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Very Simple Parser Combinators

open CCParse;;

type tree = L of int | N of tree * tree;;

let mk_leaf x = L x
let mk_node x y = N(x,y)

let ptree = fix @@ fun self ->
  skip_space *>
    ( (try_ (char '(') *> (pure mk_node <*> self <*> self) <* char ')')
        ( >|= mk_leaf) )

parse_string_exn ptree "(1 (2 3))" ;;
parse_string_exn ptree "((1 2) (3 (4 5)))" ;;
Parse a list of words
open Containers.Parse;;
let p = U.list ~sep:"," U.word;;
parse_string_exn p "[abc , de, hello ,world  ]";;
Stress Test

This makes a list of 100_000 integers, prints it and parses it back.

let p = CCParse.(U.list ~sep:",";;

let l = CCList.(1 -- 100_000);;
let l_printed =
  CCFormat.(to_string (within "[" "]" (list ~sep:(return ",@,") int))) l;;

let l' = CCParse.parse_string_exn p l_printed;;

assert (l=l');;
type 'a or_error = ('a, string) Result.result
type line_num = int
type col_num = int
type parse_branch
val string_of_branch : parse_branch -> string
exception ParseError of parse_branch * unit -> string

parsing branch * message.


type position
type state
val state_of_string : string -> state


type 'a t = state -> ok:('a -> unit) -> err:(exn -> unit) -> unit

Takes the input and two continuations:

  • ok to call with the result when it's done
  • err to call when the parser met an error
val return : 'a -> 'a t

Always succeeds, without consuming its input.

val pure : 'a -> 'a t

Synonym to return.

val (>|=) : 'a t -> ('a -> 'b) -> 'b t


val map : ('a -> 'b) -> 'a t -> 'b t
val map2 : ('a -> 'b -> 'c) -> 'a t -> 'b t -> 'c t
val map3 : ('a -> 'b -> 'c -> 'd) -> 'a t -> 'b t -> 'c t -> 'd t
val (>>=) : 'a t -> ('a -> 'b t) -> 'b t

Monadic bind. p >>= f results in a new parser which behaves as p then, in case of success, applies f to the result.

val (<*>) : ('a -> 'b) t -> 'a t -> 'b t


val (<*) : 'a t -> _ t -> 'a t

a <* b parses a into x, parses b and ignores its result, and returns x.

val (*>) : _ t -> 'a t -> 'a t

a *> b parses a, then parses b into x, and returns x. The results of a is ignored.

val fail : string -> 'a t

fail msg fails with the given message. It can trigger a backtrack.

val failf : ('a, unit, string, 'b t) Pervasives.format4 -> 'a

Format.sprintf version of fail.

val parsing : string -> 'a t -> 'a t

parsing s p behaves the same as p, with the information that we are parsing s, if p fails.

val eoi : unit t

Expect the end of input, fails otherwise.

val nop : unit t

Succeed with ().

val char : char -> char t

char c parses the character c and nothing else.

val char_if : (char -> bool) -> char t

char_if f parses a character c if f c = true.

val chars_if : (char -> bool) -> string t

chars_if f parses a string of chars that satisfy f.

val chars1_if : (char -> bool) -> string t

Like chars_if, but only non-empty strings.

val endline : char t

Parse '\n'.

val space : char t

Tab or space.

val white : char t

Tab or space or newline.

val skip_chars : (char -> bool) -> unit t

Skip 0 or more chars satisfying the predicate.

val skip_space : unit t

Skip ' ' and '\t'.

val skip_white : unit t

Skip ' ' and '\t' and '\n'.

val is_alpha : char -> bool

Is the char a letter?

val is_num : char -> bool

Is the char a digit?

val is_alpha_num : char -> bool

Is the char a letter or a digit?

val is_space : char -> bool

True on ' ' and '\t'.

val is_white : char -> bool

True on ' ' and '\t' and '\n'.

val (<|>) : 'a t -> 'a t -> 'a t

a <|> b tries to parse a, and if a fails without consuming any input, backtracks and tries to parse b, otherwise it fails as a. See try_ to ensure a does not consume anything (but it is best to avoid wrapping large parsers with try_).

val (<?>) : 'a t -> string -> 'a t

a <?> msg behaves like a, but if a fails without consuming any input, it fails with msg instead. Useful as the last choice in a series of <|>: a <|> b <|> c <?> "expected a|b|c".

val try_ : 'a t -> 'a t

try_ p tries to parse like p, but backtracks if p fails. Useful in combination with <|>.

val suspend : (unit -> 'a t) -> 'a t

suspend f is the same as f (), but evaluates f () only when needed.

val string : string -> string t

string s parses exactly the string s, and nothing else.

val many : 'a t -> 'a list t

many p parses a list of p, eagerly (as long as possible).

val many1 : 'a t -> 'a list t

Parse a non-empty list.

val skip : _ t -> unit t

skip p parses zero or more times p and ignores its result.

val sep : by:_ t -> 'a t -> 'a list t

sep ~by p parses a list of p separated by by.

val sep1 : by:_ t -> 'a t -> 'a list t

sep1 ~by p parses a non empty list of p, separated by by.

val fix : ('a t -> 'a t) -> 'a t

Fixpoint combinator.

val memo : 'a t -> 'a t

Memoize the parser. memo p will behave like p, but when called in a state (read: position in input) it has already processed, memo p returns a result directly. The implementation uses an underlying hashtable. This can be costly in memory, but improve the run time a lot if there is a lot of backtracking involving p.

This function is not thread-safe.

val fix_memo : ('a t -> 'a t) -> 'a t

Like fix, but the fixpoint is memoized.

val get_lnum : int t

Reflect the current line number.

val get_cnum : int t

Reflect the current column number.

val get_pos : (int * int) t

Reflect the current (line, column) numbers.


Those functions have a label ~p on the parser, since 0.14.

val parse : 'a t -> state -> 'a or_error

parse p st applies p on the input, and returns Ok x if p succeeds with x, or Error s otherwise.

val parse_exn : 'a t -> state -> 'a

Unsafe version of parse.

val parse_string : 'a t -> string -> 'a or_error

Specialization of parse for string inputs.

val parse_string_exn : 'a t -> string -> 'a
val parse_file : 'a t -> string -> 'a or_error

parse_file p file parses file with p by opening the file and reading it whole.

val parse_file_exn : 'a t -> string -> 'a


module Infix : sig ... end


This is useful to parse OCaml-like values in a simple way.

module U : sig ... end

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