Php – regexp for finding everything between and tags

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I'm trying to find a way to make a list of everything between <a> and </a> tags. So I have a list of links and I want to get the names of the links (not where the links go, but what they're called on the page). Would be really helpful to me.

Currently I have this:

$lines = preg_split("/\r?\n|\r/", $content);  // content is the given page
foreach ($lines as $val) {
  if (preg_match("/(<A(.*)>)(<\/A>)/", $val, $alink)) {     
    $newurl = $alink[1];

    // put in array of found links
    $links[$index] = $newurl;
    $index++;
    $is_href = true;
  }
}

Best Solution

The standard disclaimer applies: Parsing HTML with regular expressions is not ideal. Success depends on the well-formedness of the input on a character-by-character level. If you cannot guarantee this, the regex will fail to do the Right Thing at some point.

Having said that:

<a\b[^>]*>(.*?)</a>   // match group one will contain the link text