The valueOf() method returns the primitive value of a String object.

Syntax

str.valueOf()

Return value

A string representing the primitive value of a given String object.

Description

The valueOf() method of String returns the primitive value of a String object as a string data type. This value is equivalent to String.prototype.toString().

This method is usually called internally by JavaScript and not explicitly in code.

Examples

Using valueOf()

var x = new String('Hello world');
console.log(x.valueOf()); // Displays 'Hello world'

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 1st Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.1.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.prototype.valueOf' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.prototype.valueOf' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'String.prototype.valueOf' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung InternetNode.js
Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yesnodejs Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support

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