Padrus Padrus - 3 months ago 14
Java Question

Extract ip addresses from Strings using regex

In an application, I get strings containing IP Addresses but these string have no precise format.
All we know is that these strings may contain an IP address.

here's an example of what the string can look like :


  • "XPSPort"

  • "IP_10.29.167.187"

  • "10.29.166.193"



I would like to get a Java code that extracts the ip address of the string if there is one or that returns "" if the string doesn't contain an ip address.

I tried this code but it doesn't work :

String IPADDRESS_PATTERN =
"^([01]?\\d\\d?|2[0-4]\\d|25[0-5])\\." +
"([01]?\\d\\d?|2[0-4]\\d|25[0-5])\\." +
"([01]?\\d\\d?|2[0-4]\\d|25[0-5])\\." +
"([01]?\\d\\d?|2[0-4]\\d|25[0-5])$";

Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(IPADDRESS_PATTERN);
Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(ipString);
if (matcher.find()) {
return matcher.group();
}
else{
return "0.0.0.0";
}


I'm pretty sure using RegExp is the best way to achieve that but I'm not very good with these so can someone help me find the good RegExp?

Thanks in advance.

Answer

Richard's link helped me find the answer. here's the working code :

String IPADDRESS_PATTERN = 
        "(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\\.){3}(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)";

Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(IPADDRESS_PATTERN);
Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(ipString);
if (matcher.find()) {
    return matcher.group();
} else{
    return "0.0.0.0";
}