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Python | Test if number is valid Excel column
  • Last Updated : 22 Apr, 2020

Sometimes, while working with Python strings, we can have a problem in which we need to test for string if its a valid excel column. This has application in many domains including day-day programming, web development and Data Science. Lets discuss certain way in which this task can be performed.

Method : Using re.match() + group()
The combination of above functions can be used to perform this task. In this, we perform regex match() to match with the potential updated excel version which have A-XDF, and starts with 0-9 followed by 0-6 characters not exceeding 1048576. The groupby() is used to group the elements on that basis.

# Python3 code to demonstrate working of 
# Test if number is valid Excel column
# Using re.match() + groupby()
import re
# initializing string
test_str = "C101"
# printing original string
print("The original string is : " + test_str)
# Test if number is valid Excel column
# Using re.match() + groupby()
temp = re.match(r'^([A-Z]{1, 2}|[A-W][A-Z]{2}|X[A-E][A-Z]|XF[A-D])([1-9]\d{0, 6})$', test_str)
res = bool(temp) and int( < 1048577
# printing result 
print("Is string valid excel column : " + str(res)) 
Output :
The original string is : C101
Is string valid excel column : True

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