20 Mar

Working with EditPlus Text Editor-Regular Expression How To

Editplus is a lot better than the regular text editor, Notepad.
From all it’s features I like RegExp Support the most, and than comes the block select feature.
Here are the quick lines to carry out regular tasks using regular expression in Editplus. It’s kinda downloadable cheetsheet list.

Remove all empty lines:

Find: “^\n” (Ignore double-quotes in all find/replace)
Replace: “”
Where,
^ – Beginning of the line
\n – New Line

Remove Multiple Spaces convert into single space:

Find: ” +”
Replace: ” “
Where,
+ – find one or more occurance of space character.

Comment multiple line of code:

Find: “^”
Replace: “#” or “//”
You may optionally use: Edit Menu > Format > Line Comment.
Generate Comma Separated List from new line delimited list:

Find: “\n”
Replace: “, “
This helps in even joining some of lines of code instead of replacing by comma you may replace it with “”.

Manipulate columns display order / punctuation:

Find: “([0-9]+)\t([a-zA-Z]+)”
Replace: “\2\t\1”
Where,
[0-9]+ – Finds one or more digits
[a-zA-Z]+ – Finds one or more characters
() – mark the block or capture the group
\2 – 2nd mark expression
Eg:
123 abc
345 cde
567 efg
Becomes:
abc 123
cde 345
efg 567
The Other Way:
– Press Alt+C
– Drag you mouse to select respective column and click
– Copy / Cut as required

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Append / Add semicolon (any character) at the end of the line:

Find: “\n”
Replace: “;\n”

Enclose lines by quotes:

Find: “\n”
Replace: “‘\n'”

Delete all lines containing a given STRING:

Find: “^.*STRING.*$”
Replace: “”

Remove lines not containing a given STRING:

I don’t know how to do this!! 🙂

Convert tab separated file into insert statements:

TSV: abcd de4 iirn 34399
SQL: INSERT INTO TABLENAME VALUES (“abcd”, “de4”, “iirn”,”34399″);
Find: “(.*)\t(.*)\t(.*)\t(.*)”
Replace: “INSERT INTO TABLENAME VALUES (“\1”, “\2”, “\3″,”\4″);”

Format the telephone number:

Find: “([0-9][0-9][0-9])([0-9][0-9][0-9])([0-9].*)”
Replace: “\1-\2-\3”
Eg.:

Original: 1231231231
Formatted-1: 123-123-1231

Remove Brackets:

Find: “\(|\)”
Replace: “”
Where,
\( – Match (. \ is required to escape marking the expression.
| – or

Replace 1st occurrence of character:

Find: ” (.*)”
Replace: “-\1”
Where,
(.*) – matches everything and marks the block
** Make sure you ignore double-quotes(“) while writing in find / replace boxes.

EditPlus supports following regular expressions in Find, Replace and Find in Files command.

Expression – Description
  • \t – Tab character.
  • \n – New line.
  • . – Matches any character.
  • | – Either expression on its left and right side matches the target string.
  • [] – Any of the enclosed characters may match the target character.
  • [^] – None of the enclosed characters may match the target character.
  • * – Character to the left of asterisk in the expression should match 0 or more times.
  • + – Character to the left of plus sign in the expression should match 1 or more times.
  • ? – Character to the left of question mark in the expression should match 0 or 1 time.
  • ^ – Expression to the right of ^ matches only when it is at the beginning of line.
  • $ – Expression to the left of $ matches only when it is at the end of line.
  • () – Affects evaluation order of expression and also used for tagged expression.
  • \ – Escape character. If you want to use character “\” itself, you should use “\\”.

Notable Features of Editplus are :

  • Spell checking
  • Regex-based find & replace
  • Encoding conversion
  • Newline conversion
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Multiple undo/redo
  • Rectangular block selection
  • Auto indentation
  • Code folding (Text folding)

Download pdf: Editplus-RegExp.

58 thoughts on “Working with EditPlus Text Editor-Regular Expression How To

  1. Hi ..First of all thanks for the beautiful articles on Edit Plus .

    I want to autoconvert the case for sql syntax

    Like SeleCT * from
    if I write like something above it should be autocased to

    SELECT * FROM as SELECT and from are the keywords

  2. Hello,
    i have a list of thousands line like this:
    some text here some other text here
    some text here some other text here
    some text here some other text here
    some text here some other text here

    Is there a way to delete the codes between the “” “” to obtain this?
    some text here some other text here
    some text here some other text here
    some text here some other text here
    some text here some other text here

  3. I need to delete all characters between two (2) known strings. and (I have hundreds of HTML pages with hundreds of instances on each page… please HELP!)

    Example:
    FIND: #footnote15 misc characters not[ always the () same 12
    REPLACE: Everything between the ” and the ”
    I can easily search and replace the leftover “” later.

    • (Let me try this again… <sup> and </sup> Characters were omitted in my first post!)
      I need to delete all characters between two (2) known strings. <sup> and </sup> (I have hundreds of HTML pages with hundreds of instances on each page… please HELP!)

      Example:
      FIND: <sup> #footnote15 misc characters not[ always the () same 12 </sup>
      REPLACE: Everything between the ‘<sup>’ and the ‘</sup>’
      I can easily search and replace the leftover “<sup></sup>” later.

      • Not sure exactly but see if this is what you want:
        Find: .*\r\n
        Replace:

        If \r\n doesn’t work, try with only \n

        If not, share more.
        Cheers.

  4. HI,
    Iam using editplus,in this when i press space button it is showing dot at before of everyword,could anybody help me plz,how can i remove the dots.
    eg:version:(dot)(dot)(dot)1

    • Too late to answer i guess! Did you find your answer? Did you somehow messed up in your space charter settings somewhere? care to share?

      Regards.

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