How do I remove leading white space from a string?

The trim() method of a String class removes both leading and trailing white space from a string. In this example we use a regular expression to remove only the leading white spaces from a string.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class LeadingSpace {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String text = "     tattarrattat     ";
        System.out.println("Original      = " + text);
        System.out.println("text.length() = " + text.length());

        // Using regular expression to remove only the leading white
        // space in string
        text = text.replaceAll("^\\s+", "");
        System.out.println("Result        = " + text);
        System.out.println("text.length() = " + text.length());
    }
}
Original      =      tattarrattat     
text.length() = 22
Result        = tattarrattat     
text.length() = 17

Wayan Saryada

Programmer, runner, recreational diver, live in the island of Bali, Indonesia. Mostly programming in Java, creating web based application with Spring Framework, Hibernate / JPA.

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