Got some text to munge?

Don't hurt your wrists. Use a regular expression!


Use $& on the replace side to insert the string you just matched.
Input: The cat sat, Find: cat, Replace: -$&-, Output: The -cat- sat
Parenthesis () define a capture group. Refer to them in Replace with $1 $2 etc, or in Find with \1 \2 etc.
Input: check the category, Find: (cat)egory, Replace: $1alog, Output: check the catalog
(cat)\1\1 matches catcatcat
Parenthesis beginning with question colon (?:) don't affect $1 or \1 etc. They are useful with quantifiers.
Input: check the category, Find: (?:cat)egory, Replace: $1alog, Output: check the $1alog
cat(?:egory)? matches cat or category
The pipe | matches either what's on its left or what's on its right.
cat|dog|cow matches cat or dog or cow


Curly braces {} define the minimum and maximum times to match whatever precedes them.
(?:cat){1,2} matches cat or catcat
Omit the second number to allow infinite matches
(?:cat){2,} matches two or more repetitions of cat

Shortcut Quantifiers


Character Classes

Square brackets [] define a class of matchable characters.
[abc] matches a, b, or c.
Hyphens inside square brackets define ranges.
[a-zA-Z] matches all lower and upper case letters.
A caret ^ at the beginning negates the character class.
[^abc] matches anything but a, b, or c.

Shortcut Character Classes

Any Character
White Space
Letter or Digit
Word Boundary
Newline (enter)


To use a special character literally, precede it with a backslash
5\+5\*2=15\? matches 5+5*2=10?
To use $ in the Replace field, use two $s.
Input: 5 dollars, Find: (\d+) dollars, Replace: $$$1, Output: $5