# How to reverse a string in JavaScript

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By leveraging JavaScript's built in methods we can reverse a string in 3 easy steps. First we use split to turn our string into an array so we can use those handy Array.prototype methods.

const foo = 'Hello World!';

const bar = foo.split('');

console.log(bar);

// ["H", "e", "l", "l", "o", " ", "W", "o", "r", "l", "d", "!"]


Then we can use the reverse method to reverse our array.

const foo = 'Hello World!';

const bar = foo.split('').reverse();

console.log(bar);

// ["!", "d", "l", "r", "o", "W", " ", "o", "l", "l", "e", "H"]


And finally use join to reassemble our string from the reversed array.

const foo = 'Hello World!';

const bar = foo.split('').reverse().join('');

console.log(bar);

// !dlroW olleH


Although we've reached the desired result it might be nicer to have this as a little utility function you can reuse around your project.

const reverseStr = (str) => {
return str.split('').reverse().join('');
};

const foo = 'Hello World!';

const bar = reverseStr(foo);

console.log(bar);

// !dlroW olleH


You could even extend JavaScript's existing String.prototype with your shiny new method although doing so isn't always a good idea, when you extend an object you change it's behaviour and this can cause bugs.