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Remove all the HTML tags and display a plain text only inside (in case XML is not well formed)

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18 Feb 2012CPOL1 min read
Remove HTML and get a plain text from inside


I was encouraged to write this Tip/Trick because of so many questions received for this issue.

Suppose you're having a bunch of HTML strings, but you just want to remove all the HTML tags and want a plain text.

You can use REGEX to come to the rescue.

The Regex I had developed before was more cumbersome, then Chris made a suggestion, so I will now go further with the regex suggested by Chris that is a "\<[^\>]*\>".
I have tested it for many cases. It detects all types of HTML tags, but there may be loopholes inside so if you find any tags which are not passing through this Regex, then kindly inform me about the same.

Regex Definition

  • Regex :\<[^\>]*\>

    • Literal >
    • Any character that NOT in this class:[\>], any number of repetations
    • Literal >


string ss = "<b><i>The tag is about to be removed</i></b>";
        Regex regex = new Regex("\\<[^\\>]*\\>");
        Response.Write(String.Format("<b>Before:</b>{0}", ss)); // HTML Text
        ss = regex.Replace(ss, String.Empty);
        Response.Write(String.Format("<b>After:</b>{0}", ss));// Plain Text as a OUTPUT

Program understanding

The above program just finds the matched Regex string and replaces the same with an empty string. Suppose you have an HTML String like "<li>Hiren</li>", then it will just output the string with simple "Hiren" as a PlainText.

Above sample Program OUTPUT

INPUT String : The tag is about to be removed
OUTPUT String : The tag is about to be removed


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Comments and Discussions

Questionbug Pin
Dileep M14-Mar-19 18:05
MemberDileep M14-Mar-19 18:05 
QuestionHow to remove blank tags Pin
Khalas Dharmesh26-Jun-18 19:22
MemberKhalas Dharmesh26-Jun-18 19:22 
QuestionI wish I had 4 hands - I'd give you 4 thumbs Up. Pin
237412-Dec-15 2:33
Member237412-Dec-15 2:33 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Md Kamal Azhar19-Aug-15 1:10
MemberMd Kamal Azhar19-Aug-15 1:10 
GeneralReason for my vote of 2 Doesn't work on tags that are over o... Pin
Corvus Corax24-Jan-11 18:25
MemberCorvus Corax24-Jan-11 18:25 
GeneralReason for my vote of 1 Not secure or robust. See alternati... Pin
KevinAG17-Jan-11 14:19
MemberKevinAG17-Jan-11 14:19 
GeneralThanks Pranay & suman. Pin
Hiren solanki21-Dec-10 21:43
MemberHiren solanki21-Dec-10 21:43 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 good one Pin
Pranay Rana21-Dec-10 20:58
professionalPranay Rana21-Dec-10 20:58 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Nice article. Pin
rp_suman20-Dec-10 6:53
Memberrp_suman20-Dec-10 6:53 
GeneralThanks Eswa. Pin
Hiren solanki19-Dec-10 20:18
MemberHiren solanki19-Dec-10 20:18 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Good Tip. Thanks Hiren. Pin
TweakBird18-Dec-10 1:49
MemberTweakBird18-Dec-10 1:49 
GeneralThanks! Pin
Dr.Walt Fair, PE16-Dec-10 13:11
professionalDr.Walt Fair, PE16-Dec-10 13:11 
GeneralThanks Chris, I updated my TIP with provided suggestion. Pin
Hiren solanki15-Dec-10 19:36
MemberHiren solanki15-Dec-10 19:36 
General@Chris thanks for your wild suggestion, The regex you provid... Pin
Hiren solanki15-Dec-10 19:21
MemberHiren solanki15-Dec-10 19:21 
Generala) This is fine for a single line, but will not do anything ... Pin
Chris Maunder15-Dec-10 19:08
cofounderChris Maunder15-Dec-10 19:08 
GeneralGood programmatic solution. 5 Pin
DrABELL17-Dec-10 6:23
MemberDrABELL17-Dec-10 6:23 
GeneralRe: Good programmatic solution. 5 Pin
Hiren solanki19-Dec-10 18:54
MemberHiren solanki19-Dec-10 18:54 

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