Using Regular Expressions in AWS CloudFormation Templates
Regular expressions (commonly known as regexes) can be specified in a number of places within an AWS CloudFormation
template, such as for the
AllowedPattern property when creating a template parameter.
Regular expressions in AWS CloudFormation conform to the Java regular expression syntax. A full description of this syntax and its constructs can be viewed in the Java documentation, here: java.util.regex.Pattern.
Since AWS CloudFormation templates use the JSON syntax for specifying objects and data, you will need to add an additional backslash to any backslash characters in your regular expression, or JSON will interpret these as escape characters.
For example, if you include a
\d in your regular expression to match a digit character, you
will need to write it as
\\d in your template.