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How to Create a Slug in Python with the Re Module


There are a few 3rd party modules that do this sort of thing. But there is a pretty solution using out of the box Python functionality. You don't have to install any dependencies if you use the re module.

import re
text = ' asdfladf ljklasfj 2324@#$@#$@#43-----hi'
print re.sub(r'\W+', '-', text).strip('-')

Which will give you this pretty looking thing


And keep in mind that the strip('-') will remove any preceding or trailing hyphens!

Tagged w/ #python #slugs #re #regex #web development