Typescript Count Substring of a String Literal Type

Acid Coder
Jun 27, 2022

Ever wonder how can you count certain characters of a string literal type?

here is how:

type GetCountOfSubString<
String_ extends string,
SubString extends string,
Count extends unknown[] = []
> = String_ extends `${string}${SubString}${infer Tail}`
? GetCountOfSubString<Tail, SubString, [1, ...Count]>
: Count['length']
type NumberOfA = GetCountOfSubString<"a--a--aa--a","a"> // 5

playground

limitation: the count cannot exceed 999 because the max depth of TS recursion is only 1000

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