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JavaScript startsWith and multiple conditions

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How to use startsWith to check for multiple starting strings in JavaScript

1 Dec, 2021 ยท 2 min read

You might have heard of the JavaScript startsWith method. It can check if a particular string starts with another string.

To give you a demonstration it would work something like this:

const string = 'Hi, and welcome from JavaScript';
console.log(string.startsWith('Hi'));
// true
console.log(string.startsWith('Hello'));
// false

Checking for multiple conditions with startsWith

But what if we want to check if a string starts with a multiplication of strings?

So let's say Hi and Hello would be fine.

We could use a conditional statement. However, this might get very unorganized if we decide to allow more strings at a later stage.

However, it would look like this:

const string = 'Hi, and welcome from JavaScript';
const result = string.startsWith('Hi') || string.startsWith('Hello');
console.log(result);
// true

Another way is to use the same method on a predefined array. I quite like the simplicity and naming of this method as it states what's happening.

This is what it looks like:

const result = ['Hi', 'Hello'].some((word) => string.startsWith(word));
console.log(result);
// true

Feel free to try these out in the following CodePen.

See the Pen JavaScript startsWith and multiple conditions by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.

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