a-zA-Z0-9 ]*$/'
Alphabetic Characters
This regex will test for alphabetic characters only (upper and lowercase).
//Alphabetic characters only
'/^[a-zA-Z]*$/'
American Express Credit Card
Verify Amex credit cards with this regexp.
//Amex credit card regex
'/^(3[47][0-9]{13})*$/'
Australian Postal Codes
If you need to verify Australian Postal Codes, use this regular expression.
//Australian Postal Codes
'/^((0[289][0-9]{2})|([1345689][0-9]{3})|(2[0-8][0-9]{2})|(290[0-9])|(291[0-4])|(7[0-4][0-9]{2})|(7[8-9][0-9]{2}))*$/'
Canadian Postal Codes
Tests for valid Canadian Postal Codes.
//Canadian Postal Codes
'/^([ABCEGHJKLMNPRSTVXY][0-9][A-Z] [0-9][A-Z][0-9])*$/'
Canadian Provinces
Evaluate Canadian province abbreviations with this regular expression.
//Canadian Province Abbreviations
'/^(?:AB|BC|MB|N[BLTSU]|ON|PE|QC|SK|YT)*$/'
Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
Validate the calendar date in MM/DD/YYYY format with this regex. Optional separators are spaces, hyphens, forward slashes, and periods. The year is limited between 1900 and 2099.
//Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
'/^((0?[1-9]|1[012])[- /.](0?[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])[- /.](19|20)?[0-9]{2})*$/'
Date (YYYY/MM/DD)
Validate the calendar date in YYYY/MM/DD format with this regex. Optional separators are spaces, hyphens, forward slashes, and periods. The year is limited between 1900 and 2099.
//Date (YYYY/MM/DD)
'#^((19|20)?[0-9]{2}[- /.](0?[1-9]|1[012])[- /.](0?[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01]))*$#'
Digits
This regex will test for digits (whole numbers).
//Digits only
'/^[0-9]*$/'
Diner's Club Credit Card
Test and verify Diner's Club credit card numbers with this regexp.
//Diner's Club credit card regex
'/^(3(?:0[0-5]|[68][0-9])[0-9]{11})*$/'
Emails
This email regex is not fully RFC5322-compliant, but it will validate most common email address formats correctly.
//Email regex
'/^([a-zA-Z0-9._%-]+@[a-zA-Z0-9.-]+\.[a-zA-Z]{2,4})*$/'
IP Addresses
Test IP Addresses with this regular expression.
//IP address regex
'/^((?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.){3}(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?))*$/'
Lowercase Alphabetic Characters
This regex will test for lowercase letters.
//Lowercase letters only
'/^([a-z])*$/'
MasterCard Credit Card
Verify MasterCard credit card numbers with this regex.
//MasterCard credit card numbers
'/^(5[1-5][0-9]{14})*$/'
Passwords
Test for a strong password with this regex. The password must contain one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, one number, and be at least 6 characters long.
//Password regex
'/^(?=^.{6,}$)((?=.*[A-Za-z0-9])(?=.*[A-Z])(?=.*[a-z]))^.*$/'
Phone Numbers (North American)
This regex will validate a 10-digit North American telephone number. Separators are not required, but can include spaces, hyphens, or periods. Parentheses around the area code are also optional.
//Phone number regex
'/^((([0-9]{1})*[- .(]*([0-9]{3})[- .)]*[0-9]{3}[- .]*[0-9]{4})+)*$/'
Social Security Numbers
If you need to validate US Social Security Numbers, use this regular expression
//SSN regex
'/^([0-9]{3}[-]*[0-9]{2}[-]*[0-9]{4})*$/'
UK Postal Codes
This regexp verifies UK Postal Codes.
//UK Postal Codes regex
'/^([A-Z]{1,2}[0-9][A-Z0-9]? [0-9][ABD-HJLNP-UW-Z]{2})*$/'
Uppercase Alphabetic Characters
This regex will test for uppercase letters.
//Uppercase letters only
'/^([A-Z])*$/'
URLs
This URL regex will validate most common URL formats correctly.
//URL regex
'/^(((http|https|ftp):\/\/)?([[a-zA-Z0-9]\-\.])+(\.)([[a-zA-Z0-9]]){2,4}([[a-zA-Z0-9]\/+=%&_\.~?\-]*))*$/'
US States
Validate all 2-letter US State abbreviates with this regular expression.
//US States regex
'/^(?:A[KLRZ]|C[AOT]|D[CE]|FL|GA|HI|I[ADLN]|K[SY]|LA|M[ADEINOST]|N[CDEHJMVY]|O[HKR]|PA|RI|S[CD]|T[NX]|UT|V[AT]|W[AIVY])*$/'
US ZIP Codes
This regexp verifies US ZIP Codes, with an optional 4 number ZIP code extension.
//US ZIP Codes regex
'/^([0-9]{5}(?:-[0-9]{4})?)*$/'
Visa Credit Card
Verify Visa credit card numbers with this regex.
//Visa credit card numbers
'/^(4[0-9]{12}(?:[0-9]{3})?)*$/'
JavaScript Regular Expressions
The JavaScript version of regex is a slightly different flavor than the PCRE variety, so I've included those regexes in a separate section.
All Major Credit Cards
This regular expression will validate all major credit cards: American Express (Amex), Discover, Mastercard, and Visa. Note that it is not quite as precise as its counterpart Perl and PHP regex.
//All major credit cards JavaScript regex
'^(?:4[0-9]{12}(?:[0-9]{3})?|5[1-5][0-9]{14}|6011[0-9]{12}|3(?:0[0-5]|[68][0-9])[0-9]{11}|3[47][0-9]{13})$'
Alpha-Numeric Characters
Test for alpha-numeric characters with this regexp.
//JavaScript alpha-numeric characters only
'^[a-zA-Z0-9]+$'
Alphabetic Characters
This regex will test for alphabetic characters only (upper and lowercase).
//JavaScript Alphabetic characters only
'^[a-zA-Z]+$'
Canadian Postal Codes
Tests for valid Canadian Postal Codes.
//JavaScript Canadian Postal Codes
'^[ABCEGHJKLMNPRSTVXY][0-9][A-Z] [0-9][A-Z][0-9]$'
Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
Validate the calendar date in MM/DD/YYYY format with this regex. Optional separators are spaces, hyphens, forward slashes, and periods. The year is limited between 1900 and 2099.
//JavaScript Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
'^(0?[1-9]|1[012])[- /.](0?[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])[- /.](19|20)?[0-9]{2}$'
Date (YYYY/MM/DD)
Validate the calendar date in YYYY/MM/DD format with this regex. Optional separators are spaces, hyphens, forward slashes, and periods. The year is limited between 1900 and 2099.
//JavaScript Date (YYYY/MM/DD)
'^(19|20)?[0-9]{2}[- /.](0?[1-9]|1[012])[- /.](0?[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])$'
Digits
This regex will test for digits (whole numbers).
//JavaScript digits only
'^[0-9]+$'
Emails
This email regex is not fully RFC5322-compliant, but it will validate most common email address formats correctly.
//JavaScript email regex
'^[a-zA-Z0-9._%-]+@[a-zA-Z0-9.-]+\.[a-zA-Z]{2,4}$'
Passwords
Test for a strong password with this regex. The password must contain one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, one number, and be at least 6 characters long.
//JavaScript Password regex
"(?=^.{6,}$)((?=.*[A-Za-z0-9])(?=.*[A-Z])(?=.*[a-z]))^.*"
Phone Numbers (North American)
This regex will validate a 10-digit North American telephone number. Separators are not required, but can include spaces, hyphens, or periods. Parentheses around the area code are also optional.
//JavaScript phone number regex
'^(([0-9]{1})*[- .(]*([0-9]{3})[- .)]*[0-9]{3}[- .]*[0-9]{4})+$'
URLs
This URL regex will validate most common URL formats correctly.
//JavaScript URL regex
'^((http|https|ftp)://)?([[a-zA-Z0-9]\-\.])+(\.)([[a-zA-Z0-9]]){2,4}([[a-zA-Z0-9]/+=%&_\.~?\-]*)$'
US ZIP Codes
This regexp verifies US ZIP Codes, with an optional 4 number ZIP code extension.
//JavaScript US ZIP Codes regex
'^[0-9]{5}(?:-[0-9]{4})?$'
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@mfaye1 mfaye1 commented Jan 24, 2017

thank you we need these regex

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@evionce evionce commented Jul 5, 2017

time saver, thank you!

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@meaghanconroy meaghanconroy commented Jul 28, 2017

This is AMAZING, thanks for making this!

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@mkalup mkalup commented Aug 1, 2020

Very useful. Thanks

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