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MatchEvaluator Delegate

Represents the method that is called each time a regular expression match is found during a Replace method operation.

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

public delegate string MatchEvaluator(
	Match match


Type: System.Text.RegularExpressions.Match
The Match object that represents a single regular expression match during a Replace method operation.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A string returned by the method that is represented by the MatchEvaluator delegate.

You can use a MatchEvaluator delegate method to perform a custom verification or manipulation operation for each match found by a replacement method such as Regex.Replace(String, MatchEvaluator). For each matched string, the Replace method calls the MatchEvaluator delegate method with a Match object that represents the match. The delegate method performs whatever processing you prefer and returns a string that the Replace method substitutes for the matched string.

The following code example uses the MatchEvaluator delegate to replace every matched group of characters with the number of the match occurrence.

using System;
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;

class MyClass
   static void Main(string[] args)
      string sInput, sRegex;

      // The string to search.
      sInput = "aabbccddeeffcccgghhcccciijjcccckkcc";

      // A very simple regular expression.
      sRegex = "cc";

      Regex r = new Regex(sRegex);
      MyClass c = new MyClass();

      // Assign the replace method to the MatchEvaluator delegate.
      MatchEvaluator myEvaluator = new MatchEvaluator(c.ReplaceCC);
      // Write out the original string.

      // Replace matched characters using the delegate method.
      sInput = r.Replace(sInput, myEvaluator);

      // Write out the modified string.

   public string ReplaceCC(Match m)
   // Replace each Regex cc match with the number of the occurrence.
      return i.ToString() + i.ToString();		
   public static int i=0;
// The example displays the following output:
//       aabbccddeeffcccgghhcccciijjcccckkcc
//       aabb11ddeeff22cgghh3344iijj5566kk77

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.