RegExp.lastMatch ($&)

This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The non-standard lastMatch property is a static and read-only property of regular expressions that contains the last matched characters. RegExp.$& is an alias for this property.


The lastMatch property is static, it is not a property of an individual regular expression object. Instead, you always use it as RegExp.lastMatch or RegExp['$&'].

The value of the lastMatch property is read-only and modified whenever a successful match is made.

You can not use the shorthand alias with the dot property accessor (RegExp.$&), because the parser expects an expression with "&" in that case and a SyntaxError is thrown. Use the bracket notation for property access.


Using lastMatch and $&

var re = /hi/g;
re.test('hi there!');
RegExp.lastMatch; // "hi"
RegExp['$&'];     // "hi"


Legacy RegExp features in JavaScript

Browser compatibility

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RegExp.lastMatch ($&)
Chrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 5.5Opera Full support 10.5Safari Full support 3WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 11Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0nodejs Full support Yes


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Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.

See also