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(".*?(?<!\\)")\s*:\s*(".*?(?<!\\)")
/
gm
1st Capturing Group
(".*?(?<!\\)")
" matches the character " with index 3410 (2216 or 428) literally (case sensitive)
.
matches any character (except for line terminators)
*? matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as few times as possible, expanding as needed (lazy)
Negative Lookbehind
(?<!\\)
Assert that the Regex below does not match
\\ matches the character \ with index 9210 (5C16 or 1348) literally (case sensitive)
" matches the character " with index 3410 (2216 or 428) literally (case sensitive)
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v ])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
: matches the character : with index 5810 (3A16 or 728) literally (case sensitive)
\s
matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v ])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
2nd Capturing Group
(".*?(?<!\\)")
" matches the character " with index 3410 (2216 or 428) literally (case sensitive)
.
matches any character (except for line terminators)
*? matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as few times as possible, expanding as needed (lazy)
Negative Lookbehind
(?<!\\)
Assert that the Regex below does not match
\\ matches the character \ with index 9210 (5C16 or 1348) literally (case sensitive)
" matches the character " with index 3410 (2216 or 428) literally (case sensitive)
Global pattern flags
g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)
m modifier: multi line. Causes ^ and $ to match the begin/end of each line (not only begin/end of string)
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gm

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For a full regex reference for PHP, please visit: http://php.net/manual/en/ref.pcre.php