si458 si458 - 1 year ago 129
PHP Question

how to get string outside brackets within brackets regex

I need help trying to get regex to work with double brackets

currently i have this for the regex


that allows me to get everything inside a bracket,

HOWEVER my string has double brackets


the output I get is


is the a way of getting the full bracket including the bracket inside?

Answer Source

Keeping things nice and simple. A greedy match should do the trick:


the .+ will match any character, but it'll stop at the last ], so the match will be "DATA1[OTHERDATA]RUBBISH"


Breakdown is really simple:

  • \[: Matches literal [
  • (.+): Match (and capture) all characters - including opening and closing brackets
  • \]: Match literal ]

Regardless of how many nested brackets you have the results are the same:

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