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A micro-library for Clojure that provides first class support for accessing the values of named-capturing groups in regular expressions. It has no dependencies, other than on Clojure and the JVM versions it supports, and is only around 100 lines of code.

Does rencg work on older JVMs that don't have the .namedGroups() API?

Yes. On older (pre v20) JVMs, rencg gracefully degrades by manually parsing regexes to determine the named capturing groups.

Why not rufoa/named-re?

Because that library monkey patches core Clojure, which may break other code.


rencg is available as a Maven artifact from Clojars.

Trying it Out

Clojure CLI

$ clj -Sdeps '{:deps {com.github.pmonks/rencg {:mvn/version "RELEASE"}}}'


$ lein try com.github.pmonks/rencg


$ deps-try com.github.pmonks/rencg


API documentation is available here, or here on cljdoc, and the unit tests are also worth perusing to see worked examples.

Contributor Information

Contributing Guidelines

Bug Tracker

Code of Conduct

Developer Workflow

This project uses the git-flow branching strategy, and the permanent branches are called release and dev, and any changes to the release branch are considered a release and auto-deployed (JARs to Clojars, API docs to GitHub Pages, etc.).

For this reason, all development must occur either in branch dev, or (preferably) in temporary branches off of dev. All PRs from forked repos must also be submitted against dev; the release branch is only updated from dev via PRs created by the core development team. All other changes submitted to release will be rejected.

Build Tasks

rencg uses You can get a list of available tasks by running:

clojure -A:deps -T:build help/doc

Of particular interest are:

  • clojure -T:build test - run the unit tests
  • clojure -T:build lint - run the linters (clj-kondo and eastwood)
  • clojure -T:build ci - run the full CI suite (check for outdated dependencies, run the unit tests, run the linters)
  • clojure -T:build install - build the JAR and install it locally (e.g. so you can test it with downstream code)

Please note that the release and deploy tasks are restricted to the core development team (and will not function if you run them yourself).


Copyright © 2023 Peter Monks

Distributed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

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