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  • 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
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Test String

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Generated Code

import java.util.regex.Matcher; import java.util.regex.Pattern; public class Example { public static void main(String[] args) { final String regex = "(?:^|\\b)(?<number>(?:\\d+|\\d{1,3}(?:,\\d{3})+)(?:\\.\\d+)?)(?<replace> ?|&[^;]{2,7};)(?<dimensions>(?<mathjax>\\$[^\\n\\$]+\\$)|(?<unit>(?<si>(?!as)(?:[QRYZEPTGMkhdcmµnpfazyrq]|da)?(?:mol|cd|Hz|Pa|Wb|lm|lx|Bq|Gy|Sv|kat|[mgsAKNJWCVFΩSTHL]))|(?<imperial>mil|P|in|ft|yd|mi|le|ftm|nmi|oz|lbs?|t|tsp|tbsp|c|fl oz|pt|qt|gal|(?:sq|cu) ?(?:in|ft|yd|mi)|ft-lbf?|lbf?-ft|deg|Btu|psi|Ly)|(?<common>mph|kph|rad|sr)|(?<binary>(?:(?:[KMGTPEZY])i?)?B)))(?=\\b|$| |[.,:;()\\[\\]\\{\\}=/*+—–-])"; final String string = "I have a 30 $m^2$ pumpernickle\n" + "More precisely it's 29.87$m^2$.\n" + "Traveling over 4,000 km, to where once there was\n" + "...in the year 2016 as a new method of...\n" + "He crashed at 50mph\n" + "They collided at speeds of over 200m/s\n" + "The reading is 2kHz.\n" + "The range is 20kHz–1MHz (1,000.3 kHz).\n" + "Just 4M words at 30MB."; final String subst = "$<number>&#x202f;$<dimensions>"; final Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(regex, Pattern.MULTILINE); final Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(string); // The substituted value will be contained in the result variable final String result = matcher.replaceAll(subst); System.out.println("Substitution result: " + result); } }

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 Java, please visit: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/java/util/regex/Pattern.html