Adarkas2302 - 4 months ago 25

Swift Question

I have this regular expression:

`^[ 0-9A-Z] [ 0-9]{4}[0-9][/ ][ 0-9A-z]$`

and that works fine, but now I have to exclude the 0 in the construct

`[ 0-9]{4}[0-9]`

The string

`A 0/A`

The string

`A 10/A`

So I have to check if the first occurrence of a number in the second group is a

`0`

How can I do that?

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Answer

So I have to check if the first occurrence of a number in the second group is a 0 or not.

I think you need a negative lookahead:

```
^[ 0-9A-Z] (?! *0)[ 0-9]{4}[0-9][/ ][ 0-9A-Za-z]$
^^^^^^^
```

See the regex demo.

Since the `[ 0-9]{4}[0-9]`

matches 4 digits or spaces (there may be just 4 spaces) and the `[0-9]`

matches a digit *obligatorily*, the `(?! *0)`

will make sure that the pattern above does not match just spaces followed with a `0`

.