Regular Expressions 101

@regex101
Donate
Sponsor
Contact
Bug Reports & Feedback
Wiki
Whats new?

Save & Share

  • Save Regex
    ctrl+s
  • Update Regex
    ctrl+⇧+s

Flavor

  • PCRE2 (PHP >=7.3)
  • PCRE (PHP <7.3)
  • ECMAScript (JavaScript)
  • Python 2.7
  • Golang
  • Java 8

Function

  • Match
  • Substitution
  • List
  • Unit Tests
/
^[a-zA-Z][{1,20}a-zA-Z0-9-_\.]$
/
^ asserts position at start of the string
Match a single character present in the list below
[a-zA-Z]
a-z matches a single character in the range between a (index 97) and z (index 122) (case sensitive)
A-Z matches a single character in the range between A (index 65) and Z (index 90) (case sensitive)
Match a single character present in the list below
[a-zA-Z0-9-_\.]
{1,20} matches the previous token between 1 and 20 times, as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
a-z matches a single character in the range between a (index 97) and z (index 122) (case sensitive)
A-Z matches a single character in the range between A (index 65) and Z (index 90) (case sensitive)
0-9 matches a single character in the range between 0 (index 48) and 9 (index 57) (case sensitive)
- matches the character - literally (case sensitive)
This hyphen is treated literally, which might be confusing for others. Consider escaping it or placing at the start or end of the class!
_ matches the character _ literally (case sensitive)
\. matches the character . literally (case sensitive)
$ asserts position at the end of the string, or before the line terminator right at the end of the string (if any)
Your regular expression does not match the subject string.Try launching the debugger to find out why.

Regular Expression
No Match

/
/

Test String