C# Regex Split - everything inside square brackets


I'm currently trying to split a string in C# (latest .NET and Visual Studio 2008), in order to retrieve everything that's inside square brackets and discard the remaining text.

E.g.: "H1-receptor antagonist [HSA:3269] [PATH:hsa04080(3269)]"

In this case, I'm interested in getting "HSA:3269" and "PATH:hsa04080(3269)" into an array of strings.

How can this be achieved?

5/14/2010 5:16:40 PM

Accepted Answer

Split won't help you here; you need to use regular expressions:

// using System.Text.RegularExpressions;
// pattern = any number of arbitrary characters between square brackets.
var pattern = @"\[(.*?)\]";
var query = "H1-receptor antagonist [HSA:3269] [PATH:hsa04080(3269)]";
var matches = Regex.Matches(query, pattern);

foreach (Match m in matches) {

Yields your results.

4/11/2009 7:17:21 PM

Try this

string mystr = "Hello my name is  {robert} and i live in  {florida}";

List<string> myvariables = new List<string>();
while (mystr.Contains("{"))
    myvariable.Add(mystr.Split('{', '}')[1]);
    mystr = mystr.Replace("{" + mystr.Split('{', '}')[1] + "}", "");

This way I will have an array which will contain robert and florida.

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