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A URL slug creation and sanitisation library for PHP, simply feed it a string (such as a blog title) and it will create a URL friendly slug.


This library is developed for PHP 5.3+

This library is unit tested against PHP 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4!


This client library is released under the MIT license, a copy of the license is provided in this package.


I highly recommend the use of Composer when installing and using this library, it is not mandatory however and you can use a provided 'include' script to load in this library if required.


Add this dependency to your project by running:

composer require ballen/sluginator


You can use the library "standalone" by downloading it from the GitHub releases section, extracting the files to a place on your server and then adding the "include" into your code like so:

require_once 'path/to/Sluginator/lib/Slug.php';


use Ballen\Sluginator\Slug;

$slug = new Slug('My awesomely *wickid* example title!!!');

echo $slug;

The output will be my-awesomely-wickid-example-title.

The library also contains other useful methods to enable you to:

  • Specify characters of which should be removed from the string, by default a healthy set of non-url characters are removed.
  • Specify a different space replacement character (by default this is a hyphen '-').
  • Output the slug with or without URL encoding (disabled by default as not required).
  • Force output as all lowercase character (default is 'true').

Here is an example using a few extra settings:

use Ballen\Sluginator\Slug;

$slug = new Slug('My awesomely *wickid* example title!!!');


echo $slug->getSlug();

In the above example we have request that the slug character case remains untouched and instead of splitting spaces with a hyphen (-) we will instead replace them with underscore characters (_) instead.

Tests and coverage

This library is fully unit tested using PHPUnit.

I use TravisCI for continuous integration, which triggers the unit tests each time a commit is pushed.

If you wish to run the tests yourself you should run the following:

# Install the Sluginator Library with the 'development' packages this then including PHPUnit!
composer install

# Now we run the unit tests (from the root of the project) like so:

Code coverage can also be ran but requires XDebug installed...

./vendor/bin/phpunit --coverage-html ./report


I am happy to provide support via. my personal email address, so if you need a hand drop me an email at:


A simple URL slug creation library.




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