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Fi Di Regex

Diacritic RegExp builder.

Build a diacritic insensitive regular expression ideal to match names when making searches.

This module exists thanks to this project.


npm i fi-di-regex


const diregex = require('fi-di-regex');
const regex = diregex.build('juan', { flags: 'gi' }); // /j[uùúûü][aàáâãäå][nñńņǹ]/gi
regex.test('Juán'); // true


Options Type Description
string Boolean Whether to return a String instead of a RegExp.
upper Boolean Whether to return an uppercase String or RegExp.
lower Boolean Whether to return a lowercase String or RegExp.
flags String Any valid RegExp flags.
mappings Object Mappings to merge with the default ones. If a property with the same name of an existing mapping is passed, it will overwrite the default completely.

Use Case

Assume we are looking for an employee named Juán but the user isn't aware that computers are not diacritic insensitive.

There will be no results and this is will really annoy our user.

With this library you can create a regex that will match juan with Juán as expected by the user:

diregex.build('juan', { flags: 'gi' }); // /j[uùúûü][aàáâãäå][nñńņǹ]/gi

Our user is happy again.

A Note On Mappings

We've taken the time to map many of the diacritic equivalents on multiple letters but there may be some missing or unnecessary. If you happen to found either a missing or unnecessary mapping, then please open an issue or, better yet, open a pull request.

Every little bit counts.

Current Mappings

  a: 'aàáâãäå',
  C: 'CÇĆĈČ',
  c: 'cçćĉč',
  e: 'eèéêëęě',
  I: 'IÌÍÎÏ',
  i: 'iìíîï',
  N: 'NÑŃŅǸ',
  n: 'nñńņǹ',
  o: 'oòóôõöø',
  S: 'SŚŜŞŠ',
  s: 'sśŝşš',
  U: 'UÙÚÛÜ',
  u: 'uùúûü',
  Y: 'YÝŸŶỲ',
  y: 'yýÿŷỳ',
  Z: '',
  z: ''


There is a bug in V8 which is not matching Ÿ with ÿ when the i flag is set.

Please see https://bugs.chromium.org/p/v8/issues/detail?id=6940 for details.


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