Java Regex for US Zip Code Validation

This java regex tutorial will teach us to use regular expressions to validate USA zip codes. You can modify the regex to suit it for any other format as well.

1. Valid US ZIP Code Pattern

US ZIP code (U.S. postal code) allows both the five-digit and nine-digit (called ZIP + 4) formats.

E.g. a valid postal code should match 12345 and 12345-6789, but not 1234, 123456, 123456789, or 1234-56789.

Regex : ^[0-9]{5}(?:-[0-9]{4})?$

^           # Assert position at the beginning of the string.
[0-9]{5}    # Match a digit, exactly five times.
(?:         # Group but don't capture:
  -         #   Match a literal "-".
  [0-9]{4}  #   Match a digit, exactly four times.
)           # End the non-capturing group.
  ?         #   Make the group optional.
$           # Assert position at the end of the string.

2. US Zip Code Validation Example

List<String> zips = new ArrayList<String>();
//Valid ZIP codes
zips.add("12345");     //true
zips.add("12345-6789");   //true

//Invalid ZIP codes
zips.add("123456");   //false
zips.add("1234");    //false
zips.add("12345-678");  //false
zips.add("12345-67890");  //false

String regex = "^[0-9]{5}(?:-[0-9]{4})?$";

Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(regex);

for (String zip : zips)
	Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(zip);

That was pretty easy, right? Drop me your questions related to how to validate the US zip code using regular expressions.

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