JavaScript RegExp \S Metacharacter

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Example

Do a global search for non-whitespace characters in a string:

var str = "Is this all there is?";
var patt1 = /\S/g;

The marked text below shows where the expression gets a match (matches everything except the whitespaces):

Is this all there is?

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Definition and Usage

The \S metacharacter is used to find a non-whitespace character.

A whitespace character can be:

  • A space character
  • A tab character
  • A carriage return character
  • A new line character
  • A vertical tab character
  • A form feed character

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The \S metacharacter is supported in all major browsers.


Syntax

new RegExp("\\S")

or simply:

/\S/

Syntax with modifiers

new RegExp("\\S","g")

or simply:

/\S/g

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