JSLint says “missing radix parameter”; what should I do?

JSLint says “missing radix parameter”; what should I do?

I ran JSLint on this JavaScript code and it said:

Problem at line 32 character 30: Missing radix parameter.

This is the code in question:
imageIndex = parseInt(id.substring(id.length – 1))-1;

What is wrong here?


Solution 1:

It always a good practice to pass radix with parseInt –

parseInt(string, radix)

For decimal –

parseInt(id.substring(id.length - 1), 10)

If the radix parameter is omitted, JavaScript assumes the following:

  • If the string begins with “0x”, the radix is 16 (hexadecimal)
  • If the string begins with “0”, the radix is 8 (octal). This feature is deprecated
  • If the string begins with any other value, the radix is 10 (decimal)


Solution 2:

I’m not properly answering the question but, I think it makes sense to clear why we should specify the radix.

On MDN documentation we can read that:

If radix is undefined or 0 (or absent), JavaScript assumes the following:

  • […]
  • If the input string begins with “0”, radix is eight (octal) or 10 (decimal). Exactly which radix is chosen is implementation-dependent. ECMAScript 5 specifies that 10 (decimal) is used, but not all browsers support this yet. For this reason always specify a radix when using parseInt.
  • […]

Source: MDN parseInt()

Solution 3:

To avoid this warning, instead of using:

parseInt("999", 10);

You may replace it by:


Note that parseInt and Number have different behaviors, but in some cases, one can replace the other.

Solution 4:

You can turn off this rule if you wish to skip that test.


radix: false

Under the “rules” property in the tslint.json file.

It’s not recommended to do that if you don’t understand this exception.

Solution 5:

Adding the following on top of your JS file will tell JSHint to supress the radix warning:

/*jshint -W065 */

See also: http://jshint.com/docs/#options

Solution 6:

I solved it with just using the +foo, to convert the string.

Keep in mind it’s not great for readability (dirty fix).

console.log( +'1' )
// 1 (int)