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Regex for Gender

Regex for Gender

Age of a person validation using regex is achieved in this case to check if the age is above 18 years or above (until a maximum of 99 years). In this article let's understand how we can create a regex for gender and how regex can be matched for gender values.

Regex (short for regular expression) is a powerful tool used for searching and manipulating text. It is composed of a sequence of characters that define a search pattern. Regex can be used to find patterns in large amounts of text, validate user input, and manipulate strings. It is widely used in programming languages, text editors, and command line tools.

Conditions to match a Gender value

The value has to be one of the following-

  • Male
  • Female
  • Other

Regex for checking if its a valid Gender value

Regular Expression-

/^(?:male|female|other)$/igm

Test string examples for the above regex-

Input StringMatch Output
ma11does not match
femalematches
1does not match
malematches
othermatches

Here is a detailed explanation of the above regex-

/^(?:male|female|other)$/igm

^ asserts position at start of a line
Non-capturing group (?:male|female|other)
1st Alternative male
male matches the characters male literally (case insensitive)
2nd Alternative female
female matches the characters female literally (case insensitive)
3rd Alternative other
other matches the characters other literally (case insensitive)
$ asserts position at the end of a line
Global pattern flags
i modifier: insensitive. Case insensitive match (ignores case of [a-zA-Z])
g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)
m modifier: multi line. Causes ^ and $ to match the begin/end of each line (not only begin/end of string)

Hope this article was useful to check the validity of a gender value using regex. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to comment below.