Java RegEx - Illegal character dot

String filter = "a-zA-Z0-9äöüÄÖÜß-\\.";
"^[^" + filter + "]*$", ""

inputtext.replaceAll("^[^" + filter + "]*$", "");

This Java RegEx filter should remove all characters from inputtext except the characters in filter, but I'm getting an exception that says that the dot is not allowed. I already escaped the dot with two slashes. What's wrong?


Move the - to the end:

String filter = "a-zA-Z0-9äöüÄÖÜß.-";

A dash indicates a character range and a dot is not a valid end of a range. You also do not want to define a range there. Moving it to the end solves the problem.

Btw. if you want to remove all characters that do not match your filter you need to change the replace:

inputtext = inputtext.replaceAll("[^" + filter + "]", "");

the way you have it, it will only replace if all characters are not in that class.

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