Matches Method (String, Int32)

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Searches the specified input string for all occurrences of a regular expression, beginning at the specified starting position in the string.

Namespace:  System.Text.RegularExpressions
Assembly:  System.Text.RegularExpressions (in System.Text.RegularExpressions.dll)

public MatchCollection Matches(
	string input,
	int startat


Type: System..::..String
The string to search for a match.
Type: System..::..Int32
The character position in the input string at which to start the search.

Return Value

Type: System.Text.RegularExpressions..::..MatchCollection
A collection of the Match objects found by the search. If no matches are found, the method returns an empty collection object.

The Matches(String, Int32) method is similar to the Match(String, Int32) method, except that it returns information about all the matches found in the input string, instead of a single match.

The regular expression pattern for which the Matches(String, Int32) method searches is defined by the call to one of the Regex class constructors.

The Matches method uses lazy evaluation to populate the returned MatchCollection object. Accessing members of this collection such as MatchCollection..::..Count and MatchCollection..::..CopyTo causes the collection to be populated immediately. To take advantage of lazy evaluation, you should iterate the collection by using a construct such as foreach in C# and For EachNext in Visual Basic.

Because of its lazy evaluation, calling the Matches(String, Int32) method does not throw a RegexMatchTimeoutException exception. However, the exception is thrown when an operation is performed on the MatchCollection object returned by this method, if the MatchTimeout property is not Regex.InfiniteMatchTimeout and a matching operation exceeds the time-out interval..