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JavaScript SyntaxError – Invalid regular expression flag “x”

  • Last Updated : 24 Jul, 2020

This JavaScript exception invalid regular expression flag occurs if the flags, written after the second slash in RegExp literal, are not from either of (g, i, m, s, u, or y).

Message:

SyntaxError: Syntax error in regular expression (Edge) 
SyntaxError: invalid regular expression flag "x" (Firefox)
SyntaxError: Invalid regular expression flags (Chrome)

Error Type:

SyntaxError

Cause for Error: Somewhere in the code, There are regular expression flags that are not valid.

Example 1: This example has valid RegExp flags.



HTML




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title>Syntax Error</title>
</head>
<body>
    <script>
        var patt = /GeeksforGeeks/i;
        var str = 'This is GeeksforGeeks';
        document.write(str.match(patt));
    </script>
</body>
</html>

Output:

GeeksForGeeks

Example 2: In this example, After second slash ‘GFG’ is used as a flag which is invalid.

HTML




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title>Syntax Error</title>
</head>
<body>
    <script>
        var patt = /Geek/GFG;
        var str = 'This is GeeksforGeeks';
        document.write(str.match(patt));
    </script>
</body>
</html>

Output(in console):

SyntaxError: Invalid regular expression flags



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