Jeremy Dicaire Jeremy Dicaire - 1 month ago 8
jQuery Question

How to truncate a string (containg a path) without touching the filename?

How to truncate a string (containing a path) without touching the filename (keep the last folder, the filename and the drive letter)?

I'm looking for a way to truncate a path to fit a specified width.

I already search on SO and I found this:
Truncate a string nicely to fit within a given pixel width

But it's adding ... at the end of the string. I would like to have a similar function but it need to keep the begining and the ending..

For exemple, I have this path (string):

H:\Informatique\Personnalisation\Icones\__\Crystal GT PNG Pack\Applications\licq.png

And it need to fit the div's width like this:

H:\Informatique\...PNG Pack\Applications\licq.png

Another exemple:


Will be shorten to:


Last exemple:


Will be shorten to:



  • The drive part is required (H:)

  • The filename and the extension is required (licq.png)

  • If there's multiple folders, the last folder must not be truncate, exept if everything is already truncated and it is the only way to
    make the string shorter.

  • If the filename is too long, truncate it in the middle.

Long filename exemple:


Will be shorten to:


I see windows and apple doing it the nice way... but I can't find any script that is near that.

Any link with similar script so I can try adjust it?
Or anybody who wants to help me with that? :)

Thank you very much

Answer Source

That's an interesting problem, here is my solution:

It assumes that you have a variable str with the path in it, and maxLength with your max character length.

You will need to change code slightly as str is hard coded, you'll need to change maxLength, and you'll need to change where you write the information too (it just writes to body right now).

NB: If your drive name + file name exceed the maxLength variable, it will just print out those two together, even though they are too large.

Code, incase you don't like jsfiddle:

$(document).ready(function () {
  var str = "H:\\Informatique\\Personnalisation\\Icones\\__\\Crystal GT PNG Pack\\Applications\\licq.png";
  var maxLength = 25;

  var tokens = str.split("\\");
  var drive = tokens[0];
  var fileName = tokens[tokens.length - 1];
  var len = drive.length + fileName.length;
  //remove the current lenth and also space for 3 dots and 2 slashes
  var remLen = maxLength - len - 5;

  //if remLen < 0, then it will over flow our maxLength to still maintain drive and     filename
  if (remLen > 0) {
    //remove first and last elements from the array
    tokens.splice(0, 1);
    tokens.splice(tokens.length - 1, 1);
    //recreate our path
    var path = tokens.join("\\");
    //handle the case of an odd length
    var lenA = Math.ceil(remLen / 2);
    var lenB = Math.floor(remLen / 2);
    //rebuild the path from beginning and end
    var pathA = path.substring(0, lenA);
    var pathB = path.substring(path.length - lenB);
    path = drive + "\\" + pathA + "..." + pathB + "\\" + fileName;

    //write it out
    $("body").html("Orig. Path: " + str + "<br /><br />" +
      "New Path: " + path + "<br /><br />" +
      "MaxLength: " + maxLength + "<br /><br />" +
      "New Length: " + path.length);
  } else {

    //try and fit our maxlength by taking only drive and filename
    $("body").html("Orig. Path: " + str + "<br /><br />" +
      "New Path: " + drive + "\\" + fileName + "<br /><br />" +
      "MaxLength: " + maxLength + "<br /><br />" +
      "New Length: " + (len + 1) + "<br /><br />");