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The test() method executes a search for a match between a regular expression and a specified string. Returns true or false.




The string against which to match the regular expression.

Return value

Boolean. true or false.


Use test() whenever you want to know whether a pattern is found in a string (similar to the String.search method); for more information (but slower execution) use the exec method (similar to the String.match method). As with exec (or in combination with it), test called multiple times on the same global regular expression instance will advance past the previous match.


Example: Using test

The following example prints a message which depends on the success of the test:

function testinput(re, str){
    var midstring;
    if (re.test(str)) {
        midstring = " contains ";
    } else {
        midstring = " does not contain ";
    console.log(str + midstring + re.source);


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 3rd Edition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.2 Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript Language Specification 5.1th Edition (ECMA-262) Standard  
ECMAScript Language Specification 6th Edition (ECMA-262) Draft  

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

Gecko-specific notes

Prior to Gecko 8.0 (Firefox 8.0 / Thunderbird 8.0 / SeaMonkey 2.5), test() was implemented incorrectly; when it was called with no parameters, it would match against the value of the previous input (RegExp.input property) instead of against the string "undefined". This is fixed; now /undefined/.test() correctly results in true, instead of an error.

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