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Rextester - some online tools for anyone who finds them useful. It was started as online .net regex tester. Rextester stands for regular expression tester.

All code snippets that are accessible to general public (it's not indicated they are private while saving them) are in the public domain.

Short faq and troubleshooting.
Discussion forum.

Source code: part I and part II

Regex tester - .net regex tester.
Regex replace - .net regex replacement.
Regex reference - short regex reference.
Diff checker - find difference between two text fragments.
Run code - online compiling and execution for some languages.

C#, Visual basic
.Net framework v. 4.5 is used. Your code will be given max 5 sec of cpu time and limited memory (~150 Mb). Also your code will run in an appdomain with basic execution, reflection, thread control and web privileges only.
The entry point for your code is given Main method in type Program in namespace Rextester. This entry point shouldn't be changed. Types from following assemblies are available: If you found security breaches and can break something in some way - we would appreciate your feedback on this.
Compiler versions:
Sql Server
Sql Server 2014 Express Edition is used. There is only one database that queries run against. Queries executed on behalf database owner so all sort of actions are allowed including DDL queries. However, all actions run in transaction which is rolled back immediately after execution is over. This way any desired objects may be built, populated with data and worked on within the scope of one request. There is 10 seconds limit for work to be completed. Execution of queries is achieved using mechanisms, in particular SqlDataReader type. This reader is also monitored for memory and cpu consumption.
'GO' statement just like in transact sql has special meaning: 'GO' will be removed from your code, but statements separated by 'GO' will be executed separately, in different batches. So, for example, if you want to create a function and later use it in select statement you have to separate create statement and select statement by 'GO', otherwise you'll receive an error from parser since in select statement you would be reffering to a function which doesn't yet exist.
For convinience there is simple pre-built schema, shown here.
MySQL version 5.7.12 is used (on Windows). There is only one database that queries run against. Queries executed on behalf database owner so all sort of actions are allowed including DDL queries. However, all actions run in transaction which is rolled back immediately after execution is over. This way any desired objects may be built, populated with data and worked on within the scope of one request. There is 10 seconds limit for work to be completed. Unfortunately MySQL doesn't support rollback of DDL statements, so once object is created it stays. Therefore one should check if object exists before creating it and ideally drop it at the end of the script.
PostgreSQL setup is simillar to Sql Server.
Oracle setup is simillar to MySQL.

Visual C++ (and C)
Your code is compiled to native binary which runs on Windows Server 2012 (maximum compile time is 30 seconds). Your process will be associated with job object that has LimitFlags.JOB_OBJECT_LIMIT_KILL_ON_JOB_CLOSE flag set. After 10 seconds of execution this process will be killed. This used to be the only security measures for a while. However, after discovering dubious services running and questionable .exes at some weird places it was decided to sandbox all usercode through Sandboxie.
Also let us know if you need some other Windows-based compilers.
Compiler version:
Client Side
This option allows you to create full javascript/css/html fiddle that runs in your browser. The result is displayed in a separate iframe. You can use anything that runs on a client side. Errors are examined in your browser's developer console.

Java, Python, C, C++ and others
These languages run on linux. For some languages compiler parameters could be supplied. Here are compiler versions (you can always check by running commands on a server): Your code will be run on behalf special user and group. Also your code will be executed from Python wrapper which sets various limits to the process. It does so by using 'setrlimit' system call. You'll have max 30 sec to compile, max 5 sec of cpu time to run, limited memory (~1500 Mb) and other restrictions will apply (like no writing permissions). Also your process and all its children will be run in a newly created process group which will be terminated after 10 seconds from start if still running.

We don't claim that this is secure. In many senses you'll have the power of special user. On a bright side, this has some useful side-effects. The reason why, at least for now, we leave so many potential security breaches is because it's hard to make it really secure. What are the options? So, if you can take the system down - then be it, but please report how you did this. Your advice on this topic is always welcome.

Input support
Everything that will be submitted as input will be piped to process via stdin stream. So your code should consume input as if it came from keyboard.

Live collaboration
Write code so that others see this real-time. Every participant can make changes and see changes made by others. We use Firepad and Firebase.

Special thanks goes to people behind CodeMirror, Edit area, Roslyn, MarkdownDeep, Firepad (and Firebase) and Coderev.

Code wall
Code wall as well as personal code walls - place code on a wall for public display. These entries will be crawled by search engines, so one possible use is to put there scripts that you may need for easy access later. For example, whenever I need a sql script for searching database definitions I simply search for 'sql definition rextester' and there is my script (it seems that code wall is crawled better than personal walls, though). It's important that code snippet have a meaningful title.

Feedback - give us feedback. We have implemented a lot of requests so far.
Login - once logged in you'll be able to track your saved snippets and more.

Stats (since 2013-08-15)
Language     Runs    
C# 6719861
C (gcc) 1191719
Pascal 1179394
C++ (gcc) 987573
Java 824345
Sql Server 523814
Haskell 464967
C++ (vc++) 439955
Common Lisp 418148
Python 3 320231
Python 259074
C++ (clang) 225273
MySQL 205647
Visual Basic 186345
Node.js 172244
Php 146671
PostgreSQL 143246
R 138466
Javascript 132741
Tcl 120593
Prolog 118571
Assembly 99984
Oracle 92614
Objective-C 89391
C (clang) 79783
Ruby 71043
Lua 65084
Perl 62935
C (vc) 50368
Octave 46802
Bash 22524
Scheme 19125
Scala 18885
F# 12099
Go 11195
Swift 10181
D 8640
Ada 7100
Kotlin 4875
Erlang 1513
Ocaml 1461
Fortran 937
Elixir 845
Brainfuck 660

Restfull api is supported (POST only) at What needs to be supplied are these values (as http data name=val&name2=val2, content type header must not indicate json):
    LanguageChoice=Language number (see below)
    Program=Code to run
    Input=Input to be supplied to stdin of a process
    CompilerArgs=compiler args as one string (when applicable)
Returned is json string with the following properties:
    Result=Output of a program (in case of Sql Server - html)
    Warnings=Warnings, if any, as one string
    Errors=Errors, if any, as one string
    Stats=Execution stats as one string
    Files=In case of Octave and R - list of png images encoded as base64 strings
Language numbers:
    C# = 1
    VB.NET = 2
    F# = 3
    Java = 4
    Python = 5
    C (gcc) = 6
    C++ (gcc) = 7
    Php = 8
    Pascal = 9
    Objective-C = 10
    Haskell = 11
    Ruby = 12
    Perl = 13
    Lua = 14
    Nasm = 15
    Sql Server = 16
    Javascript = 17
    Lisp = 18
    Prolog = 19
    Go = 20
    Scala = 21
    Scheme = 22
    Node.js = 23
    Python 3 = 24
    Octave = 25
    C (clang) = 26
    C++ (clang) = 27    
    C++ (vc++) = 28
    C (vc) = 29
    D = 30
    R = 31
    Tcl = 32
    MySQL = 33
    PostgreSQL = 34
    Oracle = 35
    Swift = 37
    Bash = 38
    Ada = 39
    Erlang = 40
    Elixir = 41
    Ocaml = 42
    Kotlin = 43
    Brainfuck = 44
    Fortran = 45

Full javascript example:
<!DOCTYPE html>

    <script src=""></script>

		    var to_compile = {
			    "LanguageChoice": "1",
			    "Program": $("#code").val(),
			    "Input": "",
			    "CompilerArgs" : ""

		    $.ajax ({
			        url: "",
			        type: "POST",
			        data: to_compile
			    }).done(function(data) {
			    }).fail(function(data, err) {
			        alert("fail " + JSON.stringify(data) + " " + JSON.stringify(err));

    <textarea id="code">
        using System;
        using System.Collections.Generic;
        using System.Linq;
        using System.Text.RegularExpressions;

        namespace Rextester
            public class Program
                public static void Main(string[] args)
                    //Your code goes here
                    Console.WriteLine("Hello, world!");
    <button id="run">Run</button>


Api stats:
Language     Runs    
C# 4877550
Java 554020
C (gcc) 328532
C++ (gcc) 317412
Php 198451
Python 147938
Python 3 124304
Ruby 53643
Node.js 43244
Bash 34399
Lua 14070
Objective-C 8159
Perl 4420
Swift 2403
Pascal 2105
Haskell 2055
Common Lisp 1588
Brainfuck 1190
C (clang) 1129
Go 944
Assembly 928
MySQL 918
C++ (clang) 755
C++ (vc++) 744
Scala 729
C (vc) 676
Javascript 575
Visual Basic 561
Sql Server 493
Kotlin 454
R 344
F# 272
Tcl 239
Prolog 174
Oracle 151
Scheme 134
D 112
Elixir 57
PostgreSQL 39
Ocaml 36
Ada 34
Octave 24
Erlang 18
Fortran 5