Regular Expressions 101

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  • All Tokens
  • Common Tokens
  • General Tokens
  • Anchors
  • Meta Sequences
  • Quantifiers
  • Group Constructs
  • Character Classes
  • Flags/Modifiers
  • Substitution
  • A single character of: a, b or c
    [abc]
  • A character except: a, b or c
    [^abc]
  • A character in the range: a-z
    [a-z]
  • A character not in the range: a-z
    [^a-z]
  • A character in the range: a-z or A-Z
    [a-zA-Z]
  • Any single character
    .
  • Alternate - match either a or b
    a|b
  • Any whitespace character
    \s
  • Any non-whitespace character
    \S
  • Any digit
    \d
  • Any non-digit
    \D
  • Any word character
    \w
  • Any non-word character
    \W
  • Match everything enclosed
    (?:...)
  • Capture everything enclosed
    (...)
  • Zero or one of a
    a?
  • Zero or more of a
    a*
  • One or more of a
    a+
  • Exactly 3 of a
    a{3}
  • 3 or more of a
    a{3,}
  • Between 3 and 6 of a
    a{3,6}
  • Start of string
    ^
  • End of string
    $
  • A word boundary
    \b
  • Non-word boundary
    \B

Regular Expression

~
~
g

Test String

Code Generator

Generated Code

$re = '~(<dependency>\s+<groupId>)(.+)(</groupId>\s+<artifactId>)(.+)(</artifactId>\s+<version>)([^\$]+?)(</version>[\s\S]*?\s+</dependency>)~'; $str = ' <dependency> <groupId>org.example.one</groupId> <artifactId>example1</artifactId> <version>1.2.3</version> </dependency> <dependency> <groupId>org.example.two</groupId> <artifactId>example2</artifactId> <version>${example2.version}</version> </dependency> <dependency> <groupId>org.example.three</groupId> <artifactId>example3</artifactId> <version>1.2.3</version> <scope>test</scope> </dependency> <dependency> <groupId>org.example.four</groupId> <artifactId>example4</artifactId> <version>${example4.version}</version> <scope>test</scope> </dependency> <dependency> <groupId>org.example.five</groupId> <artifactId>example5</artifactId> <version>1.2.3</version> <scope>test</scope> <exclusions> <exclusion> <artifactId>*</artifactId> <groupId>*</groupId> </exclusion> </exclusions> </dependency> <dependency> <groupId>org.example.six</groupId> <artifactId>example6</artifactId> <version>${example6.version}</version> <scope>test</scope> <exclusions> <exclusion> <artifactId>*</artifactId> <groupId>*</groupId> </exclusion> </exclusions> </dependency>'; preg_match_all($re, $str, $matches, PREG_SET_ORDER, 0); // Print the entire match result var_dump($matches);

Please keep in mind that these code samples are automatically generated and are not guaranteed to work. If you find any syntax errors, feel free to submit a bug report. For a full regex reference for PHP, please visit: http://php.net/manual/en/ref.pcre.php