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This is an experimental technology, part of the Harmony (ECMAScript 6) proposal.
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future version of browsers as the spec changes.


The startsWith() method determines whether a string begins with the characters of another string, returning true or false as appropriate.


str.startsWith(searchString [, position]);


The characters to be searched for at the start of this string.
The position in this string at which to begin searching for searchString; defaults to 0.


This method lets you determine whether or not a string begins with another string.


var str = "To be, or not to be, that is the question.";

alert(str.startsWith("To be"));         // true
alert(str.startsWith("not to be"));     // false
alert(str.startsWith("not to be", 10)); // true


This method has been added to the ECMAScript 6 specification and may not be available in all JavaScript implementations yet. However, you can polyfill String.prototype.startsWith with the following snippet:

if (!String.prototype.startsWith) {
  Object.defineProperty(String.prototype, 'startsWith', {
    enumerable: false,
    configurable: false,
    writable: false,
    value: function (searchString, position) {
      position = position || 0;
      return this.indexOf(searchString, position) === position;

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support Not supported 17 (17) Not supported Not supported Not supported
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support Not supported Not supported 17.0 (17) Not supported Not supported Not supported

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