Remove specific HTML tags using PHP

There are times when you want to remove a specific HTML tag from an HTML block of text.

This could be an anchor(<a/>>) or an image(<img/>) perhaps.

You can use preg_replace to do this quite quickly and efficiently.

Remove an anchor:

$content = "Sample text <a href='#'>Our anchor</a>. Etc etc";
$content = preg_replace('/<\/?a&#91;^>]*>/','',$content);
//$content is now -> "Sample text. Etc etc";

Remove an image:

$content = "Sample text <img src='our_image.jpg' />. Etc etc";
$content = preg_replace('/<\/?a&#91;^>]*>/','',$content);
//$content is now -> "Sample text. Etc etc";
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Christopher Allen-Poole
Christopher Allen-Poole
7 years ago

OR, you can use strip_tags, which is the function that was actually *designed* for that purpose. Using regex for XML/HTML parsing is ill conceived.