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simple string regular expression that exposes matches in defined variables


simple string regular expression that exposes matches in defined variables


$ npm install sregex


$ component install jwerle/sregex


bower install sregex

using sregex is as simple as passing it a string

var regex = sregex('some string')
regex.test('some string'); // true 
regex.test('some other string'); // false 

the returned regex object from sregex is an instance of RegExp with a parse() function attached to it

regex.parse('some string'); // {} 

you can easily define variables within your string sregex string and access them from a string with the parse function

var regex = sregex('my name is :name and i am :age');
var values = regex.parse('my name is joe and i am 22');
console.log(; // joe 
console.log(values.age); // 22 

the str argument for sregex accepts a string, but it also can have valid regular expression interpolated

var regex = sregex('it can accept multiple regular expressions like ([a-zA-Z]+), ([0-9]+), and ([a-z]+)');
var values = regex.parse('it can accept multiple regular expressions like foogots, 45, and apple');
console.log(values[0]); // foogots 
console.log(values[1]); // 45 
console.log(values[2]); // apple 

it can also accept an instance of `RegExp as input

var regex = sregex(/^foo\s?bar\s?([a-z]+)/);
var values = regex.parse('foo bar noob');
console.log(values[0]); // noob 

building a router that parses url parameters can be simple as well

var http = require('http')
    , sregex = require('sregex')
http.createServer(function (req, res) {
    var regex = sregex('/:resource/:id/:action')
    // in the browser head to `http://localhost:4000/videos/1234/edit` 
    console.log(regex.parse(req.url)); // { resource: 'videos', id: '1234', action: 'edit' } 

converts a string to regular expression and allows retrieval of defined variables when parsing

  • str - a string to convert to regular expression


var regex = sregex('/user/:id')

parses a given string and returns an object representing the values extracted using the regular expression used to create it

  • str - a string to parse and extact values from based on regular expression matches


var regex = sregex('/account/:action')
var values = regex.parse('/action/edit');
console.log(values.action); // edit 

we can convert a object to a JSON string and then to binary and attach it to the string

var regex = sregex('payload|:data')
var bytes = [];
var data = {
    id: 1234,
var str = JSON.stringify(data)
for (var i = 0; i < str.length; ++i) {
var values = regex.parse('payload|'+ bytes.toString());
console.log(; // '123,34,105,100,34,58,49,50,51,52,44,34,100,97,116,101,34,58,49,51,55,49,53,56,51,52,51,53,52,52,48,125' 
// parse it back into a JSON string 
var parsed = ''',').map(function (part) {
    parsed += String.fromCharCode(part);
console.log(parsed); // {"id":1234,"date":1371583641484} 
console.log(JSON.parse(parsed)); // { id: 1234, date: 1371583754259 }