stringr (version 1.4.0)

str_detect: Detect the presence or absence of a pattern in a string.


Vectorised over string and pattern. Equivalent to grepl(pattern, x). See str_which() for an equivalent to grep(pattern, x).


str_detect(string, pattern, negate = FALSE)


A logical vector.



Input vector. Either a character vector, or something coercible to one.


Pattern to look for.

The default interpretation is a regular expression, as described in stringi::stringi-search-regex. Control options with regex().

Match a fixed string (i.e. by comparing only bytes), using fixed(). This is fast, but approximate. Generally, for matching human text, you'll want coll() which respects character matching rules for the specified locale.

Match character, word, line and sentence boundaries with boundary(). An empty pattern, "", is equivalent to boundary("character").


If TRUE, return non-matching elements.

See Also

stringi::stri_detect() which this function wraps, str_subset() for a convenient wrapper around x[str_detect(x, pattern)]


Run this code
fruit <- c("apple", "banana", "pear", "pinapple")
str_detect(fruit, "a")
str_detect(fruit, "^a")
str_detect(fruit, "a$")
str_detect(fruit, "b")
str_detect(fruit, "[aeiou]")

# Also vectorised over pattern
str_detect("aecfg", letters)

# Returns TRUE if the pattern do NOT match
str_detect(fruit, "^p", negate = TRUE)

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