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split() String Method in JavaScript

Published on September 9, 2020
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By Ceferino IV Villareal
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split() String Method in JavaScript

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Sometimes you just need to take strings apart:

var sentence = "Oh a cookie!"

sentence.split(" ");

// [ "Oh", "a", "cookie!" ]


The trick is using the correct separator:


Common use case

If you leave the separator blank, it will dissect each character.

var pieces = sentence.split("");

// [ "O", "h", " ", "a", " ", "c", "o", "o", "k", "i", "e", "!" ]

Notice that the spaces stay in the resulting array because they were not used as the separator.

Learn More

split() is just one of several methods that help developers work with strings, to learn more see How To Index, Split, and Manipulate Strings in JavaScript

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