Peter Peter - 2 years ago 142
Javascript Question

jquery - adding `http://` to string if not present

In my laravel app I process an external URL provided by user. Sometimes user would paste it without the

UI have used this question's answers:
How to check URL contains http using JQuery and RegEx

I tried to use these instructions

var lnk = $('#confirmation_URL').val();
var lnk2 = $('#confirmation_URL').val();

//adding http if not present
// if (lnk && !lnk.match(/^.+:\/\/.*/)) { // produces jQuery error
if (lnk && !lnk.match(/^http([s]?):\/\/.*/)) { // produces jQuery error

var lnk = $('http://' + lnk2);
console.log( "prefix http added successfully" );

When pasting an URL, I get this error:

jquery-2.1.4.min.js:2 Uncaught Error: Syntax error, unrecognized expression: @ jquery-2.1.4.min.js:2ga.tokenize @ @ jquery-2.1.4.min.js:2ga @ jquery-2.1.4.min.js:2n.fn.extend.find @ jquery-2.1.4.min.js:2n.fn.init @ jquery-2.1.4.min.js:2n @ jquery-2.1.4.min.js:2(anonymous function) @ dodaj:1460n.event.dispatch @ jquery-2.1.4.min.js:3r.handle @ jquery-2.1.4.min.js:3

what i tried

The error pops out in console for both jQUery 2.14 and 3.0beta1
Just to test for silly mistakes and exclude potential causes (such as jQUery affecting the original variable) , I created two variables with identical content:

Thank you for your suggestions.

Answer Source

Please try this

$('#confirmation_URL').keyup(function () {
        if (  ($(this).val().length >=5) && ($(this).val().substr(0, 5) != 'http:') && ($(this).val().substr(0, 5) != 'https') ) {
            $(this).val('http://' + $(this).val());
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