Intl.Collator() constructor

The Intl.Collator object is a constructor for collators, objects that enable language sensitive string comparison.

Syntax

new Intl.Collator([locales[, options]])

Parameters

locales

Optional. A string with a BCP 47 language tag, or an array of such strings. For the general form and interpretation of the locales argument, see the Intl page. The following Unicode extension keys are allowed:

co
Variant collations for certain locales. Possible values include: "big5han", "dict", "direct", "ducet", "gb2312", "phonebk", "phonetic", "pinyin", "reformed", "searchjl", "stroke", "trad", "unihan". The "standard" and "search" values are ignored; they are replaced by the options property usage (see below).
kn
Whether numeric collation should be used, such that "1" < "2" < "10". Possible values are "true" and "false". This option can be set through an options property or through a Unicode extension key; if both are provided, the options property takes precedence.
kf
Whether upper case or lower case should sort first. Possible values are "upper", "lower", or "false" (use the locale's default). This option can be set through an options property or through a Unicode extension key; if both are provided, the options property takes precedence.
options

Optional. An object with some or all of the following properties:

localeMatcher
The locale matching algorithm to use. Possible values are "lookup" and "best fit"; the default is "best fit". For information about this option, see the Intl page.
usage
Whether the comparison is for sorting or for searching for matching strings. Possible values are "sort" and "search"; the default is "sort".
sensitivity

Which differences in the strings should lead to non-zero result values. Possible values are:

  • "base": Only strings that differ in base letters compare as unequal. Examples: a ≠ b, a = á, a = A.
  • "accent": Only strings that differ in base letters or accents and other diacritic marks compare as unequal. Examples: a ≠ b, a ≠ á, a = A.
  • "case": Only strings that differ in base letters or case compare as unequal. Examples: a ≠ b, a = á, a ≠ A.
  • "variant": Strings that differ in base letters, accents and other diacritic marks, or case compare as unequal. Other differences may also be taken into consideration. Examples: a ≠ b, a ≠ á, a ≠ A.

The default is "variant" for usage "sort"; it's locale dependent for usage "search".

ignorePunctuation
Whether punctuation should be ignored. Possible values are true and false; the default is false.
numeric
Whether numeric collation should be used, such that "1" < "2" < "10". Possible values are true and false; the default is false. This option can be set through an options property or through a Unicode extension key; if both are provided, the options property takes precedence. Implementations are not required to support this property.
caseFirst
Whether upper case or lower case should sort first. Possible values are "upper", "lower", or "false" (use the locale's default); the default is "false". This option can be set through an options property or through a Unicode extension key; if both are provided, the options property takes precedence. Implementations are not required to support this property.

Examples

Using Collator

The following example demonstrates the different potential results for a string occurring before, after, or at the same level as another:

console.log(new Intl.Collator().compare('a', 'c')); // → a negative value
console.log(new Intl.Collator().compare('c', 'a')); // → a positive value
console.log(new Intl.Collator().compare('a', 'a')); // → 0

Note that the results shown in the code above can vary between browsers and browser versions. This is because the values are implementation-specific. That is, the specification requires only that the before and after values are negative and positive.

Specifications

Specification
ECMAScript Internationalization API (ECMA-402)
The definition of 'Intl.Collator constructor' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Update compatibility data on GitHub
DesktopMobileServer
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung InternetNode.js
Collator() constructorChrome Full support 24Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 29IE Full support 11Opera Full support 15Safari Full support 10WebView Android Full support 4.4Chrome Android Full support 25Firefox Android Full support 56Opera Android Full support 14Safari iOS Full support 10Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.5nodejs Full support 13.0.0
Full support 13.0.0
Partial support 0.12
Notes
Notes Before version 13.0.0, only the locale data for en-US is available by default. When other locales are specified, the Collator instance silently falls back to en-US. To make full ICU (locale) data available for versions prior to 13, see Node.js documentation on the --with-intl option and how to provide the data.
caseFirst optionChrome Full support 24Edge Full support 18Firefox Full support 55IE No support NoOpera Full support 15Safari Full support 11WebView Android Full support 4.4Chrome Android Full support 25Firefox Android Full support 56Opera Android Full support 14Safari iOS Full support 11Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.5nodejs Full support 0.12

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.

See also