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Javascript String - search() Method

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



Here is the detail of parameters:

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


<title>JavaScript String search() Method</title>
<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" );
   document.write("Contains Apples" );


This will produce following result:

Contains Apples

To understand it in better way you can Try it yourself.

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