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\s(?<App_Name>\w*(?=\.[exeEXE]{3}( |\z))\.[exeEXE]{3})
/
g
\s matches any whitespace character (equivalent to [\r\n\t\f\v ])
Named Capture Group App_Name
(?<App_Name>\w*(?=\.[exeEXE]{3}( |\z))\.[exeEXE]{3})
\w
matches any word character (equivalent to [a-zA-Z0-9_])
* matches the previous token between zero and unlimited times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
Positive Lookahead
(?=\.[exeEXE]{3}( |\z))
Assert that the Regex below matches
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[exeEXE]
{3} matches the previous token exactly 3 times
exeEXE
matches a single character in the list exEX (case sensitive)
2nd Capturing Group
( |\z)
1st Alternative
matches the character with index 3210 (2016 or 408) literally (case sensitive)
2nd Alternative
\z
\z asserts position at the end of the string
\. matches the character . with index 4610 (2E16 or 568) literally (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[exeEXE]
{3} matches the previous token exactly 3 times
exeEXE
matches a single character in the list exEX (case sensitive)
Global pattern flags
g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)
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/
/
g

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For a full regex reference for PHP, please visit: http://php.net/manual/en/ref.pcre.php