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JavaScript - replace last 2 characters in string

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In this article, we're going to have a look at how to replace the last 2 characters from string in JavaScript.

1. String slice() method example

This approach allows getting substring by using negative indexes. So by using 0 and -2 indexes as the range we get <0, text.length - 2> text range. Then, we add the replacement at the end of the result string to replace the missing two characters.

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

let text = 'ABCD';
let replacement = 'xy';
let result = text.slice(0, -2) + replacement;

console.log(result); // ABxy

2. String substring() method example

This is an alternative approach to slice method based solution. We remove the last 2 characters to add the replacement at the end of the result string to replace the missing two characters.

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

let text = 'ABCD';
let replacement = 'xy';
let result = text.substring(0, text.length - 2) + replacement;

console.log(result); // ABxy

3. String replace() method example

There is another trick that allows replacing all characters that match expression conditions with an empty string. By using .{0,2}$ pattern we match any 2 characters (up to 2 characters) that are located at the end of the string. Then, we add the replacement at the end of the result string to replace the missing two characters.

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

let text = 'ABCD';
let replacement = 'xy';
let result = text.replace(/.{0,2}$/, '') + replacement;

console.log(result); // ABxy
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