Check whether variable is number or string in JavaScript

Does anyone know how can I check whether a variable is a number or a string in JavaScript?



If you're dealing with literal notation, and not constructors, you can use typeof:.

typeof "Hello World"; // string
typeof 123;           // number

If you're creating numbers and strings via a constructor, such as var foo = new String("foo"), you should keep in mind that typeof may return object for foo.

Perhaps a more foolproof method of checking the type would be to utilize the method found in underscore.js (annotated source can be found here),

var toString = Object.prototype.toString;

_.isString = function (obj) {
  return == '[object String]';

This returns a boolean true for the following:

_.isString("Jonathan"); // true
_.isString(new String("Jonathan")); // true

Best way to do that is using isNaN + type casting:

Updated all-in method:

function isNumber(n) { return !isNaN(parseFloat(n)) && !isNaN(n - 0) }

The same using regex:

function isNumber(n) { return /^-?[\d.]+(?:e-?\d+)?$/.test(n); } 


isNumber('123'); // true  
isNumber('123abc'); // false  
isNumber(5); // true  
isNumber('q345'); // false
isNumber(null); // false
isNumber(undefined); // false
isNumber(false); // false
isNumber('   '); // false

The best way I have found is to either check for a method on the string, i.e.:

if (x.substring) {
// do string thing
} else{
// do other thing

or if you want to do something with the number check for a number property,

if (x.toFixed) {
// do number thing
} else {
// do other thing

This is sort of like "duck typing", it's up to you which way makes the most sense. I don't have enough karma to comment, but typeof fails for boxed strings and numbers, i.e.:

alert(typeof new String('Hello World'));
alert(typeof new Number(5));

will alert "object".


You're looking for isNaN():


See JavaScript isNaN() Function at MDN.


Check if the value is a string literal or String object:

function isString(o) {
    return typeof o == "string" || (typeof o == "object" && o.constructor === String);

Unit test:

function assertTrue(value, message) {
    if (!value) {
        alert("Assertion error: " + message);

function assertFalse(value, message)
    assertTrue(!value, message);

assertTrue(isString("string literal"), "number literal");
assertTrue(isString(new String("String object")), "String object");
assertFalse(isString(1), "number literal");
assertFalse(isString(true), "boolean literal");
assertFalse(isString({}), "object");

Checking for a number is similar:

function isNumber(o) {
    return typeof o == "number" || (typeof o == "object" && o.constructor === Number);

Since ES2015 the correct way to check if a variable holds a valid number is Number.isFinite(value)


Number.isFinite(Infinity)   // false
Number.isFinite(NaN)        // false
Number.isFinite(-Infinity)  // false

Number.isFinite(0)          // true
Number.isFinite(2e64)       // true

Number.isFinite('0')        // false
Number.isFinite(null)       // false

Best way to do this:

function isNumber(num) {
  return (typeof num == 'string' || typeof num == 'number') && !isNaN(num - 0) && num !== '';

This satisfies the following test cases:

assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 0", true, isNumber(0));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 1", true, isNumber(-1));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 2", true, isNumber(-500));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 3", true, isNumber(15000));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 4", true, isNumber(0.35));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 5", true, isNumber(-10.35));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 6", true, isNumber(2.534e25));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 7", true, isNumber('2.534e25'));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 8", true, isNumber('52334'));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-True: 9", true, isNumber('-234'));

assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 0", false, isNumber(NaN));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 1", false, isNumber({}));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 2", false, isNumber([]));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 3", false, isNumber(''));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 4", false, isNumber('one'));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 5", false, isNumber(true));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 6", false, isNumber(false));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 7", false, isNumber());
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 8", false, isNumber(undefined));
assertEquals("ISNUMBER-False: 9", false, isNumber(null));
//testing data types accurately in JavaScript (opposed to "typeof")
function is(type, obj) {
    var clas =, -1);
    return obj !== undefined && obj !== null && clas === type;

//basic usage
is('String', 'test'); // true
is('Array', true); // false

Or adapt it to return an unknown type:

function realTypeOf(obj) {
    return, -1);

realTypeOf(999); // 'Number'

May 12, 2012 Update: Full example at Javascript: A Better typeof.


Here's an approach based on the idea of coercing the input to a number or string by adding zero or the null string, and then do a typed equality comparison.

function is_number(x) { return x === x+0;  }
function is_string(x) { return x === x+""; }

For some unfathomable reason, x===x+0 seems to perform better than x===+x.

Are there any cases where this fails?

In the same vein:

function is_boolean(x) { return x === !!x; }

This appears to be mildly faster than either x===true || x===false or typeof x==="boolean" (and much faster than x===Boolean(x)).

Then there's also

function is_regexp(x)  { return x === RegExp(x); }

All these depend on the existence of an "identity" operation particular to each type which can be applied to any value and reliably produce a value of the type in question. I cannot think of such an operation for dates.

For NaN, there is

function is_nan(x) { return x !== x;}

This is basically underscore's version, and as it stands is about four times faster than isNaN(), but the comments in the underscore source mention that "NaN is the only number that does not equal itself" and adds a check for _.isNumber. Why? What other objects would not equal themselves? Also, underscore uses x !== +x--but what difference could the + here make?

Then for the paranoid:

function is_undefined(x) { return x===[][0]; }

or this

function is_undefined(x) { return x===void(0); }

Can you just divide it by 1?

I assume the issue would be a string input like: "123ABG"

var Check = "123ABG"

if(Check == Check / 1)
alert("This IS a number \n")

alert("This is NOT a number \n")

Just a way I did it recently.


uh, how about just:

function IsString(obj) {
    return obj !== undefined && obj != null && obj.toLowerCase !== undefined;

After further review many months later, this only guarantees obj is an object that has the method or property name toLowerCase defined. I am ashamed of my answer. Please see top-voted typeof one.


I think converting the var to a string decreases the performance, at least this test performed in the latest browsers shows so.

So if you care about performance, I would, I'd use this:

typeof str === "string" || str instanceof String

for checking if the variable is a string (even if you use var str = new String("foo"), str instanceof String would return true).

As for checking if it's a number I would go for the native: isNaN; function.


Or just use the invert of isNaN():

  do something with the number
  it is a string

And yes, using jQuery's $.isNumeric() is more fun for the buck.


jQuery uses this:

function isNumber(obj) {
  return !isNaN( parseFloat( obj ) ) && isFinite( obj );

This solution resolves many of the issues raised here!

This is by far the most reliable method I have used by far. I did not invent this, and cannot recall where I originally found it. But it works where other techniques fail:

// Begin public utility /getVarType/
// Returns 'Function', 'Object', 'Array',
// 'String', 'Number', 'Boolean', or 'Undefined'
getVarType = function ( data ){
  if (undefined === data ){ return 'Undefined'; }
  if (data === null ){ return 'Null'; }
  return {}, -1);
// End public utility /getVarType/

Example of correctness

var str = new String();
console.warn( getVarType(str) ); // Reports "String"    
console.warn( typeof str );      // Reports "object"

var num = new Number();
console.warn( getVarType(num) ); // Reports "Number"
console.warn( typeof num );      // Reports "object"

var list = [];
console.warn( getVarType( list ) ); // Reports "Array"
console.warn( typeof list );        // Reports "object"

Jsut an FYI, if you're using jQuery you have


to handle this. More details on


typeof works very well for me in most case. You can try using an if statement

if(typeof x === 'string' || typeof x === 'number') {
    console.log("Your statement");

where x is any variable name of your choice


the best way i found which also thinks of positive and negative numbers is from : O'Reilly Javascript and DHTML Cookbook :

function isNumber(elem) {
var str = elem.value;
var oneDecimal = false;
var oneChar = 0;
// make sure value hasn't cast to a number data type
str = str.toString( );
for (var i = 0; i < str.length; i++) {
    oneChar = str.charAt(i).charCodeAt(0);
    // OK for minus sign as first character
    if (oneChar =  = 45) {
        if (i =  = 0) {
        } else {
            alert("Only the first character may be a minus sign.");
            return false;
    // OK for one decimal point
    if (oneChar =  = 46) {
        if (!oneDecimal) {
            oneDecimal = true;
        } else {
            alert("Only one decimal is allowed in a number.");
            return false;
    // characters outside of 0 through 9 not OK
    if (oneChar < 48 || oneChar > 57) {
        alert("Enter only numbers into the field.");
        return false;
return true;



Errr? Just use regular expressions! :)

function isInteger(val) {
  return val.match(/^[0-9]$/)

function isFloat(val) {
  return val.match(/^[0-9]*/\.[0-9]+$/)

since a string as '1234' with typeof will show 'string', and the inverse cannot ever happen (typeof 123 will always be number), the best is to use a simple regex /^\-?\d+$/.test(var). Or a more advanced to match floats, integers and negative numbers, /^[\-\+]?[\d]+\.?(\d+)?$/ The important side of .test is that it WON'T throw an exception if the var isn't an string, the value can be anything.

var val, regex = /^[\-\+]?[\d]+\.?(\d+)?$/;

regex.test(val)       // false 
val = '1234';
regex.test(val)       // true
val = '-213';
regex.test(val)       // true
val = '-213.2312';
regex.test(val)       // true
val = '+213.2312';
regex.test(val)       // true
val = 123;
regex.test(val)       // true
val = new Number(123);
regex.test(val)       // true
val = new String('123');
regex.test(val)       // true
val = '1234e';
regex.test(val)       // false 
val = {};
regex.test(val)       // false 
val = false;
regex.test(val)       // false 
regex.test(undefined) // false 
regex.test(null)      // false 
regex.test(window)    // false 
regex.test(document)  // false 

If you are looking for the real type, then typeof alone will do.


@BitOfUniverse's answer is good, and I come up with a new way:

function isNum(n) {
    return !isNaN(n/0);

isNum('')  // false
isNum(2)   // true
isNum('2k') // false
isNum('2')  //true

I know 0 can't be dividend, but here the function works perfectly.


XOR operation can be used to detect number or string. number ^ 0 will always give the number as output and string ^ 0 will give 0 as output.

   1)  2 ^ 0 = 2
   2)  '2' ^ 0  = 2
   3)  'Str' ^ 0 = 0
function IsNumeric(num) {
    return ((num >=0 || num < 0)&& (parseInt(num)==num) );

Very late to the party; however, the following has always worked well for me when I want to check whether some input is either a string or a number in one shot.

return !!\[object (String|Number)\]/);

Created a jsperf on the checking if a variable is a number. Quite interesting! typeof actually has a performance use. Using typeof for anything other than numbers, generally goes a 1/3rd the speed as a variable.constructor since the majority of data types in javascript are Objects; numbers are not!

typeof variable === 'number'| fastest | if you want a number, such as 5, and not '5'
typeof parseFloat(variable) === 'number'| fastest | if you want a number, such as 5, and '5'

isNaN() is slower, but not that much slower. I had high hopes for parseInt and parseFloat, however they were horribly slower.


For detecting numbers, the following passage from JavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford is relevant:

The isFinite function is the best way of determining whether a value can be used as a number because it rejects NaN and Infinity . Unfortunately, isFinite will attempt to convert its operand to a number, so it is not a good test if a value is not actually a number. You may want to define your own isNumber function:

var isNumber = function isNumber(value) { return typeof value === 'number' &&

What do you thing about this one?

const numberOrString='10' 
const isNumber = !isNaN(numberOrString*1) 

Try this,

var regInteger = /^-?\d+$/;

function isInteger( str ) {    
    return regInteger.test( str );

if(isInteger("1a11")) {
   console.log( 'Integer' );
} else {
   console.log( 'Non Integer' );

Type checking

You can check the type of variable by using typeof operator:

typeof variable

Value checking

The code below returns true for numbers and false for anything else:


Simply use

myVar.constructor == String


myVar.constructor == Number

if you want to handle strings defined as objects or literals and saves you don't want to use a helper function.


Simple and thorough:

function isNumber(x) {
  return parseFloat(x) == x

Test cases:

console.log('***TRUE CASES***');

console.log('***FALSE CASES***');

Beware that typeof NaN is... 'number'

typeof NaN === 'number'; // true


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