JavaScript String - search() Method


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Description

This method executes the search for a match between a regular expression and this String object.

Syntax

Its syntax is as follows −

string.search(regexp);

Argument Details

regexp − A regular expression object. If a non-RegExp object obj is passed, it is implicitly converted to a RegExp by using new RegExp(obj).

Return Value

If successful, the search returns the index of the regular expression inside the string. Otherwise, it returns -1.

Example

Try the following example.

<html>
   <head>
      <title>JavaScript String search() Method</title>
   </head>
   
   <body>
   
      <script type="text/javascript">
         var re = /apples/gi;
         var str = "Apples are round, and apples are juicy.";
         
         if ( str.search(re) == -1 ){
               document.write("Does not contain Apples" );
            }
            
            else
            {
               document.write("Contains Apples" );
            }
      </script>
      
   </body>
</html>

Output

Contains Apples

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