Bitwise XOR Assignment Operator (^=) (JavaScript)


Performs a bitwise exclusive OR on a variable and an expression and assigns the result to the variable.

result ^= expression


Any variable.


Any expression.

Using the ^= operator is exactly the same as specifying:

result = result ^ expression

The ^= operator looks at the binary representation of the values of two expressions and does a bitwise exclusive OR operation on them. The result of this operation behaves as follows:

0101    (result)
1100    (expression)
1001    (result)

When one, and only one, of the expressions has a 1 in a digit, the result has a 1 in that digit. Otherwise, the result has a 0 in that digit.


Supported in the following document modes: Quirks, Internet Explorer 6 standards, Internet Explorer 7 standards, Internet Explorer 8 standards, Internet Explorer 9 standards, Internet Explorer 10 standards, Internet Explorer 11 standards. Also supported in Store apps (Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1). See Version Information.