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JavaScript | RegExp \s Metacharacter
  • Last Updated : 22 Apr, 2019

The RegExp \s Metacharacter in JavaScript is used to find the whitespace characters. The whitespace character can be a space/tab/new line/vertical character. It is same as [ \t\n\r].

Syntax:

/\s/ 

or

new RegExp("\\s")

Syntax with modifiers:

/\s/g 

or



new RegExp("\\s", "g")

Example 1: This example replaces the white spaces with dash.

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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  
<head>
    <title>
        JavaScript RegExp s Metacharacter
    </title>
</head>
  
<body style="text-align:center">
      
    <h1 style="color:green">
        GeeksforGeeks
    </h1>
      
    <h2>RegExp \s Metacharacter</h2>
      
    <p>
        Input String: GeeksforGeeks is the computer
        science\nportal\tfor geeks.
    </p>
      
    <button onclick="geek()">
        Click it!
    </button>
      
    <p id="app"></p>
      
    <script>
        function geek() {
            var regex = /\s/g;
            var replace = "-";
            var str = "GeeksforGeeks is the computer "
                    + "science\nportal\tfor geeks.";
            var str1 = str.replace(regex, replace);
            alert("The new string is: \n" + str1);
        }
    </script>
</body>
  
</html>                    

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Output:
Before Clicking the button:
backs
After Clicking the button:
backs

Example 2: This example replaces all the white spaces with hash(#).

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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  
<head>
    <title>
        JavaScript RegExp s Metacharacter
    </title>
</head>
  
<body style="text-align:center">
      
    <h1 style="color:green">
        GeeksforGeeks
    </h1>
      
    <h2>RegExp \s Metacharacter</h2>
      
    <p>
        Input String: Geeks Classes is a Classroom
        programme by GeeksforGeeks to enhance DSA.
    </p>
      
    <button onclick="geek()">
        Click it!
    </button>
      
    <p id="app"></p>
      
    <script>
        function geek() {
            var regex = new RegExp("\\s", "g");
            var replace = "#";
            var str = "Geeks Classes is a Classroom "
                    + "programme\nby GeeksforGeeks\tto"
                    + " enhance DSA";
            var str1 = str.replace(regex, replace);
            alert("The new string is: \n" + str1);
        }
    </script>
</body>
  
</html>                    

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Output:
Before Clicking the button:
backs
After Clicking the button:
backs

Supported Browsers: The browsers supported by RegExp \s Metacharacter are listed below:

  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Internet Explorer

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