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Python Regular Expressions in Python Introduction to Regular Expressions Name Groups

Babak Damadi
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Babak Damadi
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re.search vs. re.findall

So when to use re.search and when to use re.findall?? Are they both going through the entire text to search for pattern?

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Gavin Ralston
Gavin Ralston
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Python 3.4 Docs for re.search

Python 3.4 Docs for re.findall

Those are links directly to the methods you're asking about in the docs.

The difference is re.search is looking for the first match in the text, and findall is looking for every individual match in the text.

Hope that helps!