How can I get file extensions with JavaScript?

See code:

var file1 = "50.xsl";
var file2 = "30.doc";
getFileExtension(file1); //returns xsl
getFileExtension(file2); //returns doc

function getFileExtension(filename) {



Newer Edit: Lots of things have changed since this question was initially posted - there's a lot of really good information in wallacer's revised answer as well as VisioN's excellent breakdown

Edit: Just because this is the accepted answer; wallacer's answer is indeed much better:

return filename.split('.').pop();

My old answer:

return /[^.]+$/.exec(filename);

Should do it.

Edit: In response to PhiLho's comment, use something like:

return (/[.]/.exec(filename)) ? /[^.]+$/.exec(filename) : undefined;
return filename.split('.').pop();

Keep it simple :)


This is another non-regex solution that I believe is more efficient:

return filename.substring(filename.lastIndexOf('.')+1, filename.length) || filename;

There are some corner cases that are better handled by VisioN's answer below, particularly files with no extension (.htaccess etc included).

It's very performant, and handles corner cases in an arguably better way by returning "" instead of the full string when there's no dot or no string before the dot. It's a very well crafted solution, albeit tough to read. Stick it in your helpers lib and just use it.

Old Edit:

A safer implementation if you're going to run into files with no extension, or hidden files with no extension (see VisioN's comment to Tom's answer above) would be something along these lines

var a = filename.split(".");
if( a.length === 1 || ( a[0] === "" && a.length === 2 ) ) {
    return "";
return a.pop();    // feel free to tack .toLowerCase() here if you want

If a.length is one, it's a visible file with no extension ie. file

If a[0] === "" and a.length === 2 it's a hidden file with no extension ie. .htaccess

Hope this helps to clear up issues with the slightly more complex cases. In terms of performance, I believe this solution is a little slower than regex in most browsers. However, for most common purposes this code should be perfectly usable.


The following solution is fast and short enough to use in bulk operations and save extra bytes:

 return fname.slice((fname.lastIndexOf(".") - 1 >>> 0) + 2);

Here is another one-line non-regexp universal solution:

 return fname.slice((Math.max(0, fname.lastIndexOf(".")) || Infinity) + 1);

Both work correctly with names having no extension (e.g. myfile) or starting with . dot (e.g. .htaccess):

 ""                            -->   ""
 "name"                        -->   ""
 "name.txt"                    -->   "txt"
 ".htpasswd"                   -->   ""
 "name.with.many.dots.myext"   -->   "myext"

If you care about the speed you may run the benchmark and check that the provided solutions are the fastest, while the short one is tremendously fast:

Speed comparison

How the short one works:

  1. String.lastIndexOf method returns the last position of the substring (i.e. ".") in the given string (i.e. fname). If the substring is not found method returns -1.
  2. The "unacceptable" positions of dot in the filename are -1 and 0, which respectively refer to names with no extension (e.g. "name") and to names that start with dot (e.g. ".htaccess").
  3. Zero-fill right shift operator (>>>) if used with zero affects negative numbers transforming -1 to 4294967295 and -2 to 4294967294, which is useful for remaining the filename unchanged in the edge cases (sort of a trick here).
  4. String.prototype.slice extracts the part of the filename from the position that was calculated as described. If the position number is more than the length of the string method returns "".

If you want more clear solution which will work in the same way (plus with extra support of full path), check the following extended version. This solution will be slower than previous one-liners but is much easier to understand.

function getExtension(path) {
    var basename = path.split(/[\\/]/).pop(),  // extract file name from full path ...
                                               // (supports `\\` and `/` separators)
        pos = basename.lastIndexOf(".");       // get last position of `.`

    if (basename === "" || pos < 1)            // if file name is empty or ...
        return "";                             //  `.` not found (-1) or comes first (0)

    return basename.slice(pos + 1);            // extract extension ignoring `.`

console.log( getExtension("/path/to/file.ext") );
// >> "ext"

All three variants should work in any web browser on the client side and can be used in the server side NodeJS code as well.

function getFileExtension(filename)
  var ext = /^.+\.([^.]+)$/.exec(filename);
  return ext == null ? "" : ext[1];

Tested with

"a.b"     (=> "b") 
"a"       (=> "") 
".hidden" (=> "") 
""        (=> "") 
null      (=> "")  


"a.b.c.d" (=> "d")
".a.b"    (=> "b")
"a..b"    (=> "b")
function getExt(filename)
    var ext = filename.split('.').pop();
    if(ext == filename) return "";
    return ext;
var extension = fileName.substring(fileName.lastIndexOf('.')+1);
var parts = filename.split('.');
return parts[parts.length-1];
function file_get_ext(filename)
    return typeof filename != "undefined" ? filename.substring(filename.lastIndexOf(".")+1, filename.length).toLowerCase() : false;


 * Extract file extension from URL.
 * @param {String} url
 * @returns {String} File extension or empty string if no extension is present.
var getFileExtension = function (url) {
    "use strict";
    if (url === null) {
        return "";
    var index = url.lastIndexOf("/");
    if (index !== -1) {
        url = url.substring(index + 1); // Keep path without its segments
    index = url.indexOf("?");
    if (index !== -1) {
        url = url.substring(0, index); // Remove query
    index = url.indexOf("#");
    if (index !== -1) {
        url = url.substring(0, index); // Remove fragment
    index = url.lastIndexOf(".");
    return index !== -1
        ? url.substring(index + 1) // Only keep file extension
        : ""; // No extension found


Notice that in the absence of a query, the fragment might still be present.

"" --> "html"
""         --> "html"
"" --> "htaccess"
""      --> ""
""          --> ""
""                                                                          --> ""
null                                                                        --> ""
"a.b.c.d"                                                                   --> "d"
".a.b"                                                                      --> "b"
".a.b."                                                                     --> ""
"a...b"                                                                     --> "b"
"..."                                                                       --> ""


0 Warnings.


i just wanted to share this.


although this has a downfall that files with no extension will return last string. but if you do so this will fix every thing :

   function getExtention(fileName){
     var i = fileName.lastIndexOf('.');
     if(i === -1 ) return false;
     return fileName.slice(i)

Fast and works correctly with paths

(filename.match(/[^\\\/]\.([^.\\\/]+)$/) || [null]).pop()

Some edge cases

/path/.htaccess => null
/ => null

Solutions using split are slow and solutions with lastIndexOf don't handle edge cases.


I'm sure someone can, and will, minify and/or optimize my code in the future. But, as of right now, I am 200% confident that my code works in every unique situation (e.g. with just the file name only, with relative, root-relative, and absolute URL's, with fragment # tags, with query ? strings, and whatever else you may decide to throw at it), flawlessly, and with pin-point precision.

For proof, visit:

Here's the JSFiddle:

Not to be overconfident, or blowing my own trumpet, but I haven't seen any block of code for this task (finding the 'correct' file extension, amidst a battery of different function input arguments) that works as well as this does.

Note: By design, if a file extension doesn't exist for the given input string, it simply returns a blank string "", not an error, nor an error message.

It takes two arguments:

  • String: fileNameOrURL (self-explanatory)

  • Boolean: showUnixDotFiles (Whether or Not to show files that begin with a dot ".")

Note (2): If you like my code, be sure to add it to your js library's, and/or repo's, because I worked hard on perfecting it, and it would be a shame to go to waste. So, without further ado, here it is:

function getFileExtension(fileNameOrURL, showUnixDotFiles)
        /* First, let's declare some preliminary variables we'll need later on. */
        var fileName;
        var fileExt;

        /* Now we'll create a hidden anchor ('a') element (Note: No need to append this element to the document). */
        var hiddenLink = document.createElement('a');

        /* Just for fun, we'll add a CSS attribute of [ style.display = "none" ]. Remember: You can never be too sure! */ = "none";

        /* Set the 'href' attribute of the hidden link we just created, to the 'fileNameOrURL' argument received by this function. */
        hiddenLink.setAttribute('href', fileNameOrURL);

        /* Now, let's take advantage of the browser's built-in parser, to remove elements from the original 'fileNameOrURL' argument received by this function, without actually modifying our newly created hidden 'anchor' element.*/ 
        fileNameOrURL = fileNameOrURL.replace(hiddenLink.protocol, ""); /* First, let's strip out the protocol, if there is one. */
        fileNameOrURL = fileNameOrURL.replace(hiddenLink.hostname, ""); /* Now, we'll strip out the host-name (i.e. domain-name) if there is one. */
        fileNameOrURL = fileNameOrURL.replace(":" + hiddenLink.port, ""); /* Now finally, we'll strip out the port number, if there is one (Kinda overkill though ;-)). */  

        /* Now, we're ready to finish processing the 'fileNameOrURL' variable by removing unnecessary parts, to isolate the file name. */

        /* Operations for working with [relative, root-relative, and absolute] URL's ONLY [BEGIN] */ 

        /* Break the possible URL at the [ '?' ] and take first part, to shave of the entire query string ( everything after the '?'), if it exist. */
        fileNameOrURL = fileNameOrURL.split('?')[0];

        /* Sometimes URL's don't have query's, but DO have a fragment [ # ](i.e 'reference anchor'), so we should also do the same for the fragment tag [ # ]. */
        fileNameOrURL = fileNameOrURL.split('#')[0];

        /* Now that we have just the URL 'ALONE', Let's remove everything to the last slash in URL, to isolate the file name. */
        fileNameOrURL = fileNameOrURL.substr(1 + fileNameOrURL.lastIndexOf("/"));

        /* Operations for working with [relative, root-relative, and absolute] URL's ONLY [END] */ 

        /* Now, 'fileNameOrURL' should just be 'fileName' */
        fileName = fileNameOrURL;

        /* Now, we check if we should show UNIX dot-files, or not. This should be either 'true' or 'false'. */  
        if ( showUnixDotFiles == false )
                /* If not ('false'), we should check if the filename starts with a period (indicating it's a UNIX dot-file). */
                if ( fileName.startsWith(".") )
                        /* If so, we return a blank string to the function caller. Our job here, is done! */
                        return "";

        /* Now, let's get everything after the period in the filename (i.e. the correct 'file extension'). */
        fileExt = fileName.substr(1 + fileName.lastIndexOf("."));

        /* Now that we've discovered the correct file extension, let's return it to the function caller. */
        return fileExt;

Enjoy! You're Quite Welcome!:


// ???????
function getFileExtension(file) {
  var regexp = /\.([0-9a-z]+)(?:[\?#]|$)/i;
  var extension = file.match(regexp);
  return extension && extension[1];



Try this:

function getFileExtension(filename) {
  var fileinput = document.getElementById(filename);
  if (!fileinput)
    return "";
  var filename = fileinput.value;
  if (filename.length == 0)
    return "";
  var dot = filename.lastIndexOf(".");
  if (dot == -1)
    return "";
  var extension = filename.substr(dot, filename.length);
  return extension;

If you are dealing with web urls, you can use:

function getExt(filename){
     return filename.split("?")[0].split("#")[0].split('.').pop();

getExt("logic.v2.min.js") // js
getExt("") // php
getExt("") // html
getExt("c:\\logs\\yesterday.log"); // log


return filename.replace(/\.([a-zA-Z0-9]+)$/, "$1");

edit: Strangely (or maybe it's not) the $1 in the second argument of the replace method doesn't seem to work... Sorry.


I just realized that it's not enough to put a comment on p4bl0's answer, though Tom's answer clearly solves the problem:

return filename.replace(/^.*?\.([a-zA-Z0-9]+)$/, "$1");

For most applications, a simple script such as

return /[^.]+$/.exec(filename);

would work just fine (as provided by Tom). However this is not fool proof. It does not work if the following file name is provided:


It may be a bit overkill but I would suggest using a url parser such as this one to avoid failure due to unpredictable filenames.

Using that particular function, you could get the file name like this:

var trueFileName = parse_url('image.jpg?foo=bar').file;

This will output "image.jpg" without the url vars. Then you are free to grab the file extension.

function func() {
  var val = document.frm.filename.value;
  var arr = val.split(".");
  alert(arr[arr.length - 1]);
  var arr1 = val.split("\\");
  alert(arr1[arr1.length - 2]);
  if (arr[1] == "gif" || arr[1] == "bmp" || arr[1] == "jpeg") {
    alert("this is an image file ");
  } else {
    alert("this is not an image file");
function extension(fname) {
  var pos = fname.lastIndexOf(".");
  var strlen = fname.length;
  if (pos != -1 && strlen != pos + 1) {
    var ext = fname.split(".");
    var len = ext.length;
    var extension = ext[len - 1].toLowerCase();
  } else {
    extension = "No extension found";
  return extension;



always returns the extension lower cas so you can check it on field change works for:


file (no extension)

file. (noextension)


If you are looking for a specific extension and know its length, you can use substr:

var file1 = "50.xsl";

if (file1.substr(-4) == '.xsl') {
  // do something

JavaScript reference:


I'm many moons late to the party but for simplicity I use something like this

var fileName = "I.Am.FileName.docx";
var nameLen = fileName.length;
var lastDotPos = fileName.lastIndexOf(".");
var fileNameSub = false;
if(lastDotPos === -1)
    fileNameSub = false;
    //Remove +1 if you want the "." left too
    fileNameSub = fileName.substr(lastDotPos + 1, nameLen);
document.getElementById("showInMe").innerHTML = fileNameSub;
<div id="showInMe"></div>


A one line solution that will also account for query params and any characters in url.

string.match(/(.*)\??/i).shift().replace(/\?.*/, '').split('.').pop()

// Example
// jpg

This simple solution

function extension(filename) {
  var r = /.+\.(.+)$/.exec(filename);
  return r ? r[1] : null;


/* tests */
test('cat.gif', 'gif');
test('main.c', 'c');
test('', 'zip');
test('.htaccess', null);
test('noextension.', null);
test('noextension', null);
test('', null);

// test utility function
function test(input, expect) {
  var result = extension(input);
  if (result === expect)
    console.log(result, input);
    console.error(result, input);

function extension(filename) {
  var r = /.+\.(.+)$/.exec(filename);
  return r ? r[1] : null;


There is a standard library function for this in the path module:

import path from 'path';




So, if you only want the format:

path.extname('abc.txt').slice(1) // 'txt'

If there is no extension, then the function will return an empty string:

path.extname('abc') // ''

If you are using Node, then path is built-in. If you are targetting the browser, then Webpack will bundle a path implementation for you. If you are targetting the browser without Webpack, then you can include path-browserify manually.

There is no reason to do string splitting or regex.


Wallacer's answer is nice, but one more checking is needed.

If file has no extension, it will use filename as extension which is not good.

Try this one:

return ( filename.indexOf('.') > 0 ) ? filename.split('.').pop().toLowerCase() : 'undefined';

Don't forget that some files can have no extension, so:

var parts = filename.split('.');
return (parts.length > 1) ? parts.pop() : '';
var file = "hello.txt";
var ext = (function(file, lio) { 
  return lio === -1 ? undefined : file.substring(lio+1); 
})(file, file.lastIndexOf("."));

// hello.txt -> txt
// hello.dolly.txt -> txt
// hello -> undefined
// .hello -> hello
fetchFileExtention(fileName) {
    return fileName.slice((fileName.lastIndexOf(".") - 1 >>> 0) + 2);
var filetypeArray = (file.type).split("/");
var filetype = filetypeArray[1];

This is a better approach imo.


"one-liner" to get filename and extension using reduce and array destructuring :

var str = "filename.with_dot.png";
var [filename, extension] = str.split('.').reduce((acc, val, i, arr) => (i == arr.length - 1) ? [acc[0].substring(1), val] : [[acc[0], val].join('.')], [])

console.log({filename, extension});

with better indentation :

var str = "filename.with_dot.png";
var [filename, extension] = str.split('.')
   .reduce((acc, val, i, arr) => (i == arr.length - 1) 
       ? [acc[0].substring(1), val] 
       : [[acc[0], val].join('.')], [])

console.log({filename, extension});

// {
//   "filename": "filename.with_dot",
//   "extension": "png"
// }


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