Description:

Updates the content of a FlowFile by evaluating a Regular Expression (regex) against it and replacing the section of the content that matches the Regular Expression with some alternate value.

Tags:

Text, Regular Expression, Update, Change, Replace, Modify, Regex

Properties:

In the list below, the names of required properties appear in bold. Any other properties (not in bold) are considered optional. The table also indicates any default values, and whether a property supports the NiFi Expression Language.

NameDefault ValueAllowable ValuesDescription
Search Value(?s)(^.*$)The Search Value to search for in the FlowFile content. Only used for 'Literal Replace' and 'Regex Replace' matching strategies
Supports Expression Language: true
Replacement Value$1The value to insert using the 'Replacement Strategy'. Using "Regex Replace" back-references to Regular Expression capturing groups are supported, but back-references that reference capturing groups that do not exist in the regular expression will be treated as literal value. Back References may also be referenced using the Expression Language, as '$1', '$2', etc. The single-tick marks MUST be included, as these variables are not "Standard" attribute names (attribute names must be quoted unless they contain only numbers, letters, and _).
Supports Expression Language: true
Character SetUTF-8The Character Set in which the file is encoded
Maximum Buffer Size1 MBSpecifies the maximum amount of data to buffer (per file or per line, depending on the Evaluation Mode) in order to apply the replacement. If 'Entire Text' (in Evaluation Mode) is selected and the FlowFile is larger than this value, the FlowFile will be routed to 'failure'. In 'Line-by-Line' Mode, if a single line is larger than this value, the FlowFile will be routed to 'failure'. A default value of 1 MB is provided, primarily for 'Entire Text' mode. In 'Line-by-Line' Mode, a value such as 8 KB or 16 KB is suggested. This value is ignored if the <Replacement Strategy> property is set to one of: Append, Prepend, Always Replace
Replacement StrategyRegex Replace
  • Prepend Insert the Replacement Value at the beginning of the FlowFile or the beginning of each line (depending on the Evaluation Mode). For "Line-by-Line" Evaluation Mode, the value will be prepended to each line. For "Entire Text" evaluation mode, the value will be prepended to the entire text.
  • Append Insert the Replacement Value at the end of the FlowFile or the end of each line (depending on the Evaluation Mode). For "Line-by-Line" Evaluation Mode, the value will be appended to each line. For "Entire Text" evaluation mode, the value will be appended to the entire text.
  • Regex Replace Interpret the Search Value as a Regular Expression and replace all matches with the Replacement Value. The Replacement Value may reference Capturing Groups used in the Search Value by using a dollar-sign followed by the Capturing Group number, such as $1 or $2. If the Search Value is set to .* then everything is replaced without even evaluating the Regular Expression.
  • Literal Replace Search for all instances of the Search Value and replace the matches with the Replacement Value.
  • Always Replace Always replaces the entire line or the entire contents of the FlowFile (depending on the value of the <Evaluation Mode> property) and does not bother searching for any value. When this strategy is chosen, the <Search Value> property is ignored.
The strategy for how and what to replace within the FlowFile's text content.
Evaluation ModeEntire text
  • Line-by-Line
  • Entire text
Run the 'Replacement Strategy' against each line separately (Line-by-Line) or buffer the entire file into memory (Entire Text) and run against that.

Relationships:

NameDescription
successFlowFiles that have been successfully processed are routed to this relationship. This includes both FlowFiles that had text replaced and those that did not.
failureFlowFiles that could not be updated are routed to this relationship

Reads Attributes:

None specified.

Writes Attributes:

None specified.

State management:

This processor has no state management.

Restricted: