scala / scala-parser-combinators

simple combinator-based parsing for Scala. formerly part of the Scala standard library, now a separate community-maintained module


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Scala Standard Parser Combinator Library

This library is now community-maintained. If you are interested in helping please contact @gourlaysama or mention it on Gitter.

As of Scala 2.11, this library is a separate jar that can be omitted from Scala projects that do not use Parser Combinators.


Adding an SBT dependency

To depend on scala-parser-combinators in SBT, add something like this to your build.sbt:

libraryDependencies += "org.scala-lang.modules" %% "scala-parser-combinators" % "1.1.1"

To support multiple Scala versions, see the example in scala/scala-module-dependency-sample.


import scala.util.parsing.combinator._

case class WordFreq(word: String, count: Int) {
  override def toString = s"Word <$word> occurs with frequency $count"

class SimpleParser extends RegexParsers {
  def word: Parser[String]   = """[a-z]+""".r       ^^ { _.toString }
  def number: Parser[Int]    = """(0|[1-9]\d*)""".r ^^ { _.toInt }
  def freq: Parser[WordFreq] = word ~ number        ^^ { case wd ~ fr => WordFreq(wd,fr) }

object TestSimpleParser extends SimpleParser {
  def main(args: Array[String]) = {
    parse(freq, "johnny 121") match {
      case Success(matched,_) => println(matched)
      case Failure(msg,_) => println(s"FAILURE: $msg")
      case Error(msg,_) => println(s"ERROR: $msg")

For a detailed unpacking of this example see Getting Started.

ScalaJS support

Scala-parser-combinators directly supports Scala.js 0.6+:

libraryDependencies += "org.scala-lang.modules" %%% "scala-parser-combinators" % "1.1.1"


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