Note: PHP also supports regular expressions using a Perl-compatible syntax using the PCRE functions. Those functions support non-greedy matching, assertions, conditional subpatterns, and a number of other features not supported by the POSIX-extended regular expression syntax.
These regular expression functions are not binary-safe. The PCRE functions are.
Regular expressions are used for complex string manipulation in PHP. The functions that support regular expressions are:
Example 1. Regular Expression Examples
For regular expressions in Perl-compatible syntax have a look at the PCRE functions.