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Regex.Replace Method (String, String)

Within a specified input string, replaces all strings that match a regular expression pattern with a specified replacement string.

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

Public Function Replace ( _
	input As String, _
	replacement As String _
) As String
Dim instance As Regex
Dim input As String
Dim replacement As String
Dim returnValue As String

returnValue = instance.Replace(input, replacement)
public String Replace (
	String input, 
	String replacement
public function Replace (
	input : String, 
	replacement : String
) : String
Not applicable.



The string to search for a match.


The replacement string.

Return Value

A new string that is identical to the input string, except that a replacement string takes the place of each matched string.

Exception typeCondition


input is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


replacement is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

The search for matches starts at the beginning of the input parameter string. The regular expression is the pattern defined by the constructor for the current Regex object.

The following code example demonstrates the Regex.Replace method.

' This code example demonstrates the System.Text.Regular-
' Expressions.Regex.Replace(String, String) method.

Imports System
Imports System.Text.RegularExpressions

Class Sample
    Public Shared Sub Main() 
        ' Create a regular expression that matches a series of one 
        ' or more white spaces.
        Dim pattern As String = "\s+"
        Dim rgx As New Regex(pattern)
        ' Declare a string consisting of text and white spaces.
        Dim inputStr As String = "a   b   c   d"
        ' Replace runs of white space in the input string with a
        ' comma and a blank.
        Dim outputStr As String = rgx.Replace(inputStr, ", ")
        ' Display the resulting string.
        Console.WriteLine("Pattern:       ""{0}""", pattern)
        Console.WriteLine("Input string:  ""{0}""", inputStr)
        Console.WriteLine("Output string: ""{0}""", outputStr)
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample

'This code example produces the following results:
'Pattern:       "\s+"
'Input string:  "a   b   c   d"
'Output string: "a, b, c, d"

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The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0