Remove whitespaces inside a string in javascript

I've read this question about javascript trim, with a regex answer.

Then I expect trim to remove the inner space between Hello and World.

function myFunction() {
    alert("Hello World ".trim());
}

EDITED

Why I expected that!?

Nonsense! Obviously trim doesn't remove inner spaces!, only leading and trailing ones, that's how trim works, then this was a very wrong question, my apologies.

Answers:

Answer

Probably because you forgot to implement the solution in the accepted answer. That's the code that makes trim() work.

update

This answer only applies to older browsers. Newer browsers apparently support trim() natively.

Answer

You can use Strings replace method with a regular expression.

"Hello World ".replace(/ /g, "");

The replace() method returns a new string with some or all matches of a pattern replaced by a replacement. The pattern can be a string or a RegExp

RegExp

  • / / - Regular expression matching spaces

  • g - Global flag; find all matches rather than stopping after the first match

const str = "H    e            l l       o  World! ".replace(/ /g, "");
document.getElementById("greeting").innerText = str;
<p id="greeting"><p>

Answer

For space-character removal use

"hello world".replace(/\s/g, "");

for all white space use the suggestion by Rocket in the comments below!

Answer

You can use

"Hello World ".replace(/\s+/g, '');

trim() only removes trailing spaces on the string (first and last on the chain). In this case this regExp is faster because you can remove one or more spaces at the same time.

If you change the replacement empty string to '$', the difference becomes much clearer:

var string= '  Q  W E   R TY ';
console.log(string.replace(/\s/g, '$'));  // $$Q$$W$E$$$R$TY$
console.log(string.replace(/\s+/g, '#')); // $Q$W$E$R$TY$

Performance comparison - /\s+/g is faster. See here: http://jsperf.com/s-vs-s

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