How do I use logical OR operator in regex?

You can use the | operator (logical OR) to match characters or expression of either the left or right of the | operator. For example the (t|T) will match either t or T from the input string.

package org.kodejava.example.regex;

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

public class LogicalOrRegexDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Define regex that will search characters 't' or 'T'
        String regex = "(t|T)";

        // Compiles the pattern and obtains the matcher object.
        Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(regex);
        String input = "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog";
        Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(input);

        // Find every match and print it
        while (matcher.find()) {
            System.out.format("Text \"%s\" found at %d to %d.%n",
                matcher.group(), matcher.start(), matcher.end());
        }
    }
}

The program print the following result:

Text "T" found at 0 to 1.
Text "t" found at 31 to 32.

2 Comments

  1. My requirement if t is available in sentence then the out put should be t. If t not available in the sentence then only regex should check for T.

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