Regular Expressions 101

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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

/
/
gm

Test String

Code Generator

Generated Code

$re = '/^[A-Z0-9]+(?:-[A-Z0-9]+)?(?:,[A-Z0-9]+(?:-[A-Z0-9]+)?)*$/m'; $str = '//Valid Values D1 DF2,AB2 D1-2 A1, A2 D1 - 2 1 - FH15 1-R3 1,D2 1,H5,8,S4 1 , H5, 8, S4 1, D2, D6-8, 6-9 1,D2,D6-8,6-9,G2,8 1-D3,TT6-8 1-D3, TT6-8 1-3, VB8, 11-SD13, R15 //Invalid values 1*, 3 ,1,F2 -1-TG3 12-D4, D1-F2- 1- F2- 4 D10,/ 1234s F4-,8 4,-H5 D3-F-G7 D3 - F - G7 4 , - H5 1*,D 12 - D4'; preg_match_all($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