How to get alphabets from string (includes special characters, spaces) in Android App using regex?

How to extract or filter out only alphabets from an alphanumeric string (including special characters and spaces) in your Android App using regular expression (regex)?

In this video it shows how one can use regular expressions to filter or extract only the alphabets from a string which contains special characters, white spaces, numbers, etc. It uses edit text to take user input and displays it in respective text view.

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Complete source code:

package com.programmerworld.alphabetsfromstring;

import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
private TextView textView;
private EditText editText;

@Override
protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);

textView = findViewById(R.id.textView);
editText = findViewById(R.id.editText);
}

public void buttonDisplayAlphabets(View view){
String stringInput = editText.getText().toString();
String stringAlphabets = stringInput.replaceAll("[\\W]", ""); // Remove special characters and space
stringAlphabets = stringAlphabets.replaceAll("[\\d]", "");//Removes digits
textView.setText(stringAlphabets);
}
}

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<androidx.constraintlayout.widget.ConstraintLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
android:layout_width="match_parent"
android:layout_height="match_parent"
tools:context=".MainActivity">

<TextView
android:id="@+id/textView"
android:layout_width="341dp"
android:layout_height="105dp"
android:text="Programmer World!"
android:textSize="20sp"
app:layout_constraintBottom_toBottomOf="parent"
app:layout_constraintLeft_toLeftOf="parent"
app:layout_constraintRight_toRightOf="parent"
app:layout_constraintTop_toTopOf="parent" />

<Button
android:id="@+id/button"
android:layout_width="wrap_content"
android:layout_height="wrap_content"
android:layout_marginStart="107dp"
android:layout_marginTop="164dp"
android:onClick="buttonDisplayAlphabets"
android:text="Display Alphabets"
app:layout_constraintStart_toStartOf="parent"
app:layout_constraintTop_toTopOf="parent" />

<EditText
android:id="@+id/editText"
android:layout_width="349dp"
android:layout_height="73dp"
android:layout_marginStart="36dp"
android:layout_marginTop="43dp"
android:ems="10"
android:hint="Enter yous input string ..."
android:inputType="textPersonName"
app:layout_constraintStart_toStartOf="parent"
app:layout_constraintTop_toTopOf="parent" />

</androidx.constraintlayout.widget.ConstraintLayout>

plugins {
id 'com.android.application'
}

android {
compileSdk 31

defaultConfig {
applicationId "com.programmerworld.alphabetsfromstring"
minSdk 31
targetSdk 31
versionCode 1
versionName "1.0"

testInstrumentationRunner "androidx.test.runner.AndroidJUnitRunner"
}

buildTypes {
release {
minifyEnabled false
proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android-optimize.txt'), 'proguard-rules.pro'
}
}
compileOptions {
sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
}
}

dependencies {

implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.1'
implementation 'com.google.android.material:material:1.5.0'
implementation 'androidx.constraintlayout:constraintlayout:2.1.3'
testImplementation 'junit:junit:4.13.2'
androidTestImplementation 'androidx.test.ext:junit:1.1.3'
androidTestImplementation 'androidx.test.espresso:espresso-core:3.4.0'
}

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
package="com.programmerworld.alphabetsfromstring">

<application
android:allowBackup="true"
android:icon="@mipmap/ic_launcher"
android:label="@string/app_name"
android:roundIcon="@mipmap/ic_launcher_round"
android:supportsRtl="true"
android:theme="@style/Theme.AlphabetsFromString">
<activity
android:name=".MainActivity"
android:exported="true">
<intent-filter>
<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
</intent-filter>
</activity>
</application>

</manifest>

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