Extract (“get”) a number from a string

I have a string in javascript like `#box2' and I just want the '2' from it.


var thestring = $(this).attr('href');
var thenum = thestring.replace( /(^.+)(\w\d+\w)(.+$)/i,'$2');

It still returns #box2 in the alert, how can I get it to work?

It needs to accommodate for any length number attached on the end.

For this specific example,

 var thenum = thestring.replace( /^\D+/g, ''); // replace all leading non-digits with nothing

in the general case:

 thenum = "foo3bar5".match(/\d+/)[0] // "3"

Since this answer gained popularity for some reason, here's a bonus: regex generator.

function getre(str, num) {
  if(str === num) return 'nice try';
  var res = [/^\D+/g,/\D+$/g,/^\D+|\D+$/g,/\D+/g,/\D.*/g, /.*\D/g,/^\D+|\D.*$/g,/.*\D(?=\d)|\D+$/g];
  for(var i = 0; i < res.length; i++)
    if(str.replace(res[i], '') === num) 
      return 'num = str.replace(/' + res[i].source + '/g, "")';
  return 'no idea';
function update() {
  $ = function(x) { return document.getElementById(x) };
  var re = getre($('str').value, $('num').value);
  $('re').innerHTML = 'Numex speaks: <code>' + re + '</code>';
<p>Hi, I'm Numex, the Number Extractor Oracle.
<p>What is your string? <input id="str" value="42abc"></p>
<p>What number do you want to extract? <input id="num" value="42"></p>
<p><button onclick="update()">Insert Coin</button></p>
<p id="re"></p>

You should try the following:

var txt = "#div-name-1234-characteristic:561613213213";
var numb = txt.match(/\d/g);
numb = numb.join("");
alert (numb);?



I think this regular expression will serve your purpose:

var num = txt.replace(/[^0-9]/g,'');

Where txt is your string.

It basically rips off anything that is not a digit.

I think you can achieve the same thing by using this as well :

var num = txt.replace(/\D/g,'');

Try the following: string.replace(/[^0-9]/g, ''); This will delete all non-digit characters, leaving only digits in the string

function retnum(str) { 
    var num = str.replace(/[^0-9]/g, ''); 
    return parseInt(num,10); 

console.log('abca12bc45qw'.replace(/[^0-9]/g, ''));
console.log('#box2'.replace(/[^0-9]/g, ''));

Using match function.

var thenum = thestring.match(/\d+$/)[0];


Tried all the combinations cited above with this Code and got it working, was the only one that worked on that string -> (12) 3456-7890

var str="(12) 3456-7890";
str.replace( /\D+/g, '');

Result: "1234567890"

Obs: i know that a string like that will not be on the attr but whatever, the solution is better, because its more complete.

And this is a snippet which extracts prices with currency and formatting:

var price = "£1,739.12";
parseFloat(price.replace( /[^\d\.]*/g, '')); // 1739.12

you may use great parseInt method

it will convert the leading digits to a number

// will give you -10

For a string such as #box2, this should work:

var thenum = thestring.replace(/^.*?(\d+).*/,'$1');


With Regular Expressions, how to get numbers from a String, for example:

String myString = "my 2 first gifts were made by my 4 brothers";
myString = myString .replaceAll("\\D+","");
System.out.println("myString : " + myString);

the result of myString is "24"

you can see an example of this running code here: http://ideone.com/iOCf5G

You can use regular expression.

var txt="some text 2";
var numb = txt.match(/\d/g);
alert (numb);

That will alert 2.

You can use Underscore String Library as following

var common="#box"
var href="#box1"


result will be : 1

See :https://github.com/epeli/underscore.string

HTML Code :

    <a href="#box1" >img1</a>
    <a href="#box2" >img2</a>
    <a href="#box3" >img3</a>
    <a href="#box4" >img4</a>
<div style="font-size:30px"></div>

JS Code :

var comm="#box"

if you have suffix as following :


You can use the next demo :


function retrieveNumber(all,prefix,suffix){
 var left=_(all).strRight(prefix);
 return _(left).strLeft(suffix);


Here's a solt. that checks for no data

var someStr = 'abc'; // add 123 to string to see inverse

var thenum = someStr.match(/\d+/);

if (thenum != null )
 console.log('no number');

Use this one-line code to get the first number in a string without getting errors:

var myInt = parseInt(myString.replace(/^[^0-9]+/, ''), 10);

please check below javaScripts, there you can get only number

var txt = "abc1234char5678#!9";
var str = txt.match(/\d+/g, "")+'';
var s = str.split(',').join('');

output : 1234567789

var elValue     = "-12,erer3  4,-990.234sdsd";

var isNegetive = false;
if(elValue.indexOf("-")==0) isNegetive=true;

elValue     = elValue.replace( /[^\d\.]*/g, '');
elValue     = isNaN(Number(elValue)) ? 0 : Number(elValue);

if(isNegetive) elValue = 0 - elValue;

alert(elValue); //-1234990.234

changeStrangeDate(dateString: string) {
var sum = 0;
var numbers = dateString.match(/\d+/g);
if (numbers.length > 1) {
  numbers.forEach(element => {
    sum += parseInt(element);
console.log(new Date(sum).toDateString());
return new Date(sum).toUTCString();


You can do it like that and then call function where you need, with parameter.


This answer will cover most of the scenario. I can across this situation when user try to copy paste the phone number



str= "34%^gd 5-67 6-6ds"


It will give a array of string as output >> ["34", "56766"]


join will convert and concatenate that array data into single string

output >> "3456766"

In my example I need the output as 209-356-6788 so I used replace


You can extract numbers from a string using a regex expression:

let string = "xxfdx25y93.34xxd73";
let res = string.replace(/\D/g, "");

output: 25933473

You can do a function like this

function justNumbers(string) 
        var numsStr = string.replace(/[^0-9]/g,'');
        return parseInt(numsStr);

remember: if the number has a zero in front of it, the int wont have it

You need to add "(/\d+/g)" which will remove all non-number text, but it will still be a string at this point. If you create a variable and "parseInt" through the match, you can set the new variables to the array values. Here is an example of how I got it to work:

    var color = $( this ).css( "background-color" );
    var r = parseInt(color.match(/\d+/g)[0]);
    var g = parseInt(color.match(/\d+/g)[1]);
    var b = parseInt(color.match(/\d+/g)[2]);