Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· ericdfields
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Parse a boolean from a string in Javascript

Javascript has parseInt built in to help us get a numeric value from a number cast a string. It's incredibly handy when shuffling around data.

Recently, I've dealt with a situation where I needed to get a boolean value set as a data attribute on a DOM object where the value was set as a string ("true" or "false").

Why isn't there an easy way to convert a string to a boolean in Javascript? I'm not sure, and I wasn't satisfied with the answers I found on StackOverflow. So I made a sweet little function to do just this. Coffeescript and compiled JS below:

window.parseBoolean = (string) ->
  bool = switch
    when string.toLowerCase() == 'true' then true
    when string.toLowerCase() == 'false' then false
  return bool if typeof bool == "boolean"
  return undefined
window.parseBoolean = function(string) {
  var bool;
  bool = (function() {
    switch (false) {
      case string.toLowerCase() !== 'true':
        return true;
      case string.toLowerCase() !== 'false':
        return false;
  if (typeof bool === "boolean") {
    return bool;
  return void 0;

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its easy and better way to check string value manually. following post explains about it

over 1 year ago ·