PHP port of URLify.js from the Django project. Transliterates non-ascii characters for use in URLs.


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🔗 URLify


Convert any string into an valid and readable string for usage in the url.

This is a PHP port of "URLify.js" from the Django project + fallback via "Portable ASCII". We handles symbols from many languages via an matching-array and others via "ASCII::to_transliterate()".

Install via "composer require"

composer require voku/urlify


namespace: "voku\helper\URLify"

To generate slugs for URLs:

echo URLify::filter(' J\'étudie le français ');
// "J-etudie-le-francais"

echo URLify::filter('Lo siento, no hablo español.');
// "Lo-siento-no-hablo-espanol"

To generate slugs for file names:

echo URLify::filter('фото.jpg', 60, '', true);
// "foto.jpg"

To simply transliterate characters:

echo URLify::downcode('J\'étudie le français');
// "J'etudie le francais"

echo URLify::downcode('Lo siento, no hablo español.');
// "Lo siento, no hablo espanol."

/* Or use transliterate() alias: */

echo URLify::transliterate('Lo siento, no hablo español.');
// "Lo siento, no hablo espanol."

To extend the character list:

  '¿' => '?', '®' => '(r)', '¼' => '1/4',
  '½' => '1/2', '¾' => '3/4', '¶' => 'P'

echo URLify::downcode('¿ ® ½ ¼ ¾ ¶');
// "? (r) 1/2 1/4 3/4 P"

To extend or replace the default replacing list:


echo URLify::filter('¿ ® ½ ¼ ¾ ¶');
// "12-14-34-P"

To extend the list of words to remove for one language:

URLify::remove_words(array('remove', 'these', 'too'), 'de');

To prioritize a certain language map:

echo URLify::filter(' Ägypten und Österreich besitzen wie üblich ein Übermaß an ähnlich öligen Attachés ', 60, 'de');
// "Aegypten-und-Oesterreich-besitzen-wie-ueblich-ein-Uebermass-aehnlich-oeligen-Attaches"
echo URLify::filter('Cağaloğlu, çalıştığı, müjde, lazım, mahkûm', 60, 'tr');
// "Cagaloglu-calistigi-mujde-lazim-mahkum"

Please note that the "ü" is transliterated to "ue" in the first case, whereas it results in a simple "u" in the latter.

Available languages

  • Arabic: 'ar'
  • Austrian (German): 'de_at'
  • Austrian (French): 'fr_at'
  • Azerbaijani: 'az'
  • Bulgarian: 'bg'
  • Burmese: 'by'
  • Croatian: 'hr'
  • Czech: 'cs'
  • Danish: 'da'
  • English: 'en'
  • Esperanto: 'eo'
  • Estonian: 'et'
  • Finnish: 'fi'
  • French: 'fr'
  • Georgian: 'ka'
  • German: 'de'
  • Greek: 'el'
  • Hindi: 'hi'
  • Hungarian: 'hu'
  • Kazakh: 'kk'
  • Latvian: 'lv'
  • Lithuanian: 'lt'
  • Norwegian: 'no'
  • Polish: 'pl'
  • Romanian: 'ro'
  • Russian: 'ru'
  • Serbian: 'sr'
  • Slovak: 'sk'
  • Swedish: 'sv'
  • Switzerland (German): 'de_ch'
  • Switzerland (French): 'fr_ch'
  • Turkish: 'tr'
  • Ukrainian: 'uk'
  • Vietnamese: 'vn'


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  • Thanks to GitHub (Microsoft) for hosting the code and a good infrastructure including Issues-Managment, etc.
  • Thanks to IntelliJ as they make the best IDEs for PHP and they gave me an open source license for PhpStorm!
  • Thanks to Travis CI for being the most awesome, easiest continous integration tool out there!
  • Thanks to StyleCI for the simple but powerfull code style check.
  • Thanks to PHPStan && Psalm for relly great Static analysis tools and for discover bugs in the code!