View Full Version : Applescript Is there a way to search for a time or date withi text

Aug 5, 2013, 12:53 PM
I have a script that has a repeat loop that set a variable to some text I would like to be able to search that text and different information out. like any date it contains or times.

thanks in advance for any help

Aug 7, 2013, 10:10 AM

You might want to look at the regular expressions functionality within Satimage.osax


Hope that's some help

Aug 7, 2013, 03:06 PM
thanks superscape ill check it out

Sep 4, 2013, 04:30 AM
I extracted the time using the code below
set theText to "test of extracting the time 19:30 from all of the other text"
set theOffset to offset of ":" in theText
set num to theOffset - 2
set thetime to text (theOffset + 2) thru num of theText

this works well.
couldn't work it out with the Satimage OSAX but have used it in other scripts.

Sep 20, 2013, 05:39 AM

Yep, that would work if you're confident that you'll never get text like:

"Here foo:bar blah blah blah"

In which case, your script would get a false match of "oo:ba" which clearly isn't a time. If you were to use Satimage OSAX then you could use a regular expression such as:

set theText to "test of extracting the time 19:30 from all of 19 the other text"

set theFoundTimes to find text "[0-9]{2}:[0-9]{2}" in theText with all occurrences and regexp

Which would match any two digits, a colon then another two digits. You'd probably want to tweak the regular expression to avoid things like 1234:34567 (as an example) if there's a chance they might appear in your text. Writing clever regular expressions is not my strong point!

Hope that's some help,


Sep 20, 2013, 12:35 PM
Thanks superscape (Rob) that great thanks