Strings

Strings

The AbstractChar type is the supertype of all character implementations in Julia. A character represents a Unicode code point, and can be converted to an integer via the codepoint function in order to obtain the numerical value of the code point, or constructed from the same integer. These numerical values determine how characters are compared with < and ==, for example. New T <: AbstractChar types should define a codepoint(::T) method and a T(::UInt32) constructor, at minimum.

A given AbstractChar subtype may be capable of representing only a subset of Unicode, in which case conversion from an unsupported UInt32 value may throw an error. Conversely, the built-in Char type represents a superset of Unicode (in order to losslessly encode invalid byte streams), in which case conversion of a non-Unicode value to UInt32 throws an error. The isvalid function can be used to check which codepoints are representable in a given AbstractChar type.

Internally, an AbstractChar type may use a variety of encodings. Conversion via codepoint(char) will not reveal this encoding because it always returns the Unicode value of the character. print(io, c) of any c::AbstractChar produces an encoding determined by io (UTF-8 for all built-in IO types), via conversion to Char if necessary.

write(io, c), in contrast, may emit an encoding depending on typeof(c), and read(io, typeof(c)) should read the same encoding as write. New AbstractChar types must provide their own implementations of write and read.

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Core.CharType.
Char(c::Union{Number,AbstractChar})

Char is a 32-bit AbstractChar type that is the default representation of characters in Julia. Char is the type used for character literals like 'x' and it is also the element type of String.

In order to losslessly represent arbitrary byte streams stored in a String, a Char value may store information that cannot be converted to a Unicode codepoint — converting such a Char to UInt32 will throw an error. The isvalid(c::Char) function can be used to query whether c represents a valid Unicode character.

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Base.codepointFunction.
codepoint(c::AbstractChar)

Return the Unicode codepoint (an unsigned integer) corresponding to the character c (or throw an exception if c does not represent a valid character). For Char, this is a UInt32 value, but AbstractChar types that represent only a subset of Unicode may return a different-sized integer (e.g. UInt8).

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Base.lengthMethod.
length(s::AbstractString) -> Int
length(s::AbstractString, i::Integer, j::Integer) -> Int

The number of characters in string s from indices i through j. This is computed as the number of code unit indices from i to j which are valid character indices. Without only a single string argument, this computes the number of characters in the entire string. With i and j arguments it computes the number of indices between i and j inclusive that are valid indices in the string s. In addition to in-bounds values, i may take the out-of-bounds value ncodeunits(s) + 1 and j may take the out-of-bounds value 0.

See also: isvalid, ncodeunits, lastindex, thisind, nextind, prevind

Examples

julia> length("jμΛIα")
5
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Base.sizeofMethod.
sizeof(str::AbstractString)

Size, in bytes, of the string s. Equal to the number of code units in s multiplied by the size, in bytes, of one code unit in s.

Examples

julia> sizeof("")
0

julia> sizeof("∀")
3
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Base.:*Method.
*(s::Union{AbstractString, AbstractChar}, t::Union{AbstractString, AbstractChar}...) -> AbstractString

Concatenate strings and/or characters, producing a String. This is equivalent to calling the string function on the arguments. Concatenation of built-in string types always produces a value of type String but other string types may choose to return a string of a different type as appropriate.

Examples

julia> "Hello " * "world"
"Hello world"

julia> 'j' * "ulia"
"julia"
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Base.:^Method.
^(s::Union{AbstractString,AbstractChar}, n::Integer)

Repeat a string or character n times. This can also be written as repeat(s, n).

See also: repeat

Examples

julia> "Test "^3
"Test Test Test "
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Base.stringFunction.
string(n::Integer; base::Integer = 10, pad::Integer = 1)

Convert an integer n to a string in the given base, optionally specifying a number of digits to pad to.

julia> string(5, base = 13, pad = 4)
"0005"

julia> string(13, base = 5, pad = 4)
"0023"
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string(xs...)

Create a string from any values using the print function.

Examples

julia> string("a", 1, true)
"a1true"
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Base.repeatMethod.
repeat(s::AbstractString, r::Integer)

Repeat a string r times. This can be written as s^r.

See also: ^

Examples

julia> repeat("ha", 3)
"hahaha"
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Base.repeatMethod.
repeat(c::AbstractChar, r::Integer) -> String

Repeat a character r times. This can equivalently be accomplished by calling c^r.

Examples

julia> repeat('A', 3)
"AAA"
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Base.reprMethod.
repr(x; context=nothing)

Create a string from any value using the show function.

The optional keyword argument context can be set to an IO or IOContext object whose attributes are used for the I/O stream passed to show.

Note that repr(x) is usually similar to how the value of x would be entered in Julia. See also repr(MIME("text/plain"), x) to instead return a "pretty-printed" version of x designed more for human consumption, equivalent to the REPL display of x.

Examples

julia> repr(1)
"1"

julia> repr(zeros(3))
"[0.0, 0.0, 0.0]"

julia> repr(big(1/3))
"3.33333333333333314829616256247390992939472198486328125e-01"

julia> repr(big(1/3), context=:compact => true)
"3.33333e-01"
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Core.StringMethod.
String(s::AbstractString)

Convert a string to a contiguous byte array representation encoded as UTF-8 bytes. This representation is often appropriate for passing strings to C.

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Base.SubStringType.
SubString(s::AbstractString, i::Integer, j::Integer=lastindex(s))
SubString(s::AbstractString, r::UnitRange{<:Integer})

Like getindex, but returns a view into the parent string s within range i:j or r respectively instead of making a copy.

Examples

julia> SubString("abc", 1, 2)
"ab"

julia> SubString("abc", 1:2)
"ab"

julia> SubString("abc", 2)
"bc"
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Base.transcodeFunction.
transcode(T, src)

Convert string data between Unicode encodings. src is either a String or a Vector{UIntXX} of UTF-XX code units, where XX is 8, 16, or 32. T indicates the encoding of the return value: String to return a (UTF-8 encoded) String or UIntXX to return a Vector{UIntXX} of UTF-XX data. (The alias Cwchar_t can also be used as the integer type, for converting wchar_t* strings used by external C libraries.)

The transcode function succeeds as long as the input data can be reasonably represented in the target encoding; it always succeeds for conversions between UTF-XX encodings, even for invalid Unicode data.

Only conversion to/from UTF-8 is currently supported.

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Base.unsafe_stringFunction.
unsafe_string(p::Ptr{UInt8}, [length::Integer])

Copy a string from the address of a C-style (NUL-terminated) string encoded as UTF-8. (The pointer can be safely freed afterwards.) If length is specified (the length of the data in bytes), the string does not have to be NUL-terminated.

This function is labeled "unsafe" because it will crash if p is not a valid memory address to data of the requested length.

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Base.ncodeunitsMethod.
ncodeunits(s::AbstractString) -> Int

Return the number of code units in a string. Indices that are in bounds to access this string must satisfy 1 ≤ i ≤ ncodeunits(s). Not all such indices are valid – they may not be the start of a character, but they will return a code unit value when calling codeunit(s,i).

See also: codeunit, checkbounds, sizeof, length, lastindex

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Base.codeunitFunction.
codeunit(s::AbstractString) -> Type{<:Union{UInt8, UInt16, UInt32}}

Return the code unit type of the given string object. For ASCII, Latin-1, or UTF-8 encoded strings, this would be UInt8; for UCS-2 and UTF-16 it would be UInt16; for UTF-32 it would be UInt32. The unit code type need not be limited to these three types, but it's hard to think of widely used string encodings that don't use one of these units. codeunit(s) is the same as typeof(codeunit(s,1)) when s is a non-empty string.

See also: ncodeunits

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codeunit(s::AbstractString, i::Integer) -> Union{UInt8, UInt16, UInt32}

Return the code unit value in the string s at index i. Note that

codeunit(s, i) :: codeunit(s)

I.e. the value returned by codeunit(s, i) is of the type returned by codeunit(s).

See also: ncodeunits, checkbounds

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Base.codeunitsFunction.
codeunits(s::AbstractString)

Obtain a vector-like object containing the code units of a string. Returns a CodeUnits wrapper by default, but codeunits may optionally be defined for new string types if necessary.

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Base.asciiFunction.
ascii(s::AbstractString)

Convert a string to String type and check that it contains only ASCII data, otherwise throwing an ArgumentError indicating the position of the first non-ASCII byte.

Examples

julia> ascii("abcdeγfgh")
ERROR: ArgumentError: invalid ASCII at index 6 in "abcdeγfgh"
Stacktrace:
[...]

julia> ascii("abcdefgh")
"abcdefgh"
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Base.@r_strMacro.
@r_str -> Regex

Construct a regex, such as r"^[a-z]*$", without interpolation and unescaping (except for quotation mark " which still has to be escaped). The regex also accepts one or more flags, listed after the ending quote, to change its behaviour:

  • i enables case-insensitive matching
  • m treats the ^ and $ tokens as matching the start and end of individual lines, as opposed to the whole string.
  • s allows the . modifier to match newlines.
  • x enables "comment mode": whitespace is enabled except when escaped with \, and # is treated as starting a comment.
  • a disables UCP mode (enables ASCII mode). By default \B, \b, \D, \d, \S, \s, \W, \w, etc. match based on Unicode character properties. With this option, these sequences only match ASCII characters.

Examples

julia> match(r"a+.*b+.*?d$"ism, "Goodbye,\nOh, angry,\nBad world\n")
RegexMatch("angry,\nBad world")

This regex has the first three flags enabled.

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SubstitutionString(substr)

Stores the given string substr as a SubstitutionString, for use in regular expression substitutions. Most commonly constructed using the @s_str macro.

julia> SubstitutionString("Hello \\g<name>, it's \\1")
s"Hello \\g<name>, it's \\1"

julia> subst = s"Hello \g<name>, it's \1"
s"Hello \\g<name>, it's \\1"

julia> typeof(subst)
SubstitutionString{String}
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Base.@s_strMacro.
@s_str -> SubstitutionString

Construct a substitution string, used for regular expression substitutions. Within the string, sequences of the form \N refer to the Nth capture group in the regex, and \g<groupname> refers to a named capture group with name groupname.

julia> msg = "#Hello# from Julia";

julia> replace(msg, r"#(.+)# from (?<from>\w+)" => s"FROM: \g<from>; MESSAGE: \1")
"FROM: Julia; MESSAGE: Hello"
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Base.@raw_strMacro.
@raw_str -> String

Create a raw string without interpolation and unescaping. The exception is that quotation marks still must be escaped. Backslashes escape both quotation marks and other backslashes, but only when a sequence of backslashes precedes a quote character. Thus, 2n backslashes followed by a quote encodes n backslashes and the end of the literal while 2n+1 backslashes followed by a quote encodes n backslashes followed by a quote character.

Examples

julia> println(raw"\ $x")
\ $x

julia> println(raw"\"")
"

julia> println(raw"\\\"")
\"

julia> println(raw"\\x \\\"")
\\x \"
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@html_str -> Docs.HTML

Create an HTML object from a literal string.

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@text_str -> Docs.Text

Create a Text object from a literal string.

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Base.isvalidMethod.
isvalid(value) -> Bool

Returns true if the given value is valid for its type, which currently can be either AbstractChar or String.

Examples

julia> isvalid(Char(0xd800))
false

julia> isvalid(Char(0xd799))
true
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Base.isvalidMethod.
isvalid(T, value) -> Bool

Returns true if the given value is valid for that type. Types currently can be either AbstractChar or String. Values for AbstractChar can be of type AbstractChar or UInt32. Values for String can be of that type, or Vector{UInt8}.

Examples

julia> isvalid(Char, 0xd800)
false

julia> isvalid(Char, 0xd799)
true
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Base.isvalidMethod.
isvalid(s::AbstractString, i::Integer) -> Bool

Predicate indicating whether the given index is the start of the encoding of a character in s or not. If isvalid(s, i) is true then s[i] will return the character whose encoding starts at that index, if it's false, then s[i] will raise an invalid index error or a bounds error depending on if i is in bounds. In order for isvalid(s, i) to be an O(1) function, the encoding of s must be self-synchronizing this is a basic assumption of Julia's generic string support.

See also: getindex, iterate, thisind, nextind, prevind, length

Examples

julia> str = "αβγdef";

julia> isvalid(str, 1)
true

julia> str[1]
'α': Unicode U+03b1 (category Ll: Letter, lowercase)

julia> isvalid(str, 2)
false

julia> str[2]
ERROR: StringIndexError("αβγdef", 2)
Stacktrace:
[...]
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Base.matchFunction.
match(r::Regex, s::AbstractString[, idx::Integer[, addopts]])

Search for the first match of the regular expression r in s and return a RegexMatch object containing the match, or nothing if the match failed. The matching substring can be retrieved by accessing m.match and the captured sequences can be retrieved by accessing m.captures The optional idx argument specifies an index at which to start the search.

Examples

julia> rx = r"a(.)a"
r"a(.)a"

julia> m = match(rx, "cabac")
RegexMatch("aba", 1="b")

julia> m.captures
1-element Array{Union{Nothing, SubString{String}},1}:
 "b"

julia> m.match
"aba"

julia> match(rx, "cabac", 3) === nothing
true
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Base.eachmatchFunction.
eachmatch(r::Regex, s::AbstractString; overlap::Bool=false])

Search for all matches of a the regular expression r in s and return a iterator over the matches. If overlap is true, the matching sequences are allowed to overlap indices in the original string, otherwise they must be from distinct character ranges.

Examples

julia> rx = r"a.a"
r"a.a"

julia> m = eachmatch(rx, "a1a2a3a")
Base.RegexMatchIterator(r"a.a", "a1a2a3a", false)

julia> collect(m)
2-element Array{RegexMatch,1}:
 RegexMatch("a1a")
 RegexMatch("a3a")

julia> collect(eachmatch(rx, "a1a2a3a", overlap = true))
3-element Array{RegexMatch,1}:
 RegexMatch("a1a")
 RegexMatch("a2a")
 RegexMatch("a3a")
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Base.islessMethod.
isless(a::AbstractString, b::AbstractString) -> Bool

Test whether string a comes before string b in alphabetical order (technically, in lexicographical order by Unicode code points).

Examples

julia> isless("a", "b")
true

julia> isless("β", "α")
false

julia> isless("a", "a")
false
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Base.:==Method.
==(a::AbstractString, b::AbstractString) -> Bool

Test whether two strings are equal character by character (technically, Unicode code point by code point).

Examples

julia> "abc" == "abc"
true

julia> "abc" == "αβγ"
false
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Base.cmpMethod.
cmp(a::AbstractString, b::AbstractString) -> Int

Compare two strings. Return 0 if both strings have the same length and the character at each index is the same in both strings. Return -1 if a is a prefix of b, or if a comes before b in alphabetical order. Return 1 if b is a prefix of a, or if b comes before a in alphabetical order (technically, lexicographical order by Unicode code points).

Examples

julia> cmp("abc", "abc")
0

julia> cmp("ab", "abc")
-1

julia> cmp("abc", "ab")
1

julia> cmp("ab", "ac")
-1

julia> cmp("ac", "ab")
1

julia> cmp("α", "a")
1

julia> cmp("b", "β")
-1
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Base.lpadFunction.
lpad(s, n::Integer, p::Union{AbstractChar,AbstractString}=' ') -> String

Stringify s and pad the resulting string on the left with p to make it n characters (code points) long. If s is already n characters long, an equal string is returned. Pad with spaces by default.

Examples

julia> lpad("March", 10)
"     March"
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Base.rpadFunction.
rpad(s, n::Integer, p::Union{AbstractChar,AbstractString}=' ') -> String

Stringify s and pad the resulting string on the right with p to make it n characters (code points) long. If s is already n characters long, an equal string is returned. Pad with spaces by default.

Examples

julia> rpad("March", 20)
"March               "
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Base.findfirstMethod.
findfirst(pattern::AbstractString, string::AbstractString)
findfirst(pattern::Regex, string::String)

Find the first occurrence of pattern in string. Equivalent to findnext(pattern, string, firstindex(s)).

Examples

julia> findfirst("z", "Hello to the world") # returns nothing, but not printed in the REPL

julia> findfirst("Julia", "JuliaLang")
1:5
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Base.findnextMethod.
findnext(pattern::AbstractString, string::AbstractString, start::Integer)
findnext(pattern::Regex, string::String, start::Integer)

Find the next occurrence of pattern in string starting at position start. pattern can be either a string, or a regular expression, in which case string must be of type String.

The return value is a range of indices where the matching sequence is found, such that s[findnext(x, s, i)] == x:

findnext("substring", string, i) = start:end such that string[start:end] == "substring", or nothing if unmatched.

Examples

julia> findnext("z", "Hello to the world", 1) === nothing
true

julia> findnext("o", "Hello to the world", 6)
8:8

julia> findnext("Lang", "JuliaLang", 2)
6:9
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Base.findlastMethod.
findlast(pattern::AbstractString, string::AbstractString)
findlast(pattern::Regex, string::String)

Find the last occurrence of pattern in string. Equivalent to findlast(pattern, string, lastindex(s)).

Examples

julia> findlast("o", "Hello to the world")
15:15

julia> findfirst("Julia", "JuliaLang")
1:5
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Base.findprevMethod.
findprev(pattern::AbstractString, string::AbstractString, start::Integer)
findprev(pattern::Regex, string::String, start::Integer)

Find the previous occurrence of pattern in string starting at position start. pattern can be either a string, or a regular expression, in which case string must be of type String.

The return value is a range of indices where the matching sequence is found, such that s[findprev(x, s, i)] == x:

findprev("substring", string, i) = start:end such that string[start:end] == "substring", or nothing if unmatched.

Examples

julia> findprev("z", "Hello to the world", 18) === nothing
true

julia> findprev("o", "Hello to the world", 18)
15:15

julia> findprev("Julia", "JuliaLang", 6)
1:5
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Base.occursinFunction.
occursin(needle::Union{AbstractString,Regex,AbstractChar}, haystack::AbstractString)

Determine whether the first argument is a substring of the second. If needle is a regular expression, checks whether haystack contains a match.

Examples

julia> occursin("Julia", "JuliaLang is pretty cool!")
true

julia> occursin('a', "JuliaLang is pretty cool!")
true

julia> occursin(r"a.a", "aba")
true

julia> occursin(r"a.a", "abba")
false
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Base.reverseMethod.
reverse(s::AbstractString) -> AbstractString

Reverses a string. Technically, this function reverses the codepoints in a string and its main utility is for reversed-order string processing, especially for reversed regular-expression searches. See also reverseind to convert indices in s to indices in reverse(s) and vice-versa, and graphemes from module Unicode to operate on user-visible "characters" (graphemes) rather than codepoints. See also Iterators.reverse for reverse-order iteration without making a copy. Custom string types must implement the reverse function themselves and should typically return a string with the same type and encoding. If they return a string with a different encoding, they must also override reverseind for that string type to satisfy s[reverseind(s,i)] == reverse(s)[i].

Examples

julia> reverse("JuliaLang")
"gnaLailuJ"

julia> reverse("ax̂e") # combining characters can lead to surprising results
"êxa"

julia> using Unicode

julia> join(reverse(collect(graphemes("ax̂e")))) # reverses graphemes
"ex̂a"
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Base.replaceMethod.
replace(s::AbstractString, pat=>r; [count::Integer])

Search for the given pattern pat in s, and replace each occurrence with r. If count is provided, replace at most count occurrences. pat may be a single character, a vector or a set of characters, a string, or a regular expression. If r is a function, each occurrence is replaced with r(s) where s is the matched substring (when patis a Regex or AbstractString) or character (when pat is an AbstractChar or a collection of AbstractChar). If pat is a regular expression and r is a SubstitutionString, then capture group references in r are replaced with the corresponding matched text. To remove instances of pat from string, set r to the empty String ("").

Examples

julia> replace("Python is a programming language.", "Python" => "Julia")
"Julia is a programming language."

julia> replace("The quick foxes run quickly.", "quick" => "slow", count=1)
"The slow foxes run quickly."

julia> replace("The quick foxes run quickly.", "quick" => "", count=1)
"The  foxes run quickly."

julia> replace("The quick foxes run quickly.", r"fox(es)?" => s"bus\1")
"The quick buses run quickly."
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Base.splitFunction.
split(str::AbstractString, dlm; limit::Integer=0, keepempty::Bool=true)
split(str::AbstractString; limit::Integer=0, keepempty::Bool=false)

Split str into an array of substrings on occurrences of the delimiter(s) dlm. dlm can be any of the formats allowed by findnext's first argument (i.e. as a string, regular expression or a function), or as a single character or collection of characters.

If dlm is omitted, it defaults to isspace.

The optional keyword arguments are:

  • limit: the maximum size of the result. limit=0 implies no maximum (default)
  • keepempty: whether empty fields should be kept in the result. Default is false without a dlm argument, true with a dlm argument.

See also rsplit.

Examples

julia> a = "Ma.rch"
"Ma.rch"

julia> split(a,".")
2-element Array{SubString{String},1}:
 "Ma"
 "rch"
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Base.rsplitFunction.
rsplit(s::AbstractString; limit::Integer=0, keepempty::Bool=false)
rsplit(s::AbstractString, chars; limit::Integer=0, keepempty::Bool=true)

Similar to split, but starting from the end of the string.

Examples

julia> a = "M.a.r.c.h"
"M.a.r.c.h"

julia> rsplit(a,".")
5-element Array{SubString{String},1}:
 "M"
 "a"
 "r"
 "c"
 "h"

julia> rsplit(a,".";limit=1)
1-element Array{SubString{String},1}:
 "M.a.r.c.h"

julia> rsplit(a,".";limit=2)
2-element Array{SubString{String},1}:
 "M.a.r.c"
 "h"
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Base.stripFunction.
strip(str::AbstractString, [chars])

Remove leading and trailing characters from str.

The default behaviour is to remove leading whitespace and delimiters: see isspace for precise details.

The optional chars argument specifies which characters to remove: it can be a single character, vector or set of characters, or a predicate function.

Examples

julia> strip("{3, 5}\n", ['{', '}', '\n'])
"3, 5"
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Base.lstripFunction.
lstrip([pred=isspace,] str::AbstractString)
lstrip(str::AbstractString, chars)

Remove leading characters from str, either those specified by chars or those for which the function pred returns true.

The default behaviour is to remove leading whitespace and delimiters: see isspace for precise details.

The optional chars argument specifies which characters to remove: it can be a single character, or a vector or set of characters.

Examples

julia> a = lpad("March", 20)
"               March"

julia> lstrip(a)
"March"
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Base.rstripFunction.
rstrip([pred=isspace,] str::AbstractString)
rstrip(str::AbstractString, chars)

Remove trailing characters from str, either those specified by chars or those for which the function pred returns true.

The default behaviour is to remove leading whitespace and delimiters: see isspace for precise details.

The optional chars argument specifies which characters to remove: it can be a single character, or a vector or set of characters.

Examples

julia> a = rpad("March", 20)
"March               "

julia> rstrip(a)
"March"
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Base.startswithFunction.
startswith(s::AbstractString, prefix::AbstractString)

Return true if s starts with prefix. If prefix is a vector or set of characters, test whether the first character of s belongs to that set.

See also endswith.

Examples

julia> startswith("JuliaLang", "Julia")
true
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Base.endswithFunction.
endswith(s::AbstractString, suffix::AbstractString)

Return true if s ends with suffix. If suffix is a vector or set of characters, test whether the last character of s belongs to that set.

See also startswith.

Examples

julia> endswith("Sunday", "day")
true
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Base.firstMethod.
first(s::AbstractString, n::Integer)

Get a string consisting of the first n characters of s.

julia> first("∀ϵ≠0: ϵ²>0", 0)
""

julia> first("∀ϵ≠0: ϵ²>0", 1)
"∀"

julia> first("∀ϵ≠0: ϵ²>0", 3)
"∀ϵ≠"
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Base.lastMethod.
last(s::AbstractString, n::Integer)

Get a string consisting of the last n characters of s.

julia> last("∀ϵ≠0: ϵ²>0", 0)
""

julia> last("∀ϵ≠0: ϵ²>0", 1)
"0"

julia> last("∀ϵ≠0: ϵ²>0", 3)
"²>0"
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uppercase(s::AbstractString)

Return s with all characters converted to uppercase.

Examples

julia> uppercase("Julia")
"JULIA"
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lowercase(s::AbstractString)

Return s with all characters converted to lowercase.

Examples

julia> lowercase("STRINGS AND THINGS")
"strings and things"
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titlecase(s::AbstractString; [wordsep::Function], strict::Bool=true) -> String

Capitalize the first character of each word in s; if strict is true, every other character is converted to lowercase, otherwise they are left unchanged. By default, all non-letters are considered as word separators; a predicate can be passed as the wordsep keyword to determine which characters should be considered as word separators. See also uppercasefirst to capitalize only the first character in s.

Examples

julia> titlecase("the JULIA programming language")
"The Julia Programming Language"

julia> titlecase("ISS - international space station", strict=false)
"ISS - International Space Station"

julia> titlecase("a-a b-b", wordsep = c->c==' ')
"A-a B-b"
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uppercasefirst(s::AbstractString) -> String

Return s with the first character converted to uppercase (technically "title case" for Unicode). See also titlecase to capitalize the first character of every word in s.

See also: lowercasefirst, uppercase, lowercase, titlecase

Examples

julia> uppercasefirst("python")
"Python"
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lowercasefirst(s::AbstractString)

Return s with the first character converted to lowercase.

See also: uppercasefirst, uppercase, lowercase, titlecase

Examples

julia> lowercasefirst("Julia")
"julia"
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Base.joinFunction.
join([io::IO,] strings, delim, [last])

Join an array of strings into a single string, inserting the given delimiter between adjacent strings. If last is given, it will be used instead of delim between the last two strings. If io is given, the result is written to io rather than returned as as a String. For example,

Examples

julia> join(["apples", "bananas", "pineapples"], ", ", " and ")
"apples, bananas and pineapples"

strings can be any iterable over elements x which are convertible to strings via print(io::IOBuffer, x). strings will be printed to io.

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Base.chopFunction.
chop(s::AbstractString; head::Integer = 0, tail::Integer = 1)

Remove the first head and the last tail characters from s. The call chop(s) removes the last character from s. If it is requested to remove more characters than length(s) then an empty string is returned.

Examples

julia> a = "March"
"March"

julia> chop(a)
"Marc"

julia> chop(a, head = 1, tail = 2)
"ar"

julia> chop(a, head = 5, tail = 5)
""
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Base.chompFunction.
chomp(s::AbstractString)

Remove a single trailing newline from a string.

Examples

julia> chomp("Hello\n")
"Hello"
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Base.thisindFunction.
thisind(s::AbstractString, i::Integer) -> Int

If i is in bounds in s return the index of the start of the character whose encoding code unit i is part of. In other words, if i is the start of a character, return i; if i is not the start of a character, rewind until the start of a character and return that index. If i is equal to 0 or ncodeunits(s)+1 return i. In all other cases throw BoundsError.

Examples

julia> thisind("α", 0)
0

julia> thisind("α", 1)
1

julia> thisind("α", 2)
1

julia> thisind("α", 3)
3

julia> thisind("α", 4)
ERROR: BoundsError: attempt to access "α"
  at index [4]
[...]

julia> thisind("α", -1)
ERROR: BoundsError: attempt to access "α"
  at index [-1]
[...]
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Base.nextindFunction.
nextind(str::AbstractString, i::Integer, n::Integer=1) -> Int
  • Case n == 1

    If i is in bounds in s return the index of the start of the character whose encoding starts after index i. In other words, if i is the start of a character, return the start of the next character; if i is not the start of a character, move forward until the start of a character and return that index. If i is equal to 0 return 1. If i is in bounds but greater or equal to lastindex(str) return ncodeunits(str)+1. Otherwise throw BoundsError.

  • Case n > 1

    Behaves like applying n times nextind for n==1. The only difference is that if n is so large that applying nextind would reach ncodeunits(str)+1 then each remaining iteration increases the returned value by 1. This means that in this case nextind can return a value greater than ncodeunits(str)+1.

  • Case n == 0

    Return i only if i is a valid index in s or is equal to 0. Otherwise StringIndexError or BoundsError is thrown.

Examples

julia> nextind("α", 0)
1

julia> nextind("α", 1)
3

julia> nextind("α", 3)
ERROR: BoundsError: attempt to access "α"
  at index [3]
[...]

julia> nextind("α", 0, 2)
3

julia> nextind("α", 1, 2)
4
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Base.previndFunction.
prevind(str::AbstractString, i::Integer, n::Integer=1) -> Int
  • Case n == 1

    If i is in bounds in s return the index of the start of the character whose encoding starts before index i. In other words, if i is the start of a character, return the start of the previous character; if i is not the start of a character, rewind until the start of a character and return that index. If i is equal to 1 return 0. If i is equal to ncodeunits(str)+1 return lastindex(str). Otherwise throw BoundsError.

  • Case n > 1

    Behaves like applying n times prevind for n==1. The only difference is that if n is so large that applying prevind would reach 0 then each remaining iteration decreases the returned value by 1. This means that in this case prevind can return a negative value.

  • Case n == 0

    Return i only if i is a valid index in str or is equal to ncodeunits(str)+1. Otherwise StringIndexError or BoundsError is thrown.

Examples

julia> prevind("α", 3)
1

julia> prevind("α", 1)
0

julia> prevind("α", 0)
ERROR: BoundsError: attempt to access "α"
  at index [0]
[...]

julia> prevind("α", 2, 2)
0

julia> prevind("α", 2, 3)
-1
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textwidth(c)

Give the number of columns needed to print a character.

Examples

julia> textwidth('α')
1

julia> textwidth('❤')
2
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textwidth(s::AbstractString)

Give the number of columns needed to print a string.

Examples

julia> textwidth("March")
5
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Base.isasciiFunction.
isascii(c::Union{AbstractChar,AbstractString}) -> Bool

Test whether a character belongs to the ASCII character set, or whether this is true for all elements of a string.

Examples

julia> isascii('a')
true

julia> isascii('α')
false

julia> isascii("abc")
true

julia> isascii("αβγ")
false
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Base.Unicode.iscntrlFunction.
iscntrl(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Tests whether a character is a control character. Control characters are the non-printing characters of the Latin-1 subset of Unicode.

Examples

julia> iscntrl('\x01')
true

julia> iscntrl('a')
false
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Base.Unicode.isdigitFunction.
isdigit(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Tests whether a character is a decimal digit (0-9).

Examples

julia> isdigit('❤')
false

julia> isdigit('9')
true

julia> isdigit('α')
false
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Base.Unicode.isletterFunction.
isletter(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Test whether a character is a letter. A character is classified as a letter if it belongs to the Unicode general category Letter, i.e. a character whose category code begins with 'L'.

Examples

julia> isletter('❤')
false

julia> isletter('α')
true

julia> isletter('9')
false
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islowercase(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Tests whether a character is a lowercase letter. A character is classified as lowercase if it belongs to Unicode category Ll, Letter: Lowercase.

Examples

julia> islowercase('α')
true

julia> islowercase('Γ')
false

julia> islowercase('❤')
false
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isnumeric(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Tests whether a character is numeric. A character is classified as numeric if it belongs to the Unicode general category Number, i.e. a character whose category code begins with 'N'.

Note that this broad category includes characters such as ¾ and ௰. Use isdigit to check whether a character a decimal digit between 0 and 9.

Examples

julia> isnumeric('௰')
true

julia> isnumeric('9')
true

julia> isnumeric('α')
false

julia> isnumeric('❤')
false
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Base.Unicode.isprintFunction.
isprint(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Tests whether a character is printable, including spaces, but not a control character.

Examples

julia> isprint('\x01')
false

julia> isprint('A')
true
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Base.Unicode.ispunctFunction.
ispunct(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Tests whether a character belongs to the Unicode general category Punctuation, i.e. a character whose category code begins with 'P'.

Examples

julia> ispunct('α')
false

julia> ispunct('/')
true

julia> ispunct(';')
true
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Base.Unicode.isspaceFunction.
isspace(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Tests whether a character is any whitespace character. Includes ASCII characters '\t', '\n', '\v', '\f', '\r', and ' ', Latin-1 character U+0085, and characters in Unicode category Zs.

Examples

julia> isspace('\n')
true

julia> isspace('\r')
true

julia> isspace(' ')
true

julia> isspace('\x20')
true
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isuppercase(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Tests whether a character is an uppercase letter. A character is classified as uppercase if it belongs to Unicode category Lu, Letter: Uppercase, or Lt, Letter: Titlecase.

Examples

julia> isuppercase('γ')
false

julia> isuppercase('Γ')
true

julia> isuppercase('❤')
false
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Base.Unicode.isxdigitFunction.
isxdigit(c::AbstractChar) -> Bool

Test whether a character is a valid hexadecimal digit. Note that this does not include x (as in the standard 0x prefix).

Examples

julia> isxdigit('a')
true

julia> isxdigit('x')
false
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Core.SymbolType.
Symbol(x...) -> Symbol

Create a Symbol by concatenating the string representations of the arguments together.

Examples

julia> Symbol("my", "name")
:myname

julia> Symbol("day", 4)
:day4
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Base.escape_stringFunction.
escape_string(str::AbstractString[, esc])::AbstractString
escape_string(io, str::AbstractString[, esc::])::Nothing

General escaping of traditional C and Unicode escape sequences. The first form returns the escaped string, the second prints the result to io.

Backslashes (\) are escaped with a double-backslash ("\\"). Non-printable characters are escaped either with their standard C escape codes, "\0" for NUL (if unambiguous), unicode code point ("\u" prefix) or hex ("\x" prefix).

The optional esc argument specifies any additional characters that should also be escaped by a prepending backslash (" is also escaped by default in the first form).

Examples

julia> escape_string("aaa\nbbb")
"aaa\\nbbb"

julia> escape_string("\xfe\xff") # invalid utf-8
"\\xfe\\xff"

julia> escape_string(string('\u2135','\0')) # unambiguous
"ℵ\\0"

julia> escape_string(string('\u2135','\0','0')) # \0 would be ambiguous
"ℵ\\x000"

See also

unescape_string for the reverse operation.

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Base.unescape_stringFunction.
unescape_string(str::AbstractString)::AbstractString
unescape_string(io, str::AbstractString)::Nothing

General unescaping of traditional C and Unicode escape sequences. The first form returns the escaped string, the second prints the result to io.

The following escape sequences are recognised:

  • Escaped backslash (\\)
  • Escaped double-quote (\")
  • Standard C escape sequences (\a, \b, \t, \n, \v, \f, \r, \e)
  • Unicode code points (\u or \U prefixes with 1-4 trailing hex digits)
  • Hex bytes (\x with 1-2 trailing hex digits)
  • Octal bytes (\ with 1-3 trailing octal digits)

Examples

julia> unescape_string("aaa\\nbbb") # C escape sequence
"aaa\nbbb"

julia> unescape_string("\\u03c0") # unicode
"π"

julia> unescape_string("\\101") # octal
"A"

See also

escape_string.

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