There are situations when we need to find if our string contains numbers, lowercase letter, uppercase letter, special character etc. One such example is password. In order to define its strength, we create a protocol on the length of password as well as the characters it contains. To determine that we need to check the string if it contains required characters.

In this article we are going to learn about the regex methods provided by Java. We will also create a method based on loop to check character by character.

Code Example 1: Check digit in string

In this code, we will write a java method which can detect if the string contains a digit.

public boolean checkIfStringContainsDigit(String passCode){
  for (int i = 0; i < passCode.length(); i++) {
    if(Character.isDigit(passCode.charAt(i))) {
        return true;
  return false;

Here we have created a method checkIfStringContainsDigit which accepts a string parameter passCode. It then loops over the length of the string and check each character if that is a digit using isDigit method from Character class. Our method returns true as soon as it finds the first digit or return false after the loop ends.

Code Example 2: Using regex

Now we will check how java regex could be used to look into the string for different kinds of characters.

public int multiChecker(String pass){
    int passwordStrength = 0;
    int conditionsFulfilled = 0;

    if (Pattern.compile("[0-9]").matcher(pass).find()) {
        passwordStrength = passwordStrength + 10;

        conditionsFulfilled += 1;

    if (Pattern.compile("[a-z]").matcher(pass).find()) {
        passwordStrength = passwordStrength + 5;
        conditionsFulfilled += 1;

    if (Pattern.compile("[A-Z]").matcher(pass).find()) {
        passwordStrength = passwordStrength + 15;
        conditionsFulfilled += 1;

    return passwordStrength + (conditionsFulfilled * 5);

In the above code we have created a method multiChecker which accepts a string parameter pass. The purpose of this code is to check if pass contains digits, lowercase and uppercase letters. Accordingly we are determining the strength of password as well as the number of conditions fulfilled.

For this we are using Pattern and matcher functionality. It compiles the provided regex and then match it with the string.

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