How to check whether a string contains a substring in JavaScript?

gramm picture gramm · Nov 24, 2009 · Viewed 6.4M times · Source

Usually I would expect a String.contains() method, but there doesn't seem to be one.

What is a reasonable way to check for this?


Fabien Ménager picture Fabien Ménager · Nov 24, 2009

ECMAScript 6 introduced String.prototype.includes:

const string = "foo";
const substring = "oo";


includes doesn’t have Internet Explorer support, though. In ECMAScript 5 or older environments, use String.prototype.indexOf, which returns -1 when a substring cannot be found:

var string = "foo";
var substring = "oo";

console.log(string.indexOf(substring) !== -1);