The global property indicates whether or not the "g" flag is used with the regular expression. global is a read-only property of an individual regular expression instance.

Property attributes of RegExp.prototype.global
Writable no
Enumerable no
Configurable yes

Description

The value of global is a Boolean and true if the "g" flag was used; otherwise, false. The "g" flag indicates that the regular expression should be tested against all possible matches in a string. A regular expression defined as both global ("g") and sticky ("y") will ignore the global flag and perform sticky matches.

You cannot change this property directly.

Examples

Using global

var regex = new RegExp('foo', 'g');

console.log(regex.global); // true

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 3rd Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.2. JavaScript 1.5: global is a property of a RegExp instance, not the RegExp object.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'RegExp.prototype.global' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'RegExp.prototype.global' in that specification.
Standard global is now a prototype accessor property rather than an instance's own data property.
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'RegExp.prototype.global' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
Prototype accessor property (ES2015) Yes ?38 ? Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes
Prototype accessor property (ES2015) Yes Yes ?38 Yes Yes Yes

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