PHP Check the domain name is valid

Sometimes we need to validate the domain name, and we can easily do it by using regular expression or by using some of the inbuilt functions in PHP. But it does not mean that the domain name is actually registered and working.

To solve this problem I have created a function to validate domain name.

It's a complete validation of the domain name.


  • Adding HTTP if already not in the domain.
  • Validates only HTTP and https in a scheme.
  • Validates URL.
  • Checks A record of the domain name.
  • Validates server header response.
  • Validates the host.
  • Removes www. if you don't want it.


function is_valid_domain($url){

    $validation = FALSE;
    /*Parse URL*/    $urlparts = parse_url(filter_var($url, FILTER_SANITIZE_URL));
    /*Check host exist else path assign to host*/    if(!isset($urlparts['host'])){
        $urlparts['host'] = $urlparts['path'];

       /*Add scheme if not found*/        if (!isset($urlparts['scheme'])){
            $urlparts['scheme'] = 'http';
        /*Validation*/        if(checkdnsrr($urlparts['host'], 'A') && in_array($urlparts['scheme'],array('http','https')) && ip2long($urlparts['host']) === FALSE){ 
            $urlparts['host'] = preg_replace('/^www\./', '', $urlparts['host']);
            $url = $urlparts['scheme'].'://'.$urlparts['host']. "/";            
            if (filter_var($url, FILTER_VALIDATE_URL) !== false && @get_headers($url)) {
                $validation = TRUE;

    echo "Its Invalid Domain Name.";
    echo " $url is a Valid Domain Name.";


//Function Call

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