[The easy way to] check if a string contains a substring in Javascript


There are several methods to check if a substring is contained within a string in Javascript. Here are several methods that should work for you.

The easiest and most compatible method to find a substring within a string in Javascript is to use the match() function with a regular expression.

Find a substring with a regular expression (regex)

This method is compatible with all current versions of Javascript and very simple to use. Here is an example:

var myString = 'This is a javascript string.'; // The / and / set the substrings to regular expressions var subString1 = /javascript/; var subString2 = /python/; myString.match(subString1); // [ 'javascript', index: 10, input: 'This is a javascript string.', groups: undefined ] myString.match(subString1); // null
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

To make it easy to use the results to test whether the substring exists or not, you can use the !! trick to convert the output to a boolean:

!!myString.match(subString1); // true !!myString.match(subString1); // false
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Find a substring with the new includes() method

The includes() string method can also be used to find a substring within another string.

var myString = 'This is a javascript string.'; myString.includes('javascript'); // true myString.includes('python'); // false
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

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