Regex validation for removing invalid characters in Android.

By | July 14, 2011

This is a simple example in Android to allow only valid characters to enter in a textBox or EditText.

I am using this regex pattern to allow only valid characters.

“^[a-z_A-Z0-9 ]*$”;

This expression allows only characters from a-z, A-Z and numbers from 0-9 and a ‘ ‘(space) character.
Here is the java code

package pack.coderzheaven;

import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;
import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.Toast;

public class RegexDemo extends Activity {
	EditText tbox;
	Button but;
    @Override
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setContentView(R.layout.main);
        tbox = (EditText)findViewById(R.id.EditText01);
        but  = (Button)findViewById(R.id.Button01);
        but.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {
			@Override
			public void onClick(View v) {
				if(isValid(tbox.getText().toString().trim())){
					Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Text entered is OK.", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
				}else{
					Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Oops!! Text entered is Invalid.", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
				}
			}
		});
    }
    public static boolean isValid(String str)
	{
	    	boolean isValid = false;
	    	String expression = "^[a-z_A-Z0-9 ]*$";
	    	CharSequence inputStr = str;
	    	Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(expression);
	    	Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(inputStr);
	    	if(matcher.matches())
	    	{
	    		isValid = true;
	    	}
	    	return isValid;
	 }
}

Main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:orientation="vertical"
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="fill_parent"
    >
<TextView
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:text="@string/hello"
    />
<EditText
	android:text=""
	android:hint="enter some text"
	android:id="@+id/EditText01"
	android:layout_width="fill_parent"
	android:layout_height="wrap_content">
</EditText>
<Button
	android:text="Test"
	android:id="@+id/Button01"
	android:layout_width="wrap_content"
	android:layout_height="wrap_content">
</Button>
</LinearLayout>

Strings.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<resources>
    <string name="hello">Regex invalid character validation from <b>CoderzHeaven.</b></string>
    <string name="app_name">Regex Validation Demo From CoderzHeaven</string>
</resources>
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