RegexBuddy Compared with RegexMagic

Both RegexBuddy and RegexMagic are designed to make it easy to create regular expressions. But the approach is totally different.

The main design goal behind RegexBuddy is to make it easy to learn and work with the regular expression syntax. RegexBuddy makes no attempt to shield you from the complexities of regular expressions. Instead, it tries to make your life easier by clearly explaining and showing you how a regex works, or doesn’t. As such, RegexBuddy is primarily of interest to people who already know or who want to learn the ins and outs of regular expressions. Complete beginners can use RegexBuddy, but there will be a learning curve.

RegexMagic has the opposite goal. With RegexMagic, you don’t deal with the regular expression syntax at all. Instead, you work with high-level RegexMagic “patterns” to tell RegexMagic what you want. RegexMagic generates complete regular expressions for you. As such, RegexMagic is primarily of interest to people who want to quickly generate regular expressions, without learning (much) about regular expressions as a technology. Experts will find RegexMagic useful for specific tasks such as generating a regex that matches numbers between 256 and 512. There’s nothing difficult about the regex 51[0-2]|50[0-9]|[34][0-9]{2}|2[6-9][0-9]|25[6-9], but unless you use RegexMagic, it is a chore to create.

The best deal is of course to get both products. Use RegexMagic to generate new regular expressions from scratch. RegexMagic makes that far easier than RegexBuddy. Use RegexBuddy to edit regular expressions written by other people. You can paste any regular expression into RegexBuddy, even if it’s formatted as a literal string or regex in source code. RegexMagic cannot edit existing regular expressions, unless they were generated with RegexMagic and you have the RegexMagic file for them.

Get RegexMagic at a Discount

If you have purchased RegexBuddy in the past, you can buy RegexMagic at the discounted price of US$ 29.95 instead of the regular US$ 39.95. To obtain the discount, please enter your RegexBuddy user ID and email address below.

You can only buy RegexMagic at the discounted price directly from Just Great Software, and only by entering your RegexBuddy user ID below. The order form will clearly indicate the discount.

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RegexMagicUndiscounted PricePackage PriceUnit Price
RegexMagic single user licenseUS$ 39.95US$ 29.95US$ 29.95
RegexMagic 5-user licenseUS$ 159.00US$ 119.00US$ 23.80
RegexMagic 10-user licenseUS$ 279.00US$ 199.00US$ 19.90
RegexMagic 20-user licenseUS$ 499.00US$ 359.00US$ 17.95
RegexMagic 30-user licenseUS$ 689.00US$ 449.00US$ 14.96
RegexMagic 50-user licenseUS$ 999.00US$ 799.00US$ 15.98
RegexMagic 75-user licenseUS$ 1,299.00US$ 999.00US$ 13.32
RegexMagic 100-user licenseUS$ 1,499.00US$ 1,199.00US$ 11.99

Prices shown on our website exclude taxes. Sales tax, VAT, or GST will be added during checkout if your country imposes such taxes on internet sales. You will have the opportunity to provide a tax ID or VAT number to remove the tax if your business is tax exempt.

Bundle Discount for RegexBuddy and RegexMagic

If you haven’t purchased RegexBuddy yet, you can buy RegexBuddy and RegexMagic as a bundle, and get the same discount. You can find the bundle pricing on RegexBuddy’s ordering page.

“Thank you for your excellent products! I use them all regularly and am very satisfied with them. I have PowerGREP, EditPad Pro, RegexBuddy, and RegexMagic. I consider them all essential tools, and a great value.”
— Brent Nelson
  27 August 2009, Texas, USA