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jQuery Strip Whitespace

By Sam Deering

Simple jQuery code snippet to strip whitespace from html elements such removing front and trailing whitespace from text in a div (it doesn’t remove space inside text though). Also see Remove html tags.

$("button").click(function () {
var str = "     lots of spaces before and after     ";
alert("'" + str + "'");

str = jQuery.trim(str);
alert("'" + str + "' - no longer");



Sam Deering has 15+ years of programming and website development experience. He was a website consultant at Console, ABC News, Flight Centre, Sapient Nitro, and the QLD Government and runs a tech blog with over 1 million views per month. Currently, Sam is the Founder of Crypto News, Australia.

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