I've almost got this regex working but am having trouble with the leading forward slash - can anyone see where I'm going wrong with this? I just want to extract the first string, "projects" in this example here -> http://regexr.com?300av
The easiest way is to split string using forward slash
var firstString = url.split('/');
and you will have first string, but if you want to extract using regext than this will do, just remember don't add global parameter in your regex.
I hope this helps