Finding all words that start with an 'a' in Java

Java 8Object Oriented ProgrammingProgramming

All the words that start with a can be found in a string by using regular expressions in Java. The regular expressions are character sequences that can be used to match other strings using a specific pattern syntax. The regular expressions are available in the java.util.regex package which has many classes but the most important are Pattern class and Matcher class.

A program that finds all words that start with an 'a' is using regular expressions is given as follows:


 Live Demo

import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;
public class Demo {
   public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
      String str = "This is an apple";
      String regex = "\\ba\\w*\\b";
      Pattern p = Pattern.compile(regex);
      Matcher m = p.matcher(str);
      String word = null;
      System.out.println("The input string is: " + str);
      System.out.println("The Regex is: " + regex + "\r\n");
      System.out.println("The words that start with a in above string are:");
      while (m.find()) {
         word =;
      if (word == null) {
         System.out.println("There are no words that start with a");


The input string is: This is an apple
The Regex is: \ba\w*\b
The words that start with a in above string are:
Published on 19-Feb-2019 06:38:21