JakeIC JakeIC - 1 year ago 90
Python Question

Python - Regex - Match anything except

I'm trying to get my regular expression to work but can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I am trying to find any file that is NOT in a specific format. For example all files are dates that are in this format MM-DD-YY.pdf (ex. 05-13-17.pdf). I want to be able to find any files that are not written in that format.

I can create a regex to find those with:


I tried using the negative lookahead so it looked like this:


That works in not finding those anymore but it doesn't find the files that are not like it.

I also tried adding a .* after the group but then that finds the whole list.


I'm searching through a small list right now for testing:

05-17-17.pdf Test.pdf 05-48-2017.pdf 03-14-17.pdf

Is there a way to accomplish what I'm looking for?


Answer Source

You can try this:

import re
s = "Test.docx 04-05-2017.docx 04-04-17.pdf secondtest.pdf"

new_data = re.findall("[a-zA-Z]+\.[a-zA-Z]+|\d{1,}-\d{1,}-\d{4}\.[a-zA-Z]+", s)


['Test.docx', '04-05-2017.docx', 'secondtest.pdf']
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