Regular Expressions 101

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Domain validation regex suitable for user input


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This regexp can be used to validate domain names in Golang. While it cannot enforce the 253 character limit (with optional trailing period not included) that can be easily done by a simple len(domain) <= 253 check as well.

This can be used as-is in other languages, even with RE2 regex engine. If positive lookbehind assertions are available, the character limit can be used.

Non-capturing groups are used.

Example validated domains (some may be invalid per TLD rules): _25._tcp.SRV.example punycoded-idna.xn--zckzah under_score.example

Example invalid domains: has easy,typo.example domain.escapes.invalid no_trailing_.invalid -leading-or-trailing-.hyphens.invalid

TLDs have more validation, the following will not validate:

example digit.1example underscore._example_com

but with a trailing period, the same rules as non-TLD are applied:

example. digit.1example. underscore._example_com.

Submitted by Alexander Dupuy - 4 years ago