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Get the first letter of each word in a string using regex in Java

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  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 13 Jul, 2022
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Given a string, extract the first letter of each word in it. “Words” are defined as contiguous strings of alphabetic characters i.e. any upper or lower case characters a-z or A-Z. Examples:

Input : Geeks for geeks
Output :Gfg
Input : United Kingdom
Output : UK

Below is the Regular expression to extract the first letter of each word. It uses ‘/b'(one of boundary matchers). Please refer How to write Regular Expressions? to learn it.



// Java program to demonstrate extracting first
// letter of each word using Regex
import java.util.regex.Matcher;
import java.util.regex.Pattern;
public class Test {
    static void printFirst(String s)
        Pattern p = Pattern.compile("\\b[a-zA-Z]");
        Matcher m = p.matcher(s);
        while (m.find())
    public static void main(String[] args)
        String s1 = "Geeks for Geeks";
        String s2 = "A Computer Science Portal for Geeks";



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