Golang Reverse StringReverse a string by converting the string to a rune slice. Use a for-loop.
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Reverse string. Sometimes in programs we want to reverse the characters in a string. This can generate a key from existing data. A string cannot be directly sorted.

Instead, we must act on the string at the level of its runes or bytes. Runes in Go are most similar to characters. We can convert strings to rune slices and then reverse those.

Example func. Let us start. Here we introduce the reverse() method. This method receives a string and returns another string. We begin by converting the string argument to a slice of runes.


Tip Runes can represent more than one byte. Runes support 2-byte characters. Logically a rune is a character.

For We use a for-loop, with a decrementing iteration, to access our slice of runes. We build up a slice of the runes in reverse order.


Return Our func returns a string based on the reversed contents of the rune slice. We just use runes internally to process the string.

Golang program that reverses a string, uses runes
package main import "fmt" func reverse(value string) string { // Convert string to rune slice. // ... This method works on the level of runes, not bytes. data := []rune(value) result := []rune{} // Add runes in reverse order. for i := len(data) - 1; i >= 0; i-- { result = append(result, data[i]) } // Return new string. return string(result) } func main() { // Test our method. value1 := "cat" reversed1 := reverse(value1) fmt.Println(value1) fmt.Println(reversed1) value2 := "abcde" reversed2 := reverse(value2) fmt.Println(value2) fmt.Println(reversed2) }
cat tac abcde edcba

Some notes. In Go, we can access the bytes of a string instead of converting the string to a rune slice. And we can reverse these bytes.

But For a string with 2-byte chars, runes will preserve the data. Accessing bytes will meanwhile cause some corruption.

Opinion For a simple method like string reversal, keeping the data correct is probably more important than max performance.

A review. Strings can be manipulated in many ways by first converting them to rune slices. We can reorder or modify runes. This is powerful, versatile, and can be used to reverse strings.

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