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String.prototype.toString()

The toString() method returns a string representing the specified object.

Syntax

str.toString()

Description

The String object overrides the toString() method of the Object object; it does not inherit Object.prototype.toString(). For String objects, the toString() method returns a string representation of the object and is the same as the String.prototype.valueOf() method.

Examples

Using toString()

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

var x = new String('Hello world');

console.log(x.toString()); // logs 'Hello world'

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 3rd Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.1.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.prototype.toString' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.prototype.toString' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2017 Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.prototype.toString' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

See also

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