# How to convert a string to an integer in JavaScript?

## How to convert a string to an integer in JavaScript?

### Accepted Answer

The simplest way would be to use the native `Number`

function:

```
var x = Number("1000")
```

If that doesn't work for you, then there are the **parseInt**, **unary plus**, **parseFloat with floor**, and **Math.round** methods.

parseInt:

```
var x = parseInt("1000", 10); // you want to use radix 10
// so you get a decimal number even with a leading 0 and an old browser ([IE8, Firefox 20, Chrome 22 and older][1])
```

unary plus if your string is already in the form of an integer:

```
var x = +"1000";
```

if your string is or might be a float and you want an integer:

```
var x = Math.floor("1000.01"); //floor automatically converts string to number
```

or, if you're going to be using Math.floor several times:

```
var floor = Math.floor;
var x = floor("1000.01");
```

If you're the type who forgets to put the radix in when you call parseInt, you can use parseFloat and round it however you like. Here I use floor.

```
var floor = Math.floor;
var x = floor(parseFloat("1000.01"));
```

Interestingly, Math.round (like Math.floor) will do a string to number conversion, so if you want the number rounded (or if you have an integer in the string), this is a great way, maybe my favorite:

```
var round = Math.round;
var x = round("1000"); //equivalent to round("1000",0)
```

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Try parseInt function:

```
var number = parseInt("10");
```

But there is a problem. If you try to convert "010" using parseInt function, it detects as octal number, and will return number 8. So, you need to specify a radix (from 2 to 36). In this case base 10.

```
parseInt(string, radix)
```

Example:

```
var result = parseInt("010", 10) == 10; // Returns true
var result = parseInt("010") == 10; // Returns false
```

Note that `parseInt`

ignores bad data after parsing anything valid.

This guid will parse as 51:

```
var result = parseInt('51e3daf6-b521-446a-9f5b-a1bb4d8bac36', 10) == 51; // Returns true
```

There are two main ways to convert a string to a number in javascript. One way is to parse it and the other way is to change its type to a Number. All of the tricks in the other answers (e.g. unary plus) involve implicitly coercing the type of the string to a number. You can also do the same thing explicitly with the Number function.

**Parsing**

```
var parsed = parseInt("97", 10);
```

parseInt and parseFloat are the two functions used for parsing strings to numbers. Parsing will stop silently if it hits a character it doesn't recognise, which can be useful for parsing strings like "92px", but it's also somewhat dangerous, since it won't give you any kind of error on bad input, instead you'll get back NaN unless the string starts with a number. Whitespace at the beginning of the string is ignored. Here's an example of it doing something different to what you want, and giving no indication that anything went wrong:

```
var widgetsSold = parseInt("97,800", 10); // widgetsSold is now 97
```

It's good practice to always specify the radix as the second argument. In older browsers, if the string started with a 0, it would be interpreted as octal if the radix wasn't specified which took a lot of people by surprise. The behaviour for hexadecimal is triggered by having the string start with 0x if no radix is specified, e.g. `0xff`

. The standard actually changed with ecmascript 5, so modern browsers no longer trigger octal when there's a leading 0 if no radix has been specified. parseInt understands radixes up to base 36, in which case both upper and lower case letters are treated as equivalent.

**Changing the Type of a String to a Number**

All of the other tricks mentioned above that don't use parseInt, involve implicitly coercing the string into a number. I prefer to do this explicitly,

```
var cast = Number("97");
```

This has different behavior to the parse methods (although it still ignores whitespace). It's more strict: if it doesn't understand the whole of the string than it returns `NaN`

, so you can't use it for strings like `97px`

. Since you want a primitive number rather than a Number wrapper object, make sure you don't put `new`

in front of the Number function.

Obviously, converting to a Number gives you a value that might be a float rather than an integer, so if you want an integer, you need to modify it. There are a few ways of doing this:

```
var rounded = Math.floor(Number("97.654")); // other options are Math.ceil, Math.round
var fixed = Number("97.654").toFixed(0); // rounded rather than truncated
var bitwised = Number("97.654")|0; // do not use for large numbers
```

Any bitwise operator (here I've done a bitwise or, but you could also do double negation as in an earlier answer or a bitshift) will convert the value to a 32bit integer, and most of them will convert to a signed integer. Note that this **will not do want you want for large integers**. If the integer cannot be represented in 32bits, it will wrap.

```
~~"3000000000.654" === -1294967296
// This is the same as
Number("3000000000.654")|0
"3000000000.654" >>> 0 === 3000000000 // unsigned right shift gives you an extra bit
"300000000000.654" >>> 0 === 3647256576 // but still fails with larger numbers
```

To work correctly with larger numbers, you should use the rounding methods

```
Math.floor("3000000000.654") === 3000000000
// This is the same as
Math.floor(Number("3000000000.654"))
```

Bear in mind that coeercion understands exponential notation and Infinity, so `2e2`

is `200`

rather than NaN, while the parse methods don't.

**Custom**

It's unlikely that either of these methods do exactly what you want. For example, usually I would want an error thrown if parsing fails, and I don't need support for Infinity, exponentials or leading whitespace. Depending on your usecase, sometimes it makes sense to write a custom conversion function.

Always check that the output of Number or one of the parse methods is the sort of number you expect. You will almost certainly want to use `isNaN`

to make sure the number is not NaN (usually the only way you find out that the parse failed).

ParseInt() and + are different

```
parseInt("10.3456") // returns 10
+"10.3456" // returns 10.3456
```

## Fastest

```
var x = "1000"*1;
```

## Test

Here is little comparison of speed (Mac Os only)... :)

For chrome 'plus' and 'mul' are fastest (>700,000,00 op/sec), 'Math.floor' is slowest. For Firefox 'plus' is slowest (!) 'mul' is fastest (>900,000,000 op/sec). In Safari 'parseInt' is fastes, 'number' is slowest (but resulats are quite similar, >13,000,000 <31,000,000). So Safari for cast string to int is more than 10x slower than other browsers. So the winner is '**mul**' :)

You can run it on your browser by this link https://jsperf.com/js-cast-str-to-number/1

**Update**

I also test `var x = ~~"1000";`

- on Chrome and Safari is a little bit slower than `var x = "1000"*1`

(<1%), on Firefox is a little bit faster (<1%). I update above picture and test

Though an old question, but maybe this can be helpful to someone.

I use this way of converting string to ~~int~~ number

```
var str = "25"; // string
var number = str*1; // number
```

So, when multiplying by 1, the value does not change, but js automatically returns a number.

But as it is shown below, this should be used if you are sure that the `str`

is a number(or can be represented as a number), otherwise it will return NaN - not a number.

you can create simple function to use, e.g.

```
function toNumber(str) {
return str*1;
}
```