Java - check if string contains any numbers

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In this article, we would like to show you how to check if a string contains any numbers in Java.

Practical example

In this example, we use a regular expression (regex) with Pattern.matcher() to check if the strings contain any numbers.

import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;

public class Example {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String text = "ab123cd";

        String regex = ".*\\d.*";  // regex to check if string contains any numbers
        Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(regex);  // compiles the regex

        // find match between given string and pattern
        Matcher matcherText = pattern.matcher(text);

        // return true if the string matched the regex
        Boolean textMatches = matcherText.matches();

        System.out.println(textMatches);  // true



2. Using Character.isDigit()

In this example, we create a function that loops through the string and checks if any character is a digit with Character.isDigit(char ch) method.

Practical example:

public class Example {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String letters = "ABCD";
        String numbers = "1234";
        String mixed = "a12b";

        System.out.println(containsNumbers(letters));     // false
        System.out.println(containsNumbers(numbers));     // true
        System.out.println(containsNumbers(mixed));       // true

    public static boolean containsNumbers(String string) {
        if (string == null || string.isEmpty()) {
            return false;
        for (int i = 0; i < string.length(); ++i) {
            if (Character.isDigit(string.charAt(i))) {
                return true;
        return false;


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