Create a javascript regular expression for matching everything except for the given string.
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Create a javascript regular expression for matching everything except for the given string.

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Install with npm:

$ npm install --save regex-not


var not = require('regex-not');

The main export is a function that takes a string an options object.

not(string[, options]);


var not = require('regex-not');
//=> /^(?:(?!^(?:foo)$).)+$/

Strict matching

By default, the returned regex is for strictly (not) matching the exact given pattern (in other words, "match this string if it does NOT exactly equal foo"):

var re = not('foo');
console.log(re.test('foo'));     //=> false
console.log(re.test('bar'));     //=> true
console.log(re.test('foobar'));  //=> true
console.log(re.test('barfoo'));  //=> true


Returns a string to allow you to create your own regex:

//=> '(?:(?!^(?:foo)$).)+'



You can relax strict matching by setting options.contains to true (in other words, "match this string if it does NOT contain foo"):

var re = not('foo');
console.log(re.test('foo', {contains: true}));     //=> false
console.log(re.test('bar', {contains: true}));     //=> true
console.log(re.test('foobar', {contains: true}));  //=> false
console.log(re.test('barfoo', {contains: true}));  //=> false


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