How to check if a string is a URL

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Here’s a little snippet to determine if a string is a well structured and considered valid url. This can be useful for pre-empting if a http call will work - or preventing failures from even occurring. In this snippet we’re using a function to tidy this logic and make it reusable.

package main

import (

func main() {
    // = true

    // = false

    // = false

// isValidUrl tests a string to determine if it is a url or not.
func isValidUrl(toTest string) bool {
    _, err := url.ParseRequestURI(toTest)
    if err != nil {
        return false
    } else {
        return true
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Author: Edd Turtle

Edd is the Lead Developer at Hoowla, a prop-tech startup, where he spends much of his time working on production-ready Go and PHP code.

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