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JavaScript String substring() Method

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Example

Extract characters from a string:

var str = "Hello world!";
var res = str.substring(1, 4);

The result of res will be:

ell

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Definition and Usage

The substring() method extracts the characters from a string, between two specified indices, and returns the new sub string.

This method extracts the characters in a string between "start" and "end", not including "end" itself.

If "start" is greater than "end", this method will swap the two arguments, meaning str.substring(1,4) == str.substring(4,1).

If either "start" or "stop" is less than 0, it is treated as if it were 0.

Note: The substring() method does not change the original string.


Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The substring() method is supported in all major browsers.


Syntax

string.substring(start,end)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
start Required. The position where to start the extraction. First character is at index 0
end Optional. The position (up to, but not including) where to end the extraction. If omitted, it extracts the rest of the string

Return Value

Type Description
String A new string containing the extracted characters

Technical Details

JavaScript Version: 1.0


More Examples

Example

Begin the extraction at position 2, and extract the rest of the string:

var str = "Hello world!";
var res = str.substring(2)

The result of res will be:

llo world!

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Example

If "start" is greater than "end", it will swap the two arguments:

var str = "Hello world!";
var res = str.substring(4, 1);

The result of res will be:

ell

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Example

If "start" is less than 0, it will start extraction from index position 0:

var str = "Hello world!";
var res = str.substring(-3)

The result of res will be:

Hello World!

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Example

Extract only the first character:

var str = "Hello world!";
var res = str.substring(0, 1)

The result of res will be:

H

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Example

Extract only the last character:

var str = "Hello world!";
var res = str.substring(11, 12)

The result of res will be:

!

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