Regexesedit

Regular expression constants are directly supported. To ensure fast performance, this is the only mechanism for creating patterns. Regular expressions are always constants and compiled efficiently a single time.

Pattern p = /[aeiou]/

Pattern flagsedit

You can define flags on patterns in Painless by adding characters after the trailing / like /foo/i or /foo \w #comment/iUx. Painless exposes all of the flags from Java’s Pattern class using these characters:

CharacterJava ConstantExample

c

CANON_EQ

'å' ==~ /å/c (open in hex editor to see)

i

CASE_INSENSITIVE

'A' ==~ /a/i

l

LITERAL

'[a]' ==~ /[a]/l

m

MULTILINE

'a\nb\nc' =~ /^b$/m

s

DOTALL (aka single line)

'a\nb\nc' =~ /.b./s

U

UNICODE_CHARACTER_CLASS

'Ɛ' ==~ /\\w/U

u

UNICODE_CASE

'Ɛ' ==~ /ɛ/iu

x

COMMENTS (aka extended)

'a' ==~ /a #comment/x