My below code doesn't return true in result:

String NameRegex = '/^[A-z]+$/';
Pattern MyPattern = Pattern.compile(NameRegex);
Matcher MyMatcher = MyPattern.matcher('TEST');
Boolean result = MyMatcher.matches();

result will throw always false. What the problem?

  • Documentation says: "A pattern is a compiled representation of a regular expression. Patterns are used by matchers to perform match operations on a character string.", so it is not a reg exp itself. - developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.apexcode.meta/…. Try to use [A-z]+, that will work
    – kurunve
    Mar 1 '18 at 7:56
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    @kurunve A pattern is a compiled regex.
    – sfdcfox
    Mar 1 '18 at 7:59

Apex Regex isn't like JavaScript's regex. You don't start/end with / characters unless you're trying to match them. For example, given your code, the string /hello/ would match. Also, A-z is not correct, because it would match all characters between A and z, which, if you look at a character map, includes some punctuation as well ([\]^_ characters). You need to match A-Za-z, because regex is case sensitive.

String NameRegex = '^[A-Za-z]+$';

This code will match the values you're looking for.

As an alternative, you can also match against \p{Alpha}:

String NameRegex = '^\\p{Alpha}+$';

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