Case insensitive regular expression without re.compile?


Question

In Python, I can compile a regular expression to be case-insensitive using re.compile:

>>> s = 'TeSt'
>>> casesensitive = re.compile('test')
>>> ignorecase = re.compile('test', re.IGNORECASE)
>>> 
>>> print casesensitive.match(s)
None
>>> print ignorecase.match(s)
<_sre.SRE_Match object at 0x02F0B608>

Is there a way to do the same, but without using re.compile. I can't find anything like Perl's i suffix (e.g. m/test/i) in the documentation.

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2/20/2019 7:58:29 PM

Accepted Answer

Pass re.IGNORECASE to the flags param of search, match, or sub:

re.search('test', 'TeSt', re.IGNORECASE)
re.match('test', 'TeSt', re.IGNORECASE)
re.sub('test', 'xxxx', 'Testing', flags=re.IGNORECASE)
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6/26/2016 11:26:40 AM

You can also perform case insensitive searches using search/match without the IGNORECASE flag (tested in Python 2.7.3):

re.search(r'(?i)test', 'TeSt').group()    ## returns 'TeSt'
re.match(r'(?i)test', 'TeSt').group()     ## returns 'TeSt'

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