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Regular Expressions: Is there an AND operator? (8)

In addition to the accepted answer

I will provide you with some practical examples that will get things more clear to some of You. For example lets say we have those three lines of text:

[12/Oct/2015:00:37:29 +0200] // only this + will get selected
[12/Oct/2015:00:37:x9 +0200]
[12/Oct/2015:00:37:29 +020x]

See demo here DEMO

What we want to do here is to select the + sign but only if it's after two numbers with a space and if it's before four numbers. Those are the only constraints. We would use this regular expression to achieve it:

'~(?<=\d{2} )\+(?=\d{4})~g'

Note if you separate the expression it will give you different results.

Or perhaps you want to select some text between tags... but not the tags! Then you could use:

'~(?<=<p>).*?(?=<\/p>)~g'

for this text:

<p>Hello !</p> <p>I wont select tags! Only text with in</p> 

See demo here DEMO

Obviously, you can use the | (pipe?) to represent OR, but is there a way to represent AND as well?

Specifically, I'd like to match paragraphs of text that contain ALL of a certain phrase, but in no particular order.


If you use Perl regular expressions, you can use positive lookahead:

For example

(?=[1-9][0-9]{2})[0-9]*[05]\b

would be numbers greater than 100 and divisible by 5


Look at this example:

We have 2 regexps A and B and we want to match both of them, so in pseudo-code it looks like this:

pattern = "/A AND B/"

It can be written without using the AND operator like this:

pattern = "/NOT (NOT A OR NOT B)/"

in PCRE:

"/^(^A|^B)/"

regexp_match(pattern,data)

The AND operator is implicit in the RegExp syntax.
The OR operator has instead to be specified with a pipe.
The following RegExp:

var re = /ab/;

means the letter a AND the letter b.
It also works with groups:

var re = /(co)(de)/;

it means the group co AND the group de.
Replacing the (implicit) AND with an OR would require the following lines:

var re = /a|b/;
var re = /(co)|(de)/;

Use AND outside the regular expression. In PHP lookahead operator did not not seem to work for me, instead I used this

if( preg_match("/^.{3,}$/",$pass1) && !preg_match("/\s{1}/",$pass1))
    return true;
else
    return false;

The above regex will match if the password length is 3 characters or more and there are no spaces in the password.


Use a non-consuming regular expression.

The typical (i.e. Perl/Java) notation is:

(?=expr)

This means "match expr but after that continue matching at the original match-point."

You can do as many of these as you want, and this will be an "and." Example:

(?=match this expression)(?=match this too)(?=oh, and this)

You can even add capture groups inside the non-consuming expressions if you need to save some of the data therein.


You can do that with a regular expression but probably you'll want to some else. For example use several regexp and combine them in a if clause.

You can enumerate all possible permutations with a standard regexp, like this (matches a, b and c in any order):

(abc)|(bca)|(acb)|(bac)|(cab)|(cba)

However, this makes a very long and probably inefficient regexp, if you have more than couple terms.

If you are using some extended regexp version, like Perl's or Java's, they have better ways to do this. Other answers have suggested using positive lookahead operation.


You could pipe your output to another regex. Using grep, you could do this:

grep A | grep B





lookahead