I'm trying to set up a formula to extract data from a URL that is in one of the column B of my Google Sheet.

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I've been tryin use the LEFT formula to extract the data, but the problem is that the string I am trying to extract can be different in size. I couldn't find a formula that can extract between two substrings.

In this example, I want to pull out the Subreddit which occurs in every URL, after the substring: "https://www.reddit.com/r/" and before the ensuing "/". So the output value for C2 would be "AskReddit".

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    – Tedinoz
    May 20, 2022 at 7:30

2 Answers 2


Try with this formula in C2:

=index( regexextract(regexreplace(B2:B,"https://www.reddit.com/r/",""),"([^\/]*)"))


  • Question, why use [/] instead of just \/? Is it just for readability or is there a difference?
    – David Tan
    May 19, 2022 at 0:16
  • I changed my mind ... the previous formula could have some problems
    – Daniele
    May 19, 2022 at 5:58

This is the old-school approach to this problem.



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