Vanilla JavaScript palindrome checker in 3 lines

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There comes a time in your life where you need a palindrome checker!

You might now think, what is a palindrome?

It's a word or sentence like mom that you can reverse, and it's still mom!

If that time comes, think about this article and how to check for palindromes in JavaScript.

We will be building this amazing palindrome function, try it out on my Codepen. (See console logs!)

See the Pen Vanilla JavaScript palindrome checker in 3 lines by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.

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To create our function we define a function that accepts one argument, a string.

function palindrome(string) {
// Code here
}

Then we need to convert our input string to lowercase and remove all whitespace.

const original = string.replace(/\s/g,'').toLowerCase();

We are using a regular expression to remove all whitespaces.

The next step is to get the reverse of our string. We we split every character and reverse the array, then we rejoin that array in reversed order.

const reverse = original.split('').reverse().join('');

The last step is to check if they are equal.

return original === reverse;

The whole function will look like this.

function palindrome(string) {
const original = string.replace(/\s/g,'').toLowerCase();
const reverse = original.split('').reverse().join('');
return original === reverse;
}

Awesome, let's see how it works in action.

console.log(palindrome('Mom')); // True
console.log(palindrome('A nut for a jar of tuna')); // True
console.log(palindrome('Not a palindrome')); // False
console.log(palindrome('Taco cat')); // True
console.log(palindrome('Yo banana boy')); // True

Great stuff, we now have a palindrome checker in JavaScript!

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