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EXREX

Exrex is a command line tool and python module that generates all - or random - matching strings to a given regular expression. It is pure python, without external dependencies.

There are regular expressions with infinite matching strings (eg.: [a-z]+), in these cases exrex limits the maximum length of the infinite parts.

Exrex uses generators, so the memory usage does not depend on the number of matching strings.

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Features

  • Generating all matching string
  • Generating a random matching string
  • Counting the number of matching strings
  • Groupref handling
  • Full unicode support

Usage

as python module

>>> import exrex

>>> exrex.getone('(ex)r\\1')
'exrex'

>>> list(exrex.generate('((hai){2}|world!)'))
['haihai', 'world!']

>>> exrex.getone('\d{4}-\d{4}-\d{4}-[0-9]{4}')
'3096-7886-2834-5671'

>>> exrex.getone('(1[0-2]|0[1-9])(:[0-5]\d){2} (A|P)M')
'09:31:40 AM'

>>> exrex.count('[01]{0,9}')
1023

>>> print '\n'.join(exrex.generate('This is (a (code|cake|test)|an (apple|elf|output))\.'))
This is a code.
This is a cake.
This is a test.
This is an apple.
This is an elf.
This is an output.

Command line usage

> exrex --help
usage: exrex.py [-h] [-o FILE] [-l] [-d DELIMITER] [-v] REGEX

exrex - regular expression string generator

positional arguments:
  REGEX                 REGEX string

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -o FILE, --output FILE
                        Output file - default is STDOUT
  -l N, --limit N       Max limit for range size - default is 20
  -c, --count           Count matching strings
  -m N, --max-number N  Max number of strings - default is -1
  -r, --random          Returns a random string that matches to the regex
  -d DELIMITER, --delimiter DELIMITER
                        Delimiter - default is \n
  -v, --verbose         Verbose mode

Examples:

$ exrex '[asdfg]'
a
s
d
f
g

$ exrex -r '(0[1-9]|1[012])-\d{2}'
09-85

$ exrex '[01]{10}' -c
1024

Installation

To install exrex, simply:

$ pip install exrex

or

$ easy_install exrex

Bugs

Bugs or suggestions? Visit the issue tracker.

Documentation

http://exrex.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

TODO

  • Command line switches to change default character sets/ranges/range limits (eg. for '.','\s'..) (40%)
  • Extend categories (re.sre_parse.CATEGORIES) (30%)
  • Improve setup.py
  • More verbose code
  • Documentation
  • Optimizations
  • Generation of n different random matching string
  • Memory usage reduction (100%?) - generators
  • Count the number of matching strings - (100%?)
  • Unicode support (100%)
  • Handle grouprefs (100%)
  • Python3 compatibility (100%) ( >= python3.3)

License

exrex is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

exrex is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License
along with exrex. If not, see < http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ >.

(C) 2012- by Adam Tauber, <asciimoo@gmail.com>

Fun/arts

  • Boat: exrex '( {20}(\| *\\|-{22}|\|)|\.={50}| ( ){0,5}\\\.| {12}~{39})'
  • Eyes: exrex '(o|O|0)(_)(o|O|0)'

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Profiling

  • python -m cProfile exrex.py '[a-zA-Z][a-zA-Z][a-zA-Z][a-zA-Z]' -o /dev/null
  • python -m cProfile exrex.py '[0-9]{6}' -o /dev/null
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