Oj Obasi
Oj Obasi

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How to make links clickable in block of text using php

We will be building a function that can read urls and make them clickable and open in a new tab with the option of adding a class to style your urls. This can be used even with text returning from the database.

function make_links_clickable($tutorial, $class='', $target='_blank'){
return preg_replace('!((http\:\/\/|ftp\:\/\/|https\:\/\/)|www\.)([-a-zA-Zа-яА-Я0-9\~\!\@\#\$\%\^\&\*\(\)_\-\=\+\\\/\?\.\:\;\'\,]*)?!ism',
'<a class="'.$class.'" href="//$3" target="'.$target.'">$1$3</a>',
$tutorial = make_links_clickable($tutorial, $class='', $target='_blank');

This can be use with ftp, http, ftps and https schemes.
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