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Enforce that RegExp#exec is used instead of String#match if no global flag is provided (prefer-regexp-exec)

As String#match is defined to be the same as RegExp#exec when the regular expression does not include the g flag, prefer a consistent usage.

Rule Details

This rule is aimed at enforcing a consistent way to apply regular expressions to strings.

From String#match on MDN:

If the regular expression does not include the g flag, returns the same result as RegExp.exec().

RegExp#exec may also be slightly faster than String#match; this is the reason to choose it as the preferred usage.

Examples of code for this rule:


'some things are just things'.match(/thing/);

const text = 'something';
const search = /thing/;


There are no options.

"@typescript-eslint/prefer-regexp-exec": "error"

When Not To Use It

If you prefer consistent use of String#match for both, with g flag and without it, you can turn this rule off.


  • โœ… Recommended
  • ๐Ÿ”ง Fixable
  • ๐Ÿ’ญ Requires type information