struct Regex::MatchData

Overview

Regex::MatchData is the type of the special variable $~, and is the type returned by Regex#match and String#match. It encapsulates all the results of a regular expression match.

if md = "Crystal".match(/[p-s]/)
  md.string # => "Crystal"
  md[0]     # => "r"
  md[1]?    # => nil
end

Many Regex::MatchData methods deal with capture groups, and accept an integer argument to select the desired capture group. Capture groups are numbered starting from 1, so that 0 can be used to refer to the entire regular expression without needing to capture it explicitly.

Defined in:

regex/match_data.cr

Instance Method Summary

Instance methods inherited from struct Struct

==(other : self) : Bool ==, hash(hasher) hash, inspect(io : IO) : Nil inspect, pretty_print(pp) : Nil pretty_print, to_s(io) to_s

Instance methods inherited from struct Value

==(other) ==, dup dup

Instance methods inherited from class Object

!=(other) !=, !~(other) !~, ==(other) ==, ===(other : JSON::Any)
===(other : YAML::Any)
===(other)
===
, =~(other) =~, class class, dup dup, hash(hasher)
hash
hash
, inspect(io : IO)
inspect
inspect
, itself itself, not_nil! not_nil!, pretty_inspect(width = 79, newline = "\n", indent = 0) : String pretty_inspect, pretty_print(pp : PrettyPrint) : Nil pretty_print, tap(&block) tap, to_json(io : IO)
to_json
to_json
, to_pretty_json(indent : String = " ")
to_pretty_json(io : IO, indent : String = " ")
to_pretty_json
, to_s
to_s(io : IO)
to_s
, to_yaml(io : IO)
to_yaml
to_yaml
, try(&block) try, unsafe_as(type : T.class) forall T unsafe_as

Constructor methods inherited from class Object

from_json(string_or_io, root : String) : self
from_json(string_or_io) : self
from_json
, from_yaml(string_or_io) : self from_yaml

Instance Method Detail

def ==(other : Regex::MatchData) #

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def [](group_name : String) #

Returns the match of the capture group named by group_name, or raises an KeyError if there is no such named capture group.

"Crystal".match(/r(?<ok>ys)/).not_nil!["ok"] # => "ys"
"Crystal".match(/r(?<ok>ys)/).not_nil!["ng"] # raises KeyError

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def [](n) #

Returns the match of the nth capture group, or raises an IndexError if there is no nth capture group.

"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil![1] # => "ys"
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil![2] # raises IndexError

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def []?(group_name : String) #

Returns the match of the capture group named by group_name, or nil if there is no such named capture group.

"Crystal".match(/r(?<ok>ys)/).not_nil!["ok"]? # => "ys"
"Crystal".match(/r(?<ok>ys)/).not_nil!["ng"]? # => nil

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def []?(n) #

Returns the match of the nth capture group, or nil if there isn't an nth capture group.

When n is 0, returns the match for the entire Regex.

"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil![0]? # => "rys"
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil![1]? # => "ys"
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil![2]? # => nil

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def begin(n = 0) #

Return the position of the first character of the nth match.

When n is 0 or not given, uses the match of the entire Regex. Otherwise, uses the match of the nth capture group.

"Crystal".match(/r/).not_nil!.begin(0)     # => 1
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil!.begin(1) # => 2
"クリスタル".match(/リ(ス)/).not_nil!.begin(0)    # => 1

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def byte_begin(n = 0) #

Return the position of the first byte of the nth match.

When n is 0 or not given, uses the match of the entire Regex. Otherwise, uses the match of the nth capture group.

"Crystal".match(/r/).not_nil!.byte_begin(0)     # => 1
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil!.byte_begin(1) # => 2
"クリスタル".match(/リ(ス)/).not_nil!.byte_begin(0)    # => 3

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def byte_end(n = 0) #

Return the position of the next byte after the match.

When n is 0 or not given, uses the match of the entire Regex. Otherwise, uses the match of the nth capture group.

"Crystal".match(/r/).not_nil!.byte_end(0)     # => 2
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil!.byte_end(1) # => 4
"クリスタル".match(/リ(ス)/).not_nil!.byte_end(0)    # => 9

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def captures #

Returns an array of unnamed capture groups.

It is a difference from #to_a that the result array does not contain the match for the entire Regex (self[0]).

match = "Crystal".match(/(Cr)(?<name1>y)(st)(?<name2>al)/).not_nil!
match.captures # => ["Cr", "st"]

# When this regex has an optional group, result array may contain
# a `nil` if this group is not matched.
match = "Crystal".match(/(Cr)(stal)?/).not_nil!
match.captures # => ["Cr", nil]

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def clone #

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def dup #

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def end(n = 0) #

Return the position of the next character after the match.

When n is 0 or not given, uses the match of the entire Regex. Otherwise, uses the match of the nth capture group.

"Crystal".match(/r/).not_nil!.end(0)     # => 2
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil!.end(1) # => 4
"クリスタル".match(/リ(ス)/).not_nil!.end(0)    # => 3

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def group_size : Int32 #

Returns the number of capture groups, including named capture groups.

"Crystal".match(/[p-s]/).not_nil!.group_size          # => 0
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil!.group_size          # => 1
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)(?<ok>ta)/).not_nil!.group_size # => 2

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def inspect(io : IO) #

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def named_captures #

Returns a hash of named capture groups.

match = "Crystal".match(/(Cr)(?<name1>y)(st)(?<name2>al)/).not_nil!
match.named_captures # => {"name1" => "y", "name2" => "al"}

# When this regex has an optional group, result hash may contain
# a `nil` if this group is not matched.
match = "Crystal".match(/(?<name1>Cr)(?<name2>stal)?/).not_nil!
match.named_captures # => {"name1" => "Cr", "name2" => nil}

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def post_match #

Returns the part of the original string after the match. If the match ends at the end of the string, returns the empty string.

"Crystal".match(/yst/).not_nil!.post_match # => "al"

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def pre_match #

Returns the part of the original string before the match. If the match starts at the start of the string, returns the empty string.

"Crystal".match(/yst/).not_nil!.pre_match # => "Cr"

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def pretty_print(pp) : Nil #

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def regex : Regex #

Returns the original regular expression.

"Crystal".match(/[p-s]/).not_nil!.regex # => /[p-s]/

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def size #

Returns the number of elements in this match object.

"Crystal".match(/[p-s]/).not_nil!.size          # => 1
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)/).not_nil!.size          # => 2
"Crystal".match(/r(ys)(?<ok>ta)/).not_nil!.size # => 3

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def string : String #

Returns the original string.

"Crystal".match(/[p-s]/).not_nil!.string # => "Crystal"

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def to_a #

Convert this match data into an array.

match = "Crystal".match(/(Cr)(?<name1>y)(st)(?<name2>al)/).not_nil!
match.to_a # => ["Crystal", "Cr", "y", "st", "al"]

# When this regex has an optional group, result array may contain
# a `nil` if this group is not matched.
match = "Crystal".match(/(Cr)(?<name1>stal)?/).not_nil!
match.to_a # => ["Cr", "Cr", nil]

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def to_h #

Convert this match data into a hash.

match = "Crystal".match(/(Cr)(?<name1>y)(st)(?<name2>al)/).not_nil!
match.to_h # => {0 => "Crystal", 1 => "Cr", "name1" => "y", 3 => "st", "name2" => "al"}

# When this regex has an optional group, result array may contain
# a `nil` if this group is not matched.
match = "Crystal".match(/(Cr)(?<name1>stal)?/).not_nil!
match.to_h # => {0 => "Cr", 1 => "Cr", "name1" => nil}

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def to_s(io : IO) #

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