How to match a string with pythons regex with optional character, but only if that optional character is preceded by another character


I need to match a string that optionally ends with numbers, but only if the numbers aren’t preceded by a 0.

so AAAA should match, AAA1 should, AA20 should, but AA02 should not.

I can figure out the optionality of it, but I’m not sure if python has a "preceded by" or "followed by" flag.

if s.isalnum() and re.match("^[A-Z]+[1-9][0-9]*$", s):
        return True
Asked By: Kaden Hansen





Regex demo.

^[A-Z]+ – match letters from the beginning of string

(?:[1-9][0-9]*)? – optionally match a number that doesn’t start from 0

$ – end of string

Answered By: Andrej Kesely
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