T0ny lombardi T0ny lombardi - 3 months ago 30
Ruby Question

Ruby Email validation with regex

I have a large list of emails I am running through. A lot of the emails have typos. I am trying to build a string that will check valid emails.

this is what I have for regex.

def is_a_valid_email?(email)
(email =~ /^(([A-Za-z0-9]*\.+*_+)|([A-Za-z0-9]+\-+)|([A-Za-z0-9]+\+)|([A-Za-z0-9]+\+))*[A-Z‌​a-z0-9]+@{1}((\w+\-+)|(\w+\.))*\w{1,63}\.[a-zA-Z]{2,4}$/i)
end


It passes if an email as underscores and only one period. I have a lot of emails that have more then one periods in the name itself. How do I check that in regex.

hello.me_1@email.com # <~~ valid
foo.bar#gmail.co.uk # <~~~valid
f.o.o.b.a.r@gmail.com # <~~~valid
f...bar@gmail.com # <~~ not valid
get_at_m.e@gmail #<~~ valid


Can someone help me rewrite my regex ?

Answer

You seem to be complicating things a lot, I would simply use:

VALID_EMAIL_REGEX = /\A[\w+\-.]+@[a-z\d\-]+(\.[a-z]+)*\.[a-z]+\z/i

which is taken from michael hartl's rails book

since this doesn't meet your dot requirement it can simply be ammended like so:

VALID_EMAIL_REGEX = /\A([\w+\-]\.?)+@[a-z\d\-]+(\.[a-z]+)*\.[a-z]+\z/i

As mentioned by CAustin, there are many other solutions.

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