Regular Expressions

Opsgenie provides opportunity of using Java-like regular expressions to strengthen filtering and extracting information to define alert fields that both can be used in integrations, alert policies and callbacks. You can extract the desired information in a more powerful way by using regular expressions on many cases.

Regular expressions can essentially be used for two purposes: Defining a filtering rule with Matches operator and extracting data to set for an alert field with extract string processing method.

Regular Expressions for Filtering with 'Matches' Rule

The conditions with Matches operator are fulfilled if whole string value matches the pattern of given regular expression. If type of the input value is List, then the condition will be matched if at least one of list items matches the given regular expression. This operator provides ability to define complex filtering in a single condition rule and reduces your dependency to already-defined condition operators. You can refer Action Filters for further information about condition operators.

The following are some examples for common use cases in which using Matches condition operator makes sense:

  • Combining multiple rules with AND/OR
    To create an alert via your email integration if the subject contains Daily Report and the message contains one of Critical, Error or Down, the following regex can be used within Matches rule:


  • Preventing duplication for similar rules
    To renotify for an alert if its description starts with one of the server names server1, server2, ..., server100, the following regular expression can be used within a single Matches rule instead of 20 Starts with rules:
  • Defining complex rules
    To run a Webhook callback if the alert message contains a valid e-mail address, the following regexp can be used:

Regular Expressions for Setting Alert Fields with 'Extract' String Processing Method

You can use extract string processing method to extract desired matching group according to given regular expression to set into an alert field. You can refer here for further information about string processing methods.

Working with extract method may require understanding of Capturing Groups to get desired results. It has two definitions:

  • field_name.extract(reg_exp): Gives part of the string that matches the first parenthesized section (group) of the given regular expression. If the string does not match the given regular expression, it returns empty string. If the given regular expression matches the string but does not contain any parenthesized sections, it returns the whole string.
  • field_name.extract(reg_exp, index): Gives the string that matches the indexth parenthesized section (group) of the given regular expression. If the string does not match the given regular expression, it returns empty string. If the given regular expression matches the string but does not contain at least index number of parenthesized sections, it returns the whole string.

The following are some examples using both method definitions:

message: Host: First Second

  • message.extract(/Host: (\S+)/) = First
  • message.extract(/Host: (\S+) (\S+)/) = First
  • message.extract(/Host:(\S+)/) = Empty value
  • message.extract(/Host: (\S+)/, 0) = Host: First Second
  • message.extract(/Host: (\S+)/, 1) = First
  • message.extract(/Host: (\S+)/, 2) = Host: First
  • message.extract(/Host: (\S+) (\S+)/, 2) = Second
  • message.extract(/(\S)+/) = Host:
  • message.extract(/\S+/) = Host:

description: some value server3

  • description.extract(/(server(100|[1-9]\d?))/)= server3
  • description.extract(/(server(100|[1-9]\d?))/, 1) = server3
  • description.extract(/(server(100|[1-9]\d?))/, 2) = 3
  • description.extract(/(server(100|[1-9]\d?))/, 3) = server3
  • description.extract(/server(100|[1-9]\d?)/, 0) = server3
  • description.extract(/server(100|[1-9]\d?)/, 1) = 3
  • description.extract(/server(100|[1-9]\d?)/, 2) = server3
  • description.extract(/(server(100|[1-9]\d?))/, 2) = 3


To be able to set the desired alert field using extract method, the written text into the Alert Field should be in one of the following patterns:

{{ field_name.extract(/reg_exp/) }}
{{ field_name.extract(/reg_exp/, group_number) }}

You can also drag a field name onto the desired alert field and then transform into the desired pattern by editting the text.

Updated about a year ago

Regular Expressions

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