preg_match a "shortcode" to create an array with semantic array keys

How would I preg_match the following piece of "shortcode" so that video and align are array keys and their values are what is with in the quotes? [video="123456" align="left"/]


$string='[video="123456" align="left"/]';
$string= preg_replace("/\/|\[|\]/","",$string);
$s = explode(" ",$string);
foreach ($s as $item){
    list( $tag, $value) = explode("=",$item);

Here is another approach using array_combine():

$str = '[video="123456" align="left"/][video="123457" align="right"/]';

preg_match_all('~\[video="(\d+?)" align="(.+?)"/\]~', $str, $matches);

$arr = array_combine($matches[1], $matches[2]);

print_r() output of $arr:

    [123456] => left
    [123457] => right

Alternate solution with named parameters:

$str = '[video="123456" align="left"/][video="123457" align="right"/]';

$matches = array();
preg_match_all('/\[video="(?P<video>\d+?)"\salign="(?P<align>\w+?)"\/\]/', $str, $matches);

for ($i = 0; $i < count($matches[0]); ++ $i)
   print "Video: ".$matches['video'][$i]." Align: ".$matches['align'][$i]."\n";

You could also reuse the previous array_combine solution given by Alix:

print_r(array_combine($matches['video'], $matches['align']));

I don't think there's any (simple) way to do it using a single regex, but this will work in a fairly general way, picking out the tags and parsing them:

$s = 'abc[video="123456" align="left"/]abc[audio="123456" volume="50%"/]abc';

preg_match_all('~\[([^\[\]]+)/\]~is', $s, $bracketed);
$bracketed = $bracketed[1];

$tags = array();
foreach ($bracketed as $values) {
  preg_match_all('~(\w+)\s*=\s*"([^"]+)"~is', $values, $pairs);
  $dict = array();
  for ($i = 0; $i < count($pairs[0]); $i++) {
    $dict[$pairs[1][$i]] = $pairs[2][$i];

  array_push($tags, $dict);


echo '<pre>';
echo '</pre>';


    [0] => Array
            [video] => 123456
            [align] => left

    [1] => Array
            [audio] => 123456
            [volume] => 50%


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