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    The parseFloat() function parses a string argument and returns a floating point number.




    A string that represents the value you want to parse.


    parseFloat is a top-level function and is not associated with any object.

    parseFloat parses its argument, a string, and returns a floating point number. If it encounters a character other than a sign (+ or -), numeral (0-9), a decimal point, or an exponent, it returns the value up to that point and ignores that character and all succeeding characters. Leading and trailing spaces are allowed.

    If the first character cannot be converted to a number, parseFloat returns NaN.

    For arithmetic purposes, the NaN value is not a number in any radix. You can call the isNaN function to determine if the result of parseFloat is NaN. If NaN is passed on to arithmetic operations, the operation results will also be NaN.

    parseFloat can also parse and return the value Infinity. You can use the isFinite function to determine if the result is a finite number (not Infinity, -Infinity, or NaN).


    Example: parseFloat returning a number

    The following examples all return 3.14

    parseFloat("3.14more non-digit characters");

    Example: parseFloat returning NaN

    The following example returns NaN


    A stricter parse function

    It is sometime useful to have a stricter way to parse float values, regular expressions can help :

    var filterFloat = function (value) {
          return Number(value);
      return NaN;
    console.log(filterFloat('421'));               // 421
    console.log(filterFloat('-421'));              // -421
    console.log(filterFloat('+421'));              // 421
    console.log(filterFloat('Infinity'));          // Infinity
    console.log(filterFloat('1.61803398875'));     // 1.61803398875
    console.log(filterFloat('421e+0'));            // NaN
    console.log(filterFloat('421hop'));            // NaN
    console.log(filterFloat('hop1.61803398875'));  // NaN

    Note that this code is an example only; it does not accept valid numbers such as 1. or .5.


    Specification Status Comment
    ECMAScript 1st Edition. Standard Initial definition.
    ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
    The definition of 'parseFloat' in that specification.
    ECMAScript 6 (ECMA-262)
    The definition of 'parseFloat' in that specification.
    Release Candidate  

    Browser compatibility

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

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