REGEX_EXTRACT 3-digits from string

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8 - Airtable Astronomer
8 - Airtable Astronomer

Being no formula expert, I am assuming that the new REGEX_EXTRACT formula function would be a good way to achieve the following.

I want to extract three digits from a name field. These three digits are always in the same place after an underscore.

Name Field: DAM301_010 POWERHOUSE
Extraction Formula Field: 010

Name Field: DAM204_115 DROP THE BALL
Extraction Formula Field: 115

I apologize if this seems extremely simple and obvious to the pros, but for a formula layman, it’s anything but. :winking_face:

Thank you so much in advance.

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In Airtable, regular expressions cannot do “look behind” matches, so you need to extract the underscore character along with the digits. Then you can remove the _ character. You can also use REGEX_MATCH to test if the pattern is found to avoid #ERROR! when there is not match.

Note: this formula will extract all the digits immediately following the underscore, not just the first three.

  REGEX_MATCH({Name Field}, "_\\d+"),
    REGEX_EXTRACT({Name Field}, "_\\d+"), 
    1, 1, ""

Thank you so much, @kuovonne
Would this formula do the same thing?

REGEX_EXTRACT({Name Field}, “\d+\b”)

Probably. You can easily test it for yourself. I don’t remember if the underscore counts as a word boundary or not for a regular expression.

There are many ways to do things with code. Use what works for you.

8 - Airtable Astronomer
8 - Airtable Astronomer

I realize that. Thank you again for your help, @kuovonne