The toString() method returns a string representing the regular expression.



Return value

A string representing the given object.


The RegExp object overrides the toString() method of the Object object; it does not inherit Object.prototype.toString(). For RegExp objects, the toString() method returns a string representation of the regular expression.


Using toString()

The following example displays the string value of a RegExp object:

var myExp = new RegExp('a+b+c');
console.log(myExp.toString());  // logs '/a+b+c/'

var foo = new RegExp('bar', 'g');
console.log(foo.toString());    // logs '/bar/g'

Empty regular expressions and escaping

Starting with ECMAScript 5, an empty regular expression returns the string "/(?:)/" and line terminators such as "\n" are escaped:

new RegExp().toString(); // "/(?:)/"

new RegExp('\n').toString() === '/\n/';  // true, prior to ES5
new RegExp('\n').toString() === '/\\n/'; // true, starting with ES5


ECMAScript (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'RegExp.prototype.toString' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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toStringChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support 5Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0nodejs Full support 0.1.100
EscapingChrome Full support 73Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 38IE Full support 9Opera Full support 60Safari Full support 6WebView Android Full support 73Chrome Android Full support 73Firefox Android Full support 38Opera Android Full support 52Safari iOS Full support 6Samsung Internet Android No support Nonodejs Full support 12.0.0


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