Using Regular Expressions - Introduction and Simple Use Case

Regular expressions are a way to define an advanced search pattern that can be very useful for manipulating text, among other things. They are used quite a bit in programming languages but in this case, I am showing how I use them in a text editor to manipulate text copied from a website into a clean list format. This isn’t so much a tutorial as it is a real world example of how you can use regular expressions to speed up your work. And I’ll admit - they are just fun to use!


I’ve been using regex since the old Perl days. One of the best things I’ve learned.

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RegEx is my nightmare, all help is appreciated thank you. Good video.

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There are many online resources to help you learn regex. The best one I’ve seen is the regex course on Linux Academy

However, I do use this site frequently: