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Enforce the use of String#startsWith and String#endsWith instead of other equivalent methods of checking substrings (prefer-string-starts-ends-with)

There are multiple ways to verify if a string starts or ends with a specific string, such as foo.indexOf('bar') === 0.

Since ES2015 has added String#startsWith and String#endsWith, this rule reports other ways to be consistent.

Rule Details

This rule is aimed at enforcing a consistent way to check whether a string starts or ends with a specific string.

Examples of code for this rule:

let foo: string;

// starts with
foo[0] === 'b';
foo.charAt(0) === 'b';
foo.indexOf('bar') === 0;
foo.slice(0, 3) === 'bar';
foo.substring(0, 3) === 'bar';
foo.match(/^bar/) != null;

// ends with
foo[foo.length - 1] === 'b';
foo.charAt(foo.length - 1) === 'b';
foo.lastIndexOf('bar') === foo.length - 3;
foo.slice(-3) === 'bar';
foo.substring(foo.length - 3) === 'bar';
foo.match(/bar$/) != null;


There are no options.

"@typescript-eslint/prefer-string-starts-ends-with": "error"

When Not To Use It

If you don't mind that style, you can turn this rule off safely.


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