PHP's chr in JavaScript

Here’s what our current JavaScript equivalent to PHP's chr looks like.

module.exports = function chr (codePt) {
// discuss at:
// original by: Kevin van Zonneveld (
// improved by: Brett Zamir (
// example 1: chr(75) === 'K'
// example 1: chr(65536) === '\uD800\uDC00'
// returns 1: true
// returns 1: true
if (codePt > 0xFFFF) { // Create a four-byte string (length 2) since this code point is high
// enough for the UTF-16 encoding (JavaScript internal use), to
// require representation with two surrogates (reserved non-characters
// used for building other characters; the first is "high" and the next "low")
codePt -= 0x10000
return String.fromCharCode(0xD800 + (codePt >> 10), 0xDC00 + (codePt & 0x3FF))
return String.fromCharCode(codePt)
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How to use

You you can install via npm install locutus and require it via require('locutus/php/strings/chr'). You could also require the strings module in full so that you could access strings.chr instead.

If you intend to target the browser, you can then use a module bundler such as Parcel, webpack, Browserify, or rollup.js. This can be important because Locutus allows modern JavaScript in the source files, meaning it may not work in all browsers without a build/transpile step. Locutus does transpile all functions to ES5 before publishing to npm.

A community effort

Not unlike Wikipedia, Locutus is an ongoing community effort. Our philosophy follows The McDonald’s Theory. This means that we don't consider it to be a bad thing that many of our functions are first iterations, which may still have their fair share of issues. We hope that these flaws will inspire others to come up with better ideas.

This way of working also means that we don't offer any production guarantees, and recommend to use Locutus inspiration and learning purposes only.


Please note that these examples are distilled from test cases that automatically verify our functions still work correctly. This could explain some quirky ones.

#codeexpected result
1chr(75) === 'K' chr(65536) === '\uD800\uDC00'true true

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