RegExp.prototype.global

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

var str = 'fooexamplefoo';

var str1 = str.replace(regex, '');

console.log(str1);  // Output: example

var regex1 = new RegExp('foo');

var str2 = str.replace(regex1, '');

console.log(str2);  // Output: examplefoo

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

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung InternetNode.js
globalChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 5.5Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support 1.0nodejs Full support Yes
Prototype accessor property (ES2015)Chrome Full support 48Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 38IE Full support 5.5Opera Full support 35Safari Full support YesWebView Android Full support 48Chrome Android Full support 48Firefox Android Full support 38Opera Android Full support 35Safari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support 5.0nodejs Full support Yes

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See also