Vanilla JavaScript string includes

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While we recently checked if a string startsWith or a string endsWith a specific substring, today we will learn how to find out if a string includes another substring.

To do so, we are using the JavaScript function includes().

JavaScript includes() function permalink

We can use the includes() function by calling it on a string and passing a substring to it:

var string =
'The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.';

// Check if it includes with `living`
console.log(string.includes('living'));
// true

For the includes() function it is important to know that it is a case sensitive function. So the following code will fail:

var string =
'The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.';

// Check if it includes with `Living`
console.log(string.includes('Living'));
// false

String includes with offset position parameter permalink

As the brothers startsWith() and endsWith() this one has another position parameter. This position is from where it will start to look.

var string =
'The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.';

// Check if it includes with `living`
console.log(string.includes('living', 30));
// false

See the code examples in this Codepen permalink

Feel free to play with the code here:

See the Pen Vanilla JavaScript string includes by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.

Browser Support permalink

This function works well in all modern browsers, including edge!

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