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In this Javascript article, let's learn about String: 13 Most Popular Javascript String Libraries

Table of contents:

  • voca - The ultimate JavaScript string library
  • selecting - A library that allows you to access the text selected by the user.
  • underscore.string - String manipulation extensions for Underscore.js JavaScript library.
  • string.js - Extra JavaScript string methods.
  • he - A robust HTML entity encoder/decoder written in JavaScript.
  • multiline - Multiline strings in JavaScript.
  • query-string - Parse and stringify URL query strings.
  • URI.js - JavaScript URL mutation library.
  • jsurl - Lightweight URL manipulation with JavaScript.
  • sprintf.js - A sprintf implementation.
  • url-pattern - Easier than regex string matching patterns for urls and other strings. Turn strings into data or data into strings.
  • plexis - Lo-fi, powerful, community-driven string manipulation library.
  • url-state-machine - Super fast spec-compliant URL parser state machine for Node.js.

What is a string in JavaScript?

A string is a sequence of one or more characters that may consist of letters, numbers, or symbols. Strings in JavaScript are primitive data types and immutable, which means they are unchanging.


13 Most Popular Javascript String Libraries

  1. Voca 

Voca is a JavaScript library for manipulating strings. https://vocajs.com

v.camelCase('bird flight');              // => 'birdFlight'
v.sprintf('%s costs $%.2f', 'Tea', 1.5); // => 'Tea costs $1.50'
v.slugify('What a wonderful world');     // => 'what-a-wonderful-world'

The Voca library offers helpful functions to make string manipulations comfortable: change case, trim, pad, slugify, latinise, sprintf'y, truncate, escape and much more. The modular design allows to load the entire library, or individual functions to minimize the application builds. The library is fully tested, well documented and long-term supported.

Features

  • Provides the complete set of functions to manipulate, chop, format, escape and query strings
  • Includes detailed, easy to read and searchable documentation
  • Supports a wide range of environments: Node.js 0.10+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari 7+, Edge 13+, IE 9+
  • 100% code coverage
  • No dependencies

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2.  Selecting

A library that allows you to access the text selected by the user.

Instalation

To install Selecting, execute:

  npm install selecting

Or Bower too:

  bower install selecting

Or simply pick up the file from src directory.

Supported Browsers

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 9.0+
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • iOS
  • Android

How to use?

Selecting doesn't depend on jQuery, Zepto or any other library to work. You need just to include it at the end of your HTML code:

  <script src="selecting.js"></script>

Then you can call window.selecting function passing two parameters: an DOM element (jQuery object or NodeList) to listen to and a callback function that receive a Selection object by parameter. For example:

  window.selecting($('.container'), function(selector) {
    // Properties
    selector.text; // The selected text
    selector.wordCount; // The number of words selected
  });

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3.  Underscore.string

Javascript lacks complete string manipulation operations. This is an attempt to fill that gap. List of build-in methods can be found for example from Dive Into JavaScript. Originally started as an Underscore.js extension but is a full standalone library nowadays.

Upgrading from 2.x to 3.x? Please read the changelog.

Usage

For Node.js, Browserify and Webpack

Install from npm

npm install underscore.string

Require individual functions

var slugify = require("underscore.string/slugify");

slugify("Hello world!");
// => hello-world

or load the full library to enable chaining

var s = require("underscore.string");

s("   epeli  ").trim().capitalize().value();
// => "Epeli"

but especially when using with Browserify the individual function approach is recommended because using it you only add those functions to your bundle you use.

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4.  string.js

string.js, or simply S is a lightweight (< 5 kb minified and gzipped) JavaScript library for the browser or for Node.js that provides extra String methods. Originally, it modified the String prototype. But I quickly learned that in JavaScript, this is considered poor practice.

Why?

Personally, I prefer the cleanliness of the way code looks when it appears to be native methods. i.e. when you modify native JavaScript prototypes. However, if any app dependency required string.js, then the app's string prototype would be modified in every module. This could be troublesome. So I settled on creating a wrapper a la jQuery style. For those of you prototype hatin' fools, there is the method extendPrototype().

Here's a list of alternative frameworks:

Why wasn't I happy with any of them? They are all static methods that don't seem to support chaining in a clean way 'OR' they have an odd dependency. Sugar is the notable exception.

Installation

If you want to use this library, you first need to install the [Node.js] (https://nodejs.org/en/).

When you install node.js, will also be installed [npm] (https://www.npmjs.com/).

Please run the following command.

npm install --save string

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5.  he

A robust HTML entity encoder/decoder written in JavaScript.

Installation

Via npm:

npm install he

Via Bower:

bower install he

Via Component:

component install mathiasbynens/he

In a browser:

<script src="he.js"></script>

In Node.js, io.js, Narwhal, and RingoJS:

var he = require('he');

In Rhino:

load('he.js');

Using an AMD loader like RequireJS:

require(
  {
    'paths': {
      'he': 'path/to/he'
    }
  },
  ['he'],
  function(he) {
    console.log(he);
  }
);

API

he.version

A string representing the semantic version number.

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6.  multiline

Multiline strings in JavaScript

No more string concatenation or array join!

Use ES2015 template literals instead whenever possible.

Before

const str = '' +
'<!doctype html>' +
'<html>' +
'	<body>' +
'		<h1>❤ unicorns</h1>' +
'	</body>' +
'</html>' +
'';

After

const str = multiline(()=>{/*
<!doctype html>
<html>
	<body>
		<h1>❤ unicorns</h1>
	</body>
</html>
*/});

How

It works by wrapping the text in a block comment, anonymous function, and a function call. The anonymous function is passed into the function call and the contents of the comment extracted.

Even though it's slower than string concat, that shouldn't realistically matter as you can still do 2 million of those a second. Convenience over micro performance always.

Install

$ npm install multiline

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7.  query-string

Parse and stringify URL query strings

Install

$ npm install query-string

Not npm install querystring!!!!!

This module targets Node.js 6 or later and the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Usage

const queryString = require('query-string');

console.log(location.search);
//=> '?foo=bar'

const parsed = queryString.parse(location.search);
console.log(parsed);
//=> {foo: 'bar'}

console.log(location.hash);
//=> '#token=bada55cafe'

const parsedHash = queryString.parse(location.hash);
console.log(parsedHash);
//=> {token: 'bada55cafe'}

parsed.foo = 'unicorn';
parsed.ilike = 'pizza';

const stringified = queryString.stringify(parsed);
//=> 'foo=unicorn&ilike=pizza'

location.search = stringified;
// note that `location.search` automatically prepends a question mark
console.log(location.search);
//=> '?foo=unicorn&ilike=pizza'

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8.  URI.js

Javascript URL mutation library

I always want to shoot myself in the head when looking at code like the following:

var url = "http://example.org/foo?bar=baz";
var separator = url.indexOf('?') > -1 ? '&' : '?';

url += separator + encodeURIComponent("foo") + "=" + encodeURIComponent("bar");

Things are looking up with URL and the URL spec but until we can safely rely on that API, have a look at URI.js for a clean and simple API for mutating URIs:

var url = new URI("http://example.org/foo?bar=baz");
url.addQuery("foo", "bar");

URI.js is here to help with that.

API Example

// mutating URLs
URI("http://example.org/foo.html?hello=world")
  .username("rodneyrehm")
    // -> http://rodneyrehm@example.org/foo.html?hello=world
  .username("")
    // -> http://example.org/foo.html?hello=world
  .directory("bar")
    // -> http://example.org/bar/foo.html?hello=world
  .suffix("xml")
    // -> http://example.org/bar/foo.xml?hello=world
  .query("")
    // -> http://example.org/bar/foo.xml
  .tld("com")
    // -> http://example.com/bar/foo.xml
  .query({ foo: "bar", hello: ["world", "mars"] });
    // -> http://example.com/bar/foo.xml?foo=bar&hello=world&hello=mars

// cleaning things up
URI("?&foo=bar&&foo=bar&foo=baz&")
  .normalizeQuery();
    // -> ?foo=bar&foo=baz

// working with relative paths
URI("/foo/bar/baz.html")
  .relativeTo("/foo/bar/world.html");
    // -> ./baz.html

URI("/foo/bar/baz.html")
  .relativeTo("/foo/bar/sub/world.html")
    // -> ../baz.html
  .absoluteTo("/foo/bar/sub/world.html");
    // -> /foo/bar/baz.html

// URI Templates
URI.expand("/foo/{dir}/{file}", {
  dir: "bar",
  file: "world.html"
});
// -> /foo/bar/world.html

See the About Page and API Docs for more stuff.

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9.  jsurl

Lightweight URL manipulation with JavaScript for both DOM and server JavaScript.

Goal

To have a convenient way working with URLs in JavaScript. From time to time there are usual tasks when it is required to add or remove some parameters to some basic URL or change some other URL parts.

There is no easy standard way to do it in JavaScript.

This small library intended to fix that problem

Supported Browsers

This library was tested under:

  • IE 7+
  • Chrome 25+
  • Opera 12.15+
  • Firefox 20+
  • Android browser 2.3+
  • NodeJS 0.10+

How To Use

First of all it is required to include Url class on the page. It can be simply done as

<script src="url.min.js"></script>

Then any time it's required to do some work over the URL string, it's just required to instantiate the Url object and work with that object instead of initial string. See API description below to get a clue.

Install with JAM

It is possible also to install domurl via JAM repository (http://jamjs.org/). Could be simply done as:

$ jam install domurl

Install with Bower

It is also possible now to install domurl using Bower package repository. Could be done simply as:

$ bower install domurl

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10.  sprintf-js

sprintf-js is a complete open source JavaScript sprintf implementation for the browser and Node.js.

Note: as of v1.1.1 you might need some polyfills for older environments. See Support section below.

Usage

var sprintf = require('sprintf-js').sprintf,
    vsprintf = require('sprintf-js').vsprintf

sprintf('%2$s %3$s a %1$s', 'cracker', 'Polly', 'wants')
vsprintf('The first 4 letters of the english alphabet are: %s, %s, %s and %s', ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd'])

Installation

NPM

npm install sprintf-js

Bower

bower install sprintf

API

sprintf

Returns a formatted string:

string sprintf(string format, mixed arg1?, mixed arg2?, ...)

vsprintf

Same as sprintf except it takes an array of arguments, rather than a variable number of arguments:

string vsprintf(string format, array arguments?)

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11.  url-pattern

easier than regex string matching patterns for urls and other strings. turn strings into data or data into strings.

This is a great little library -- thanks!
michael

make pattern:

var pattern = new UrlPattern('/api/users(/:id)');

match pattern against string and extract values:

pattern.match('/api/users/10'); // {id: '10'}
pattern.match('/api/users'); // {}
pattern.match('/api/products/5'); // null

generate string from pattern and values:

pattern.stringify() // '/api/users'
pattern.stringify({id: 20}) // '/api/users/20'

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12.  plexis

Lo-fi, powerful, community-driven string manipulation library.

This is the main monorepo codebase of Plexis.js a production-ready string manipulation library that's community-driven.

What is Plexis?

Vision

For the past few years managing, contributing or even starting an open-source project could be hard, especially for newcomers. Plexis was born and driven by the JavaScript community. Our initial goal is to provide a production-ready set of utilities and help people understand how an open-source project is maintained. Plexis is driven by our contributors and it should always stay that way.

You may have noticed that some functions are missing and there are lots of open issues in our repo. That's because we want to allow people to create through the process of learning. Plexis grows with the community and we want to provide a friendly environment for people to get creative, have fun and expand their expertise into JavaScript.

Plexis aims to be the best and most flexible library for string operations in the JavaScript and also encourage everyone to learn.

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13.  url-js

Super fast spec-compliant URL state machine for Node.js

URL State Machine

Super fast specification compliant URL state machine for Node.js. For more information about the URL parsing state machine visit here.

Installation

npm i --save url-state-machine

Usage

const URLStateMachine = require('url-state-machine')
const state = new URLStateMachine('https://www.yagiz.co/implementing-node-js-url-parser-in-webassembly-with-rust')

console.log(state.url)
// {
//   scheme: 'https',
//   username: '',
//   password: '',
//   host: 'www.yagiz.co',
//   port: null,
//   path: [ 'implementing-node-js-url-parser-in-webassembly-with-rust' ],
//   query: null,
//   fragment: null
// }

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String Javascript FAQ

  • What is string in JavaScript with example?

In JavaScript, strings are immutable. That means the characters of a string cannot be changed. For example, let a = 'hello'; a[0] = 'H'; console.log(a); // "hello" However, you can assign the variable name to a new string. For example, let a = 'hello'; a = 'Hello'; console.log(a); // "Hello"

  • What is string and example?

A string is any series of characters that are interpreted literally by a script. For example, "hello world" and "LKJH019283" are both examples of strings. In computer programming, a string is attached to a variable as shown in the example below.

  • What is a string in code?

Most programming languages have a data type called a string, which is used for data values that are made up of ordered sequences of characters, such as "hello world". A string can contain any sequence of characters, visible or invisible, and characters may be repeated.

  • What are string functions?

With string functions, you can create expressions in Access that manipulate text in a variety of ways. For example, you might want to display only part of a serial number on a form. Or, you might need to join (concatenate) several strings together, such as a last name and a first name.


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