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Request #2393 Can't use parse_url for url validation
Submitted: 1999-09-27 19:06 UTC Modified: 2002-10-01 14:54 UTC
From: bram at guts dot nl Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 3.0.12 OS: Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [1999-09-27 19:06 UTC] bram at guts dot nl
I use parse_url() to validate url's.

But that does not work in my opinion very wel..

$url=parse_url("http://this is no host");
print $url["host"];
print's out :

this is no host

That's not a valid host.

It should be cool if parse_url did some regexp to check.



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 [2001-07-22 17:06 UTC]
 [2002-10-01 14:54 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

as stated in the manual: parse_url() will try to parse even incomplete urls. it is meant for input parsing, not for validation
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