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Making Text Urls Clickable In A Div

I'm trying to make url's clickable in my react application. My current approach is as follows.

render() {

  function urlify(text) {
    var urlRegex = /(https?:\/\/[^\s]+)/g;
    return text.replace(urlRegex, function(url) {
      return '<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer" href="' + url + '">' + '</a>';
    })
  }

  const headingAvailable = (
    <span className="home_post_text">{urlify(postData.heading)}</span>
  );

  return (
    <div className="home_post_sections sec2 unchange_div">{headingAvailable}</div>
  );
}

But i cannot get this to work correctly.

For example :

if my text is something like this

this is a good song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9wBXC3aZ_I&index=8&list=RDxuAH21DkJow

My text is converted to something like this

this is a good song <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9wBXC3aZ_I&index=8&list=RDxuAH21DkJow"></a>

How can i fix this ?

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Answer

React escapes html tags in strings by default, in order to prevent XSS security flaws.

You need to return an a component, something like that:

render() {

  function urlify(text) {
    const urlRegex = /(https?:\/\/[^\s]+)/g;
    return text.split(urlRegex)
       .map(part => {
          if(part.match(urlRegex)) {
             return <a href={part}>{part}</a>;
          }
          return part;
       });
  }

  const headingAvailable = (
    <span className="home_post_text">{urlify(postData.heading)}</span>
  );

  return (
    <div className="home_post_sections sec2 unchange_div">{headingAvailable}</div>
  );
}

class Hello extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    super(props);
    this.text = 'this is a good song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9wBXC3aZ_I&index=8&list=RDxuAH21DkJow';
  }

  urlify(text) {
    const urlRegex = /(https?:\/\/[^\s]+)/g;
    return text.split(urlRegex)
      .map(part => {
        if (part.match(urlRegex)) {
          return <a href={part} key={part}> {part} </a>;
        }
        return part;
      });
  }

  render() {
    return <div> {this.urlify(this.text)} </div>;
  }
}

ReactDOM.render( <
  Hello name = "World" / > ,
  document.getElementById('container')
);
<script src="https://unpkg.com/[email protected]/umd/react.development.js"></script>
<script src="https://unpkg.com/[email protected]/umd/react-dom.development.js"></script>
<div id="container">
  <!-- This element's contents will be replaced with your component. -->
</div>

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source: stackoverflow.com
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