[SOLVED] Are strings mutable in Ruby?


Are Strings mutable in Ruby? According to the documentation doing

str = "hello"
str = str + " world"

creates a new string object with the value "hello world" but when we do

str = "hello"
str << " world"

It does not mention that it creates a new object, so does it mutate the str object, which will now have the value "hello world"?


Yes, << mutates the same object, and + creates a new one. Demonstration:

irb(main):011:0> str = "hello"
=> "hello"
irb(main):012:0> str.object_id
=> 22269036
irb(main):013:0> str << " world"
=> "hello world"
irb(main):014:0> str.object_id
=> 22269036
irb(main):015:0> str = str + " world"
=> "hello world world"
irb(main):016:0> str.object_id
=> 21462360

Answered By – Dogbert

Answer Checked By – Cary Denson (BugsFixing Admin)

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