How to find out which named regular expression group corresponds to which positional regex group

Damien Wyart damien.wyart at
Wed Apr 8 15:32:43 CEST 2015

* Mattias Ugelvik <uglemat at> in comp.lang.python:
> I'm making a string manipulation tool in which I need to know this
> correlation.
> Take this example: re.match('(?P<first>a?)(?P<second>b?)', '')
> I need to know that 'first' is group #1, and 'second' is group #2.
> I need this to resolve certain ambiguities.

Building a mapping between the results of groups and groupdict on the
match object should be quite straightforward.


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