How to Check if a String is Valid Regex in Javascript

In this tutorial, you will learn how to check if a string is valid regex in javascript. Regex is a short name for regular expression. The RegExp object helps in matching string with a pattern in another string.

There are numerous ways to check if a string is valid regex. We are going to use one of the easiest solutions which involve the usage of the instanceof and ternary (?) operators. The ternary operator is also known as the conditional operator which acts similar to the if-else statement. The instanceof operator verifies whether the object is an instance of the specified type

In the following example, we have one global variable and upon click of a button, we will check if the string is valid regex and display the result on the screen.  Please have a look over the code example and the steps given below.


  • We have 3 elements in the HTML file (div, button, and h1). The div element is just a wrapper for the rest of the elements.
  • The innerText for the button element is “Check” and for the h1 element, it is “Result”.
  • We have done some basic styling using CSS and added the link to our style.css stylesheet inside the head element.
  • We have also included our javascript file script.js with a script tag at the bottom.
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">

    <script src="script.js"></script>
body {
    text-align: center;

div {
    display: inline-block;

button {
    display: inline-block;
    padding: 10px 20px;


  • We have selected the button element and h1 element using the document.querySelector() method and stored them in btnCheck and output variables respectively.
  • We have a global variable myVar which holds a regex as its value.
  • We have attached a click event listener to the button element.
  • In the event handler function, we are using instanceof and ternary (?) operators to verify whether myVar is valid regex or not. Depending upon the result of the check, we will assign “Yes” or “No” to the result variable
  • We are displaying the result in the h1 element using the innerText property.
let btnCheck = document.querySelector("button");
let output = document.querySelector("h1");

let myVar = /\bblue\b/g;

btnCheck.addEventListener("click", () => { 

  let result = myVar instanceof RegExp ? "Yes" : "No";
  output.innerText = result;