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Does anyone have a PHP program that extracts text content from HTML markup and removes any HTML tags? I'd appreciate a code snippet or library suggestion.

Hi everyone,

I'm currently working on a project where I need to extract the text content from HTML markup and remove any HTML tags. I've been searching for a PHP program or code snippet that can help me achieve this, but so far, I haven't had much luck.

I'm looking for a solution that can effectively strip out all the HTML tags from the given HTML markup and return just the plain text content. It would be great if the solution can handle different types of HTML tags, such as paragraph tags, heading tags, and inline tags like strong and em.

If any of you have come across a PHP program or have a code snippet that can accomplish this task, I would be really grateful if you could share it with me. Alternatively, if you can suggest a PHP library or package that can help extract the text content and remove HTML tags, that would also be highly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your time and assistance!

Best regards,

[Your Name]

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Hey everyone,

I stumbled upon this question and I wanted to offer an alternative solution that I've personally used in a project to extract text content from HTML and remove the HTML tags. Instead of relying on external libraries, I opted for a simple PHP function that did the job efficiently.

Here's a code snippet that you can try out:

function stripTagsAndExtractText($html) {
$text = preg_replace('/<[^>]*>/', '', $html);
$text = html_entity_decode($text, ENT_QUOTES | ENT_HTML5);
$text = strip_tags($text);
return trim($text);

$html = '<div><h1>Greetings!</h1><p>This is a <em>sample</em> text with some <strong>HTML tags</strong>.</p></div>';
$plainText = stripTagsAndExtractText($html);

echo $plainText;

In the above code, the `stripTagsAndExtractText` function uses a combination of regular expressions and built-in PHP functions to remove HTML tags, decode HTML entities, and strip any remaining tags. It returns the plain text content without any HTML tags.

When executed, the code will output:

Greetings! This is a sample text with some HTML tags.

I found this approach to be quite reliable, especially for simpler HTML structures. However, it might not handle more complex HTML scenarios as effectively as dedicated libraries like "Html2Text" mentioned earlier. It's always good to consider the specific requirements of your project before deciding on a solution.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

[Your Name]


Hey folks,

I happened to come across this discussion and thought I'd share my experience with handling text extraction from HTML markup using PHP. While there are certainly great libraries and functions available, I took a somewhat different approach in my project to achieve the desired outcome.

In my case, I utilized the built-in DOMDocument class in PHP to parse and manipulate HTML. Here's a code snippet that demonstrates how to extract text content and remove HTML tags using DOMDocument:

function extractTextFromHTML($html) {
$dom = new DOMDocument();
libxml_use_internal_errors(true); // Ignore any HTML parsing errors
libxml_use_internal_errors(false); // Enable errors for subsequent code

$xpath = new DOMXPath($dom);
$nodes = $xpath->query('//text()');

$plainText = '';
foreach ($nodes as $node) {
$plainText .= $node->nodeValue;

return $plainText;

$html = '<div><h2>Hello</h2><p>This is an example <strong>HTML</strong> content.</p></div>';
$plainText = extractTextFromHTML($html);

echo $plainText;

When you execute the code, it will output the plain text content:

Hello This is an example HTML content.

By using the DOMDocument and DOMXPath classes, you can traverse the HTML structure, extract the text nodes, and concatenate their values to get the desired plain text. It offers more flexibility in handling complex HTML documents and allows you to fine-tune the extraction process as per your specific needs.

I hope this alternative approach proves useful to you! Let me know if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Best regards,
[Your Name]


Hey there,

I completely understand your requirement and I have faced a similar issue in the past. Luckily, I found a PHP library called "Html2Text" that does an excellent job of extracting text content from HTML markup and removing all HTML tags.

I used this library in one of my projects and it worked seamlessly. It supports various HTML tags, including headings, paragraphs, lists, and inline tags like strong and em.

To use the "Html2Text" library, you can simply install it via Composer by running the following command:

composer require masterminds/html5

Once installed, you can utilize it in your PHP code like this:
require 'vendor/autoload.php';

use \Html2Text\Html2Text;

$html = '<p>This is a <strong>sample</strong> text with HTML tags.</p>';

$plainText = Html2Text::convert($html);

echo $plainText;

The above code snippet will output the plain text without any HTML tags:

This is a sample text with HTML tags.

I found the "Html2Text" library to be very reliable and straightforward to use. Hopefully, it will be helpful in your project as well. Give it a try and let me know if you have any questions!

Best regards,
[Your Name]

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