How do I create a string search and replace using regex?

In this example you’ll see how we can create a small search and replace program using the regular expression classes in Java. The code below will replace all the brown words to red.

package org.kodejava.regex;

import java.util.regex.Pattern;
import java.util.regex.Matcher;

public class StringReplace {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String source = "The quick brown fox jumps over the brown lazy dog.";
        String find = "brown";
        String replace = "red";

        // Compiles the given regular expression into a pattern.
        Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(find);

        // Creates a matcher that will match the given input against the
        // pattern.
        Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(source);

        // Replaces every subsequence of the input sequence that matches
        // the pattern with the given replacement string.
        String output = matcher.replaceAll(replace);

        System.out.println("Source = " + source);
        System.out.println("Output = " + output);

The result of the code snippet is:

Source = The quick brown fox jumps over the brown lazy dog.
Output = The quick red fox jumps over the red lazy dog.

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