How to Use Regular Expressions in Microsoft Power Virtual Agents With Examples

Have you used RegEx in your PVA bots? Check out this post where I give patterns to the most common validations.

Regular Expressions in Power Virtual Agents? Sounds like a pretty advanced topic. But it’s actually not that difficult and can save you hours of time if you’re trying to validate user input for things such as credit card numbers, tracking IDs, custom invoice numbers or even IP addresses. In this post we’ll cover some of the basics of Regular Expression syntax so you can get started using them inside Power Virtual Agents.


To utilize regular expressions inside Power Virtual Agents, we must first create a new entity.
This can be be done by clicking the Entities tab > New entity.

Now select Regular expression (Regex)

PVA does a great job in providing some general use case examples.

The syntax is based on .NET

RegEx Examples in PVA

Below you will find some examples you can copy and paste directly into the Pattern for your Regular Expression:

^(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?).){3}(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)$IP Address
– Looks for X.X.X.X format
– Each X range in 0-255
– X length 0-3
^4[0-9]{12}(?:[0-9]{3})?$Visa Credit Card numbers
– Start with a 4
– Old cards use 13 digits
– New cards use 16 digits
^3[47][0-9]{13}$American Express
– Starts with 34 OR 37
– All have 15 digits
Starts with either:
51-55 OR 2221-2720
– All have 16 digits
^(?!0{3})(?!6{3})[0-8]\d{2}-(?!0{2})\d{2}-(?!0{4})\d{4}$Social Security Number
– SSN are 9 digits
– Looks for XXX-XX-XXXX format
– Cannot contain all zeros
– Cannot begin with 666 OR 900-999
^[a-fA-F0-9]{2}(:[a-fA-F0-9]{2}){5}$Mac Address
– 6 byte hex separated by colon “:” OR dash “-”
^((6553[0-5])|(655[0-2][0-9])|(65[0-4][0-9]{2})|(6[0-4][0-9]{3})|([1-5][0-9]{4})|([0-5]{0,5})|([0-9]{1,4}))$Port Number
– Matches valid port number in computer network
– 16 bit
– Ranges from 0-65535
[A-Z]{2,}-\d+Jira Ticket Number
– Looks for format Hyphen-separated Jira project key and ticket issue number
^(bc1|[13])[a-zA-HJ-NP-Z0-9]{25,39}$Bitcoin Address
26-35 alphanumeric characters
– Start with 1 OR 3 OR bc1
^[0-9a-fA-F]{8}\b-[0-9a-fA-F]{4}\b-[0-9a-fA-F]{4}\b-[0-9a-fA-F]{4}\b-[0-9a-fA-F]{12}$UUID / {guid}
– 36 characters
– 128 bit, represented in 16 octets
– Looks for format form of  8-4-4-4-12

Using them in PVA

Once we create the Entity, and define the pattern for our RegEx. We can now use this validation inside our PVA chat.

For example, I will test the IP Address pattern


I have created a topic for testing my RegEx.

To use the newly created entity, Add a Question, under Identify select your Custom Entity

Under this, I add a message to confirm its valid.
(Note, the bot will automatically let the user know if the validation does not match)

Testing the RegEx

Okay, drumroll….
The values I will be testing are

User InputValid? ✔ ✔
999.55.1.5Not Valid ✖
Not A IP AddressNot Valid ✖


Being able to use Regular Expressions inside Power Virtual Agents can be extremely powerful. And with the above list of common patterns, I hope you find value in this post.

Thank you, and have a great day!

Where Are My Flows When Building Power Virtual Agents In Teams

You added a Flow in Power Virtual Agents in Teams, you now want to edit that Flow. Where is it? Come check out the answer!


Building Power Virtual Agents (PVA) in Microsoft Teams is fast, easy, fun, and powerful, especially when we add Power Automate to the mix. A couple questions come up:

1. After the bot is build, how do we edit the Flows? Do we have to go into the PVA bot inside of Microsoft Teams?

2. Where are the Flows stored?

The Answer

The answer to the above questions, can be simplified into one response.

All Flows built inside the Teams environment for PVA chatbots are stored in the Teams environment under the Default Solution.
Now.. How do we get there?

Navigate to the Power Automate Web Portal
Power Automate | Microsoft Power Platform

Sign in, and select the environments menu in the top right and choose the Environment that correlates to your Teams name where you built the Bot.
My Microsoft Team name is ‘POC – Teams

Next navigate to the Solutions tab on the left, and select ‘Default Solution

Once inside the ‘Default Solution‘ we can see many different types of artifacts. To narrow this list down:
On the top right of the page there is a dropdown with different types. Select ‘Flow

That’s it. Now we can see all the Flows inside this Teams Environment.

Want to learn how to get user info from Office365 to use in Power Virtual Agents? Check out my blog on the flow you see above
Get User Info


There are some limitations:
– There is no way to import a Flow into this Environment

– When using the Save As feature, the Flow is saved outside of the Solution, thus cannot be used for your PVA Bot in Teams

– When modifying the Flows Inputs and Outputs you will have to remove the Flow action inside of PVA to properly refresh.


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