The static String.raw() method is a tag function of template literals, similar to the r prefix in Python or the @ prefix in C# for string literals (yet there is a difference: see explanations in this issue). It's used to get the raw string form of template strings, that is, substitutions (e.g. ${foo}) are processed, but escapes (e.g. \n) are not.


String.raw(callSite, ...substitutions)



Well-formed template call site object, like { raw: ['foo', 'bar', 'baz'] }.
Contains substitution values.
A template string, optionally with substitutions (${...}).

Return value

The raw string form of a given template string.


A TypeError is thrown if the first argument is not a well formed object.


In most cases, String.raw() is used with template strings. The first syntax mentioned above is only rarely used, because the JavaScript engine will call this with proper arguments for you, just like with other tag functions.

String.raw() is the only built-in tag function of template strings; it works just like the default template function and performs concatenation. You can even re-implement it with normal JavaScript code.


Using String.raw()

// 'Hi\n5!', the character after 'Hi'
// is not a newline character,
// '\' and 'n' are two characters.

// 'Hi\u000A!', same here, this time we will get the
//  \, u, 0, 0, 0, A, 6 characters.
// All kinds of escape characters will be ineffective
// and backslashes will be present in the output string.
// You can confirm this by checking the .length property
// of the string.

let name = 'Bob';
// 'Hi\nBob!', substitutions are processed.

// Normally you would not call String.raw() as a function,
// but to simulate `t${0}e${1}s${2}t` you can do:
String.raw({ raw: 'test' }, 0, 1, 2); // 't0e1s2t'
// Note that 'test', a string, is an array-like object
// The following is equivalent to
// `foo${2 + 3}bar${'Java' + 'Script'}baz`
  raw: ['foo', 'bar', 'baz'] 
}, 2 + 3, 'Java' + 'Script'); // 'foo5barJavaScriptbaz'


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.raw' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.raw' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support41 Yes34 No No10
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support No41 Yes34 No104.0

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