Replacing substrings using Regex in C# .NET: string cleaning example

We often need to sanitize string inputs where the input value is out of our control. Some of those inputs can come with unwanted characters. The following method using Regex removes all non-alphanumeric characters except for ‘@’, ‘-‘ and ‘.’:

private static string RemoveNonAlphaNumericCharacters(String input)
	return Regex.Replace(input, @"[^\w\.@-]", string.Empty);

Calling this method like…

string cleanString = RemoveNonAlphaNumericCharacters("()h{e??l#'l>>o<<");

…returns “hello”.

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About Andras Nemes
I'm a .NET/Java developer living and working in Stockholm, Sweden.

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