There are some things that I wish were easier with the stringr or stringi packages. The foremost of these is the extraction of numbers from strings. stringr makes you figure out the regex for yourself; strex takes care of this for you. There are many more useful functionalities in strex. In particular, there’s a match_arg() function which is more flexible than the base match.arg(). Contributions to this package are encouraged: it is intended as a miscellany of string manipulation functions which cannot be found in stringi or stringr.

The github repo of strex is at


You can install the release version of strex from CRAN with:

You can install the development version of strex from GitHub with:

How to use the package

The following articles contain all you need to get going: