Convert accentuated character to their ASCII equivalent in PHP

bdelespierre profile image Benjamin Delespierre ・1 min read

A a french developer, I often come across non-ASCII characters in user-input data. In order to generate clean, search friendly equivalents, I created the following function that removes the accents while preserving the string integrity.


$str = "À l'île, en été, quelle félicité !";

echo accent2ascii($str); // A l'ile, en ete, quelle felicite

The function

 * Converts accentuated characters (àéïöû etc.) 
 * to their ASCII equivalent (aeiou etc.)
 * @param  string $str
 * @param  string $charset
 * @return string
function accent2ascii(string $str, string $charset = 'utf-8'): string
    $str = htmlentities($str, ENT_NOQUOTES, $charset);

    $str = preg_replace('#&([A-za-z])(?:acute|cedil|caron|circ|grave|orn|ring|slash|th|tilde|uml);#', '\1', $str);
    $str = preg_replace('#&([A-za-z]{2})(?:lig);#', '\1', $str); // pour les ligatures e.g. 'œ'
    $str = preg_replace('#&[^;]+;#', '', $str); // supprime les autres caractères

    return $str;

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$str = "À l'île, en été, quelle félicité !";

var_dump(transliterator_transliterate('NFKC; [:Nonspacing Mark:] Remove; NFKC; Any-Latin; Latin-ASCII', $str));


If the "intl" php extension is not installed or you need something language specific you can also use this package: github.com/voku/portable-ascii