Apr 222012

Had to throw this together to handle some command line input for a little something I was toying with. It does the job I needed.

   * Splits a String into individual words or a quoted substring and puts the
   * resulting String elements into a String array. I.e. a string like: This
   * is a "sample string" would result in an array like
   * {This, is, a, sample string}
   * @param input A String to parse into an array
   * @return A String array of the parsed input
  public String[] parse(String input) {

    String[] result   = null;
    List list = new ArrayList<>();
    Matcher matcher   = Pattern.compile("([^\"]\\S*|\".+?\")\\s*").matcher(input);

    while (matcher.find()) {

    result = new String[list.size()];

    for(int i=0; i< list.size(); i++) {
      result[i] = this.stripQuotes(list.get(i));

    return result;

   * Removes double quotes from a String
   * @param input A string that may contain double quotes to remove
   * @return A String with no double quotes
  private String stripQuotes(String input) {
    return input.replaceAll("\"", "");
 Posted by at 11:59 am