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RegExp static properties that expose the last match state globally are deprecated. See deprecated RegExp features for more information.
RegExp.lastMatch static accessor property returns the last matched substring.
RegExp["$&"] is an alias for this property.
lastMatch is a static property of
RegExp, you always use it as
RegExp["$&"], rather than as a property of a
RegExp object you created.
The value of
lastMatch updates whenever a
RegExp (but not a
RegExp subclass) instance makes a successful match. If no matches have been made,
lastMatch is an empty string. The set accessor of
undefined, so you cannot change this property directly.
You cannot use the shorthand alias with the dot property accessor (
& is not a valid identifier part, so this causes a
SyntaxError. Use the bracket notation instead.
$& can also be used in the replacement string of
String.prototype.replace(), but that's unrelated to the
RegExp["$&"] legacy property.
Using lastMatch and $&
const re = /hi/g; re.test("hi there!"); RegExp.lastMatch; // "hi" RegExp["$&"]; // "hi"
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