The parseFloat() function parses an argument (converting it to a string first if needed) and returns a floating point number.




The value to parse. If this argument is not a string, then it is converted to one using the ToString abstract operation. Leading whitespace in this argument is ignored.

Return value

A floating point number parsed from the given string.

Or NaN when the first non-whitespace character cannot be converted to a number.


parseFloat is a top-level function and not a method of any object.

  • If parseFloat encounters a character other than a plus sign (+), minus sign (- U+002D HYPHEN-MINUS), numeral (09), decimal point (.), or exponent (e or E), it returns the value up to that character, ignoring the invalid character and characters following it.
  • A second decimal point also stops parsing (characters up to that point will still be parsed).
  • Leading and trailing spaces in the argument are ignored.
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  • parseFloat can also parse and return Infinity.
  • parseFloat converts BigInt syntax to Numbers, losing precision. This happens because the trailing n character is discarded.

Consider Number(value) for stricter parsing, which converts to NaN for arguments with invalid characters anywhere.

parseFloat will parse non-string objects if they have a toString or valueOf method. The returned value is the same as if parseFloat had been called on the result of those methods.


parseFloat returning a number

The following examples all return 3.14:

parseFloat('  3.14  ');
parseFloat('3.14some non-digit characters');
parseFloat({ toString: function() { return "3.14" } });

parseFloat returning NaN

The following example returns NaN:


parseFloat and BigInt

The following examples both return 900719925474099300, losing precision as the integer is too large to be represented as a float:



ECMAScript (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'parseFloat' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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