Detect URL from string

Many messaging apps like iMessages and even the forum automatically convert a string into links. For example:

hi check this cool thing out at its cool

should turn into

hi check this cool thing out at <a href=""></a> its cool


var links = []

How would I be able to do that?

Hello there,

Do you have a question?

How would I be able to do that? @Sky020

While we are primarily here to help people with their Free Code Camp progress, we are open to people on other paths, too. Some of what you are asking is pretty trivial in the Free Code Camp context, so you might find that if you’re not getting the instruction and material you need in your current studies, the FCC curriculum will really help you get started. At a modest guess I’d say investing a 4-5 hours working through the curriculum here will really pay off. You can find the curriculum at

With your current questions, we don’t have enough context to know what you already know or don’t know, so it is impossible to guide you without just telling you the answer (which we won’t do).

It is pretty typical on here for people to share a codepen / / jsfiddle example of what they have tried so that anyone helping has more of an idea of what help is actually helpful.

Please provide some example of what you’ve tried and I’m sure you’ll get more help.

Happy coding :slight_smile:


use regex to find and replace with anchor tag

oh, sorry! I’ve started with this, though: @Sky020

You have basically done it, though…

All i did was add this to the HTML:

<div id="myDiv">


And this to the bottom of the JS script:

/* alert(html) */
document.getElementById('myDiv').innerHTML = html;

Hope this helps


Thanks, but works, but not Also, I have no way of knowing if the website starts with www.* or https://* or http://*