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I have tried to read this thread: Android - java - count words

but it doesn't work for me.

so let say I have these words in the android multiline edit text:



very very


right now

so I want to count the number of words and then get integer '7' from that multiline edit text. how to do that ?

I have tried this, but it doesn't work:

multilineEditText.addTextChangedListener(object: TextWatcher {

            override fun afterTextChanged(s: Editable?) {


            override fun beforeTextChanged(s: CharSequence?, start: Int, count: Int, after: Int) {


            override fun onTextChanged(s: CharSequence?, start: Int, before: Int, count: Int) {

                val words = s.toString().trim()
                numberOfInputWords = words.split("\\s+").first().length
                wordsCounterTextView.text = "$numberOfInputWords"



but this code doesn't work for me, because it doesn't show the right number.

from the thread Android - java - count words

it is said that I can use someString.split("\\s+").length

but I can't access .length after using .split("\\s+"). like this

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thats why I use first() in my code, even though it doesn't work either.

The only problem you have is you are using Kotlin's split method which returns a list of String whereas Java's split method returns an array of strings. You should be accessing size property since the return of split method here is List.

  val words = s.toString().trim()
  numberOfInputWords = words.split("\\s+".toRegex()).size
  wordsCounterTextView.text = "$numberOfInputWords"

Example for kotlin's split method

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So, you could count the words by the number of newlines and spaces between them. Of course consecutive newlines and consecutive spaces count as one.

There might be a space/newline at the beginning and end. You remove that with trim(). The last word won't have a space/newline now, so you need to add 1.

val string = "Hello\nWorld"
val count = Regex("""(\s+|(\r\n|\r|\n))""").findAll(string.trim()).count() + 1
println(count) // 2
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