How to match a non-word character using Java RegEx?

JavaObject Oriented ProgrammingProgramming

All the characters other than the English alphabet (both cases) and, digits (0 to 9) are considered as non-word characters. You can match them using the meta character “\W”.

Example 1

import java.util.Scanner;
import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;
public class Example {
   public static void main(String args[]) {
      //Reading String from user
      System.out.println("Enter a String");
      Scanner sc = new Scanner(System.in);
      String input = sc.nextLine();
      String regex = "^\\W{5}";
      //Compiling the regular expression
      Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(regex);
      //Retrieving the matcher object
      Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(input);
      if(matcher.find()) {
         System.out.println("Match occurred");
      } else {
         System.out.println("Match not occurred");
      }
   }
}

Output 1

Enter a String
*&&^#
Match occurred

Output 2

Enter a String
hello
Match not occurred

Example 2

import java.util.Scanner;
public class RegexExample {
   public static void main( String args[] ) {
      String regex = "\\W*";
      System.out.println("Enter input value: ");
      Scanner sc = new Scanner(System.in);
      String input = sc.nextLine();
      boolean bool = input.matches(regex);
      if(bool) {
         System.out.println("match occurred");
      } else {
         System.out.println("match not occurred");
      }
   }
}

Output

Enter input value:
#***
match occurred
raja
Published on 19-Nov-2019 07:43:46
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