This is the color-aware counterpart of base::strsplit(). It works almost exactly like the original, but keeps the colors in the substrings.

ansi_strsplit(x, split, ...)



Character vector, potentially ANSI styled, or a vector to coarced to character.


Character vector of length 1 (or object which can be coerced to such) containing regular expression(s) (unless fixed = TRUE) to use for splitting. If empty matches occur, in particular if split has zero characters, x is split into single characters.


Extra arguments are passed to base::strsplit().


A list of the same length as x, the \(i\)-th element of which contains the vector of splits of x[i]. ANSI styles are retained.

See also


str <- paste0( col_red("I am red---"), col_green("and I am green-"), style_underline("I underlined") ) cat(str, "\n")
#> I am red---and I am green-I underlined
# split at dashes, keep color cat(ansi_strsplit(str, "[-]+")[[1]], sep = "\n")
#> I am red #> and I am green #> I underlined
strsplit(ansi_strip(str), "[-]+")
#> [[1]] #> [1] "I am red" "and I am green" "I underlined" #>
# split to characters, keep color cat(ansi_strsplit(str, "")[[1]], "\n", sep = " ")
#> I a m r e d - - - a n d I a m g r e e n - I u n d e r l i n e d
strsplit(ansi_strip(str), "")
#> [[1]] #> [1] "I" " " "a" "m" " " "r" "e" "d" "-" "-" "-" "a" "n" "d" " " "I" " " "a" "m" #> [20] " " "g" "r" "e" "e" "n" "-" "I" " " "u" "n" "d" "e" "r" "l" "i" "n" "e" "d" #>