I want to use input from a user as a regex pattern for a search over some text. It works, but how I can handle cases where user puts characters that have meaning in regex? For example, the user wants to search for Word
(s): regex engine will take the
(s) as a group. I want it to treat it like a string
"(s)". I can run
replace on user input and replace the
\( and the
\) but the problem is I will need to do replace for every possible regex symbol. Do you know some better way ?
re.escape() function for this:
Return string with all non-alphanumerics backslashed; this is useful if you want to match an arbitrary literal string that may have regular expression metacharacters in it.
A simplistic example, search any occurence of the provided string optionally followed by 's', and return the match object.
def simplistic_plural(word, text): word_or_plural = re.escape(word) + 's?' return re.match(word_or_plural, text)