scan - ruby string match regex




Match all occurrences of a regex (2)

For finding all the matching strings, Use scan method of String class.

str = "A 54mpl3 string w1th 7 numb3rs scatter36 ar0und"
str.scan(/\d+/)
#=> ["54", "3", "1", "7", "3", "36", "0"]

If you rather want MatchData which is the type of the object returned by, match method of Regexp classs, use the following

str.to_enum(:scan, /\d+/).map { Regexp.last_match }
#=> [#<MatchData "54">, #<MatchData "3">, #<MatchData "1">, #<MatchData "7">, #<MatchData "3">, #<MatchData "36">, #<MatchData "0">]

The benefit of having MatchData is that you can use methods like offset

match_datas = str.to_enum(:scan, /\d+/).map { Regexp.last_match }
match_datas[0].offset(0)
#=> [2, 4]
match_datas[1].offset(0)
#=> [7, 8]

Refer these questions too if you'd like to know more
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Reading about special variables $&, $', $1, $2 in ruby will be super helpful.

Is there a quick way to find every match of a regular expression in Ruby? I've looked through the Regex object in the Ruby STL and searched on Google to no avail.


Using scan should do the trick:

string.scan(/regex/)




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