simple combinator-based parsing for Scala. formerly part of the Scala standard library, now a separate community-maintained module


Scala Standard Parser Combinator Library

This library was originally part of the Scala standard library, but is now community-maintained, under the guidance of the Scala team at Lightbend. If you are interested in helping please contact @Philippus or @SethTisue.


Adding an sbt dependency

To depend on scala-parser-combinators in sbt, add something like this to your build.sbt:

libraryDependencies += "org.scala-lang.modules" %% "scala-parser-combinators" % <version>

To support multiple Scala versions, see the example in scala/scala-module-dependency-sample.

Scala.js and Scala Native

Scala-parser-combinators is also available for Scala.js and Scala Native:

libraryDependencies += "org.scala-lang.modules" %%% "scala-parser-combinators" % <version>


import scala.util.parsing.combinator._

case class WordFreq(word: String, count: Int) {
  override def toString = s"Word <$word> occurs with frequency $count"

class SimpleParser extends RegexParsers {
  def word: Parser[String]   = """[a-z]+""".r       ^^ { _.toString }
  def number: Parser[Int]    = """(0|[1-9]\d*)""".r ^^ { _.toInt }
  def freq: Parser[WordFreq] = word ~ number        ^^ { case wd ~ fr => WordFreq(wd,fr) }

object TestSimpleParser extends SimpleParser {
  def main(args: Array[String]) = {
    parse(freq, "johnny 121") match {
      case Success(matched,_) => println(matched)
      case Failure(msg,_) => println(s"FAILURE: $msg")
      case Error(msg,_) => println(s"ERROR: $msg")

For a detailed unpacking of this example see Getting Started.



A number of other parsing libraries for Scala are available; see