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item unwrapper

world's simplest list tool

This is a super simple browser-based application that unwraps list items from arbitrary text around them. You can paste any list as an input, set a separator for its items, and then specify the text to remove from the left and right sides of all items. You can also use the multilevel unwrap option, remove empty items, and trim items. Created by list geeks from team Browserling.

᠎᠎᠎          Tool Options

Separation of Items

Enter a character to separate
the list items in the box below.
Enter a regular expression to
separate items in the box below.
Separation character or regular
expression.

Unwrapping Strings

Unwrap this text from the left.
Unwrap this text from the right.
Repeat unwrapping the items
until items become clean.

Joining of Items

Set the symbol to connect
the output items.
Remove spaces around
items after unwrapping.
Remove empty items from
the list.

What is a item unwrapper?

This online tool removes arbitrary text from the left and right side of each item in a list. This operation is called unwrapping a list item and a clean unwrapped list item is called a pure item. For example, if all the items of a list are wrapped in parentheses, such as "(short item)", then you can quickly remove both parentheses and extract just the "short item". Similarly, if there's an article before each word "an item", or there is an ellipsis at the end of each word "item…", you can get a pure item by removing the wrapping characters from the beginning or end of the item. Moreover, you can delete several different prefixes/suffixes at once. For example, if some of the list items are preceded by the article "a" and other items are preceded by the article "an", you can remove both of these prefixes at once (the same applies to suffixes). In the options of this program, you can set the left string (called a prefix) and the right string (called a suffix) and the unwrapping algorithm will quickly run through all the items of the list and remove the specified wrapper strings. To remove multiple different prefixes/suffixes, simply enter them one per line. If a string appears before an item (or after an item) twice or thrice, use the "Multilevel Unwrapping" option. This option will recursively call the unwrapping algorithm to get rid of all nested wrappers. Also, you can quickly remove spaces surrounding the items and get rid of empty items. To make this utility unwrap the items in any list, you need to load the list in the input area and indicate which separator is used between the items. It can be either a single character or a short separator string that can be set in the options, or it can be multiple different characters or different strings that can be matched using a regular expression. In the output list, you can also set a new separator that can be a single character or an arbitrary string. Listabulous!


Item unwrapper examples

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Unwrap Ordinal Numbers

In this example, we unwrap a list of ordinal numbers. On the left side we delete the article "the" and on the right side we delete the word "number". After unwrapping, we trim the items. The input and output lists both use a newline separator.

the first number the second number the third number the fourth number the fifth number the sixth number the seventh number the eighth number the ninth number the tenth number the eleventh number the twelfth number
first second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth eleventh twelfth
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Enter a character to separate
the list items in the box below.
Separation character or regular
expression.
Unwrap this text from the left.
Unwrap this text from the right.
Repeat unwrapping the items
until items become clean.
Set the symbol to connect
the output items.
Remove spaces around
items after unwrapping.
Remove empty items from
the list.

Unwrap a List on the Right Side

In this example, we only remove the postfix part of a list (also known as the suffix part). The postfix part is any text on the right side of the list items. First, we split the input data by the tab and newline characters by using a regular expression "/[\t\n]+/". Next, we remove the "Cake" postfix from each list item and get a list with only the names of the cakes. Finally, we change the list item separator to a dot in the output.

Coffee Cake Banana Cake Funfetti Cake Lemon Cake Black Forest Cake Vanilla Cake Red Velvet Cake Chocolate Cake
Coffee. Banana. Funfetti. Lemon. Black Forest. Vanilla. Red Velvet. Chocolate
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Enter a regular expression to
separate items in the box below.
Separation character or regular
expression.
Unwrap this text from the left.
Unwrap this text from the right.
Repeat unwrapping the items
until items become clean.
Set the symbol to connect
the output items.
Remove spaces around
items after unwrapping.
Remove empty items from
the list.

Remove Bullets from a List

In this example, we remove the bullets from a list of layers of the Earth's atmosphere. We delimit the items by the newline character, get rid of empty items, and enter the bullet "▪ " in the prefix option. As there are sometimes two consequent bullet symbols in front of several items, we activate the deep unwrapping option. As a result, all bullets, including repeated ones are removed, and we get a list without any bullets that we then display in a vertical column.

▪ troposphere ▪ stratosphere ▪ ▪ mesosphere ▪ thermosphere ▪ ▪ exosphere
troposphere stratosphere mesosphere thermosphere exosphere
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Enter a character to separate
the list items in the box below.
Separation character or regular
expression.
Unwrap this text from the left.
Unwrap this text from the right.
Repeat unwrapping the items
until items become clean.
Set the symbol to connect
the output items.
Remove spaces around
items after unwrapping.
Remove empty items from
the list.

Remove Titles from a List

In this example, we want to remove honorifics from a wedding guest list. We load a vertical list of invited guests as input and separate the items with a newline character. We remove four different prefixes from the list "Mr", "Mrs", "Miss", and "Ms", which we enter one per line in the prefix option. We also trim the output names and display the guest list separated by commas.

Mr Lewis Mrs Lane Miss Lopez Ms Strait Mr William Mr Elijah Miss Esme Ms Sophia Mrs Evie Ms Millie Mr Lucas
Lewis, Lane, Lopez, Strait, William, Elijah, Esme, Sophia, Evie, Millie, Lucas
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Enter a character to separate
the list items in the box below.
Separation character or regular
expression.
Unwrap this text from the left.
Unwrap this text from the right.
Repeat unwrapping the items
until items become clean.
Set the symbol to connect
the output items.
Remove spaces around
items after unwrapping.
Remove empty items from
the list.

Remove Time Periods

In this list, someone mistakenly added the time indicators "a.m.", "p.m." to 24-hour clock times. To remove these unnecessary suffixes, we split the items by a newline and enter both indicators in the suffix removal option. We also normalize blank lines in the list by removing the empty ones and display the clock times in a column.

02:42:30 a.m. 17:57:56 p.m. 23:56:19 p.m. 12:44:15 p.m. 17:44:08 p.m. 01:06:24 a.m. 10:40:31 a.m. 04:25:01 a.m. 22:38:56 p.m. 09:05:36 a.m.
02:42:30 17:57:56 23:56:19 12:44:15 17:44:08 01:06:24 10:40:31 04:25:01 22:38:56 09:05:36
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Enter a character to separate
the list items in the box below.
Separation character or regular
expression.
Unwrap this text from the left.
Unwrap this text from the right.
Repeat unwrapping the items
until items become clean.
Set the symbol to connect
the output items.
Remove spaces around
items after unwrapping.
Remove empty items from
the list.

Pro tips Master online list tools

You can pass input to this tool via ?input query argument and it will automatically compute output. Here's how to type it in your browser's address bar. Click to try!

https://onlinetools.com/list/unwrap-items-from-text?input=the%20first%20number%0Athe%20%20second%20number%0Athe%20third%20%20number%0Athe%20fourth%20%20number%0Athe%20fifth%20number%0Athe%20%20sixth%20number%0Athe%20seventh%20%20%20number%0Athe%20%20eighth%20number%0Athe%20ninth%20%20%20number%0Athe%20tenth%20%20number%0Athe%20eleventh%20number%0Athe%20%20twelfth%20%20number&string-separator=true&input-separator=%255Cn&join-character=%255Cn&prefix=the&suffix=number&trim-items=true&skip-empty=false&recursive=false

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