How to Check if String Contains URL in Javascript

In this tutorial, you will learn how to check if string contains URL in javascript. A URL is just a unique address of a resource on the web. URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. From a developer perspective, it can be a bit tricky to find if a string contains a URL.

There are numerous ways to check if a string contains a URL. But for the sake of simplicity, we will use split() method,  some() method, URL interface, try-catch block, and ternary operator (?). In the try block, we run a code that is going to be tested for errors. In the catch block, we execute a certain piece of code after an error is thrown.

The split() method splits a given string into multiple substrings and returns an array of those substrings. The some() method executes a certain function for each element in an array. The some() method returns true if the returned value of the function is true for at least one element.

The URL interface plays an important in parsing and constructing URLs. You just need to provide a valid absolute or relative URL to the URL() constructor to get a URL object. The URL object exposes a bunch of helpful methods and properties which makes it extremely easy to work with any sort of URL.

In the following example, we have one global variable that holds a string. Upon click of a button, we will check if it contains a URL 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">


  <div class="container">    

  <script src="script.js"></script>

.container {        
    text-align: center;

button {
  margin-top: 10px;
  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 attached a click event listener to the button element.
  • We have a global variable myString which holds a string as its value.
  • In the event handler function, we are calling split() method to split myString into an array of strings and storing that array in strArray variable.
  • We are calling some() method to loop through each string in the array. In the anonymous function, we are calling isValidUrl() method and passing the string as a parameter.
  • In the isValidUrl() method, we have url variable which is undefined initially. In the try block, we are passing url to the URL() constructor to get a URL object. If url is valid URL, we will never enter into the catch block but if it is not, then we will get an error. Further, we are checking for http or https protocol and returning true or false.
  • After the completion, some() method will return either true or false. We are storing that in the found variable. If it is true, that means myString does contain a URL.
  • 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 myString = "My website is";

btnCheck.addEventListener("click", () => {
  let strArray = myString.split(" ");
  let found = strArray.some((str) => isValidUrl(str));
  let result = found ? "Yes" : "No";
  output.innerText = result;

function isValidUrl(str) {
  let url;
  try {
    url = new URL(str);
  } catch (_) {
    return false;
  return url.protocol === "http:" || url.protocol === "https:";