Loop through an array in JavaScript

In Java you can use a for loop to traverse objects in an array as follows:

String[] myStringArray = {"Hello", "World"};
for (String s : myStringArray)
    // Do something

Can you do the same in JavaScript?



answered 8 years ago CMS #1

Use a sequential for loop:

var myStringArray = ["Hello","World"];
var arrayLength = myStringArray.length;
for (var i = 0; i < arrayLength; i++) {
    //Do something

@zipcodeman suggests the use of the for...in statement, but for iterating arrays for-in should be avoided, that statement is meant to enumerate object properties.

It shouldn't be used for array-like objects because:

  • The order of iteration is not guaranteed, the array indexes may not be visited in numeric order.
  • Inherited properties are also enumerated.

The second point is that it can give you a lot of problems, for example, if you extend the Array.prototype object to include a method there, that property will be also enumerated.

For example:

Array.prototype.foo = "foo!";
var array = ['a', 'b', 'c'];

for (var i in array) {

The above code will alert, "a", "b", "c" and "foo!".

That be particularly a problem if you use some library that relies heavily on native prototypes augmention (such as MooTools for example).

The for-in statement as I said before is there to enumerate object properties, for example:

var obj = {
  "a": 1,
  "b": 2,
  "c": 3

for (var prop in obj) {
  if (obj.hasOwnProperty(prop)) { 
  // or if (Object.prototype.hasOwnProperty.call(obj,prop)) for safety...
    alert("prop: " + prop + " value: " + obj[prop])

In the above example the hasOwnProperty method allows you to enumerate only own properties, that's it, only the properties that the object physically has, no inherited properties.

I would recommend you to read the following article:

answered 8 years ago hasen #2

You can use map, which is a functional programming technique that's also available in other languages like Python and Haskell.

[1,2,3,4].map( function(item) {

The general syntax is:


In general func would take one parameter, which is an item of the array. But in the case of JavaScript, it can take a second parameter which is the item's index, and a third parameter which is the array itself.

The return value of array.map is another array, so you can use it like this:

var x = [1,2,3,4].map( function(item) {return item * 10;});

And now x is [10,20,30,40].

You don't have to write the function inline. It could be a separate function.

var item_processor = function(item) {
      // Do something complicated to an item

new_list = my_list.map(item_processor);

which would be sort-of equivalent to:

 for (item in my_list) {item_processor(item);}

Except you don't get the new_list.

answered 8 years ago kennebec #3

Opera, Safari, Firefox and Chrome now all share a set of enhanced Array methods for optimizing many common loops.

You may not need all of them, but they can be very useful, or would be if every browser supported them.

Mozilla Labs published the algorithms they and WebKit both use, so that you can add them yourself.

filter returns an array of items that satisfy some condition or test.

every returns true if every array member passes the test.

some returns true if any pass the test.

forEach runs a function on each array member and doesn't return anything.

map is like forEach, but it returns an array of the results of the operation for each element.

These methods all take a function for their first argument and have an optional second argument, which is an object whose scope you want to impose on the array members as they loop through the function.

Ignore it until you need it.

indexOf and lastIndexOf find the appropriate position of the first or last element that matches its argument exactly.

    var p, ap= Array.prototype, p2={
        filter: function(fun, scope){
            var L= this.length, A= [], i= 0, val;
            if(typeof fun== 'function'){
                while(i< L){
                    if(i in this){
                        val= this[i];
                        if(fun.call(scope, val, i, this)){
                            A[A.length]= val;
            return A;
        every: function(fun, scope){
            var L= this.length, i= 0;
            if(typeof fun== 'function'){
                    if(i in this && !fun.call(scope, this[i], i, this))
                        return false;
                return true;
            return null;
        forEach: function(fun, scope){
            var L= this.length, i= 0;
            if(typeof fun== 'function'){
                while(i< L){
                    if(i in this){
                        fun.call(scope, this[i], i, this);
            return this;
        indexOf: function(what, i){
            i= i || 0;
            var L= this.length;
            while(i< L){
                if(this[i]=== what)
                    return i;
            return -1;
        lastIndexOf: function(what, i){
            var L= this.length;
            i= i || L-1;
            if(isNaN(i) || i>= L)
                i= L-1;
                if(i< 0) i += L;
            while(i> -1){
                if(this[i]=== what)
                    return i;
            return -1;
        map: function(fun, scope){
            var L= this.length, A= Array(this.length), i= 0, val;
            if(typeof fun== 'function'){
                while(i< L){
                    if(i in this){
                        A[i]= fun.call(scope, this[i], i, this);
                return A;
        some: function(fun, scope){
            var i= 0, L= this.length;
            if(typeof fun== 'function'){
                    if(i in this && fun.call(scope, this[i], i, this))
                        return true;
                return false;
    for(p in p2){
            ap[p]= p2[p];
    return true;

answered 8 years ago sebarmeli #4

In JavaScript it's not advisable to loop through an Array with a for-in loop, but it's better using a for loop such as:

for(var i=0, len=myArray.length; i < len; i++){}

It's optimized as well ("caching" the array length). If you'd like to learn more, read my post on the subject.

answered 7 years ago Gabriel #5

There is a way to do it where you have very little implicit scope in your loop and do away with extra variables.

var i = 0,

// note this is weak to sparse arrays or falsey values
for ( ; item = myStringArray[i++] ; ){ 
    item; // This is the string at the index.

Or if you really want to get the id and have a really classical for loop:

var i = 0,
    len = myStringArray.length; // cache the length

for ( ; i < len ; i++ ){
    myStringArray[i]; // Don't use this if you plan on changing the length of the array

Modern browsers all support iterator methods forEach, map, reduce, filter and a host of other methods on the Array prototype.

answered 7 years ago Timo Huovinen #6

Use the while loop...

var i=0, item, items = ['one','two','three'];
while(item = items[i++]){

logs: 'one','two','three'

And for the reverse order, an even more efficient loop

var items = ['one','two','three'], i = items.length;

logs: 'three','two','one'

Or the classical for loop

var items = ['one','two','three']
for(var i=0, l = items.length; i < l; i++){

logs: 'one','two','three'

Reference: http://www.sitepoint.com/google-closure-how-not-to-write-javascript/

answered 6 years ago kirilloid #7

There's a method to iterate over only own object properties, not including prototype's ones:

for (var i in array) if (array.hasOwnProperty(i)) {
    // do something with array[i]

but it still will iterate over custom-defined properties.

In javascript any custom property could be assigned to any object including array.

If one wants to iterate over sparsed array, for (var i = 0; i < array.length; i++) if (i in array) or array.forEach with es5shim should be used.

answered 6 years ago Mark Reed #8

Yes, but only if your implementation includes the for...of feature introduced in ECMAScript 2015 (the "Harmony" release).

It works like this:

var s, myStringArray = ["Hello", "World"];
for (s of myStringArray) {
  // ... do something with s ...

Or better yet, since ECMAScript 2015 also provides block-scoped variables via let and const:

const myStringArray = ["Hello", "World"];
for (const s of myStringArray) {
  // ... do something with s ...
// s is no longer defined here

Many JavaScript developers are still working in an environment that's not there yet, however - especially if writing code to run in web browsers, where the site developers often can't be sure what browser/version their clients will be using.

If you can assume the JavaScript interpreter is compliant with the previous edition of the ECMAScript specification (which rules out, for example, versions of Internet Explorer before 9), then you can use the forEach iterator method instead of a loop. In that case, you pass a function to be called on each item in the array:

var myStringArray = [ "Hello", "World" ];
myStringArray.forEach( function(s) { 
     // ... do something with s ...
} );

But if even that is too much to assume, and you want something that works in all versions of JavaScript, then you have to use an explicit counting loop. The safest version, which handles sparse arrays properly, is something like this:

var i, s, myStringArray = [ "Hello", "World" ], len = myStringArray.length;
for (i=0; i<len; ++i) {
  if (i in myStringArray) {
    s = myStringArray[i];
    // ... do something with s ...

Assigning the length value to the local variable (as opposed to including the full myStringArray.length expression in the loop condition) can make a significant difference in performance since it skips a property lookup each time through; using Rhino on my machine, the speedup is 43%.

You will often see the length caching done in the loop initialization clause, like this:

var i, len, myStringArray = [ "Hello", "World" ];
for (len = myStringArray.length, i=0; i<len; ++i) {

The for...in syntax mentioned by others is for looping over an object's properties; since an Array in JavaScript is just an object with numeric property names (and an automatically-updated length property), you can theoretically loop over an Array with it. But the problem is that it doesn't restrict itself to the numeric property values (remember that even methods are actually just properties whose value is a closure), nor does it iterate over those in numeric order. Therefore, the for...in syntax should not be used for looping through Arrays.

answered 6 years ago Andrew Thomson #9

I would thoroughly recommend making use of the underscore.js library. It provides you with various functions that you can use to iterate over arrays/collections.

For instance:

_.each([1, 2, 3], function(num){ alert(num); });
=> alerts each number in turn...

answered 6 years ago Muhammad Alvin #10

It's not 100% identical, but similar:

   var myStringArray = ['Hello', 'World']; // array uses [] not {}
    for (var i in myStringArray) {
        console.log(i + ' -> ' + myStringArray[i]); // i is the index/key, not the item

answered 6 years ago Phrogz #11

If you want a terse way to write a fast loop and you can iterate in reverse:

for (var i=myArray.length;i--;){
  var item=myArray[i];

This has the benefit of caching the length (similar to for (var i=0, len=myArray.length; i<len; ++i) and unlike for (var i=0; i<myArray.length; ++i)) while being fewer characters to type.

There are even some times when you ought to iterate in reverse, such as when iterating over a live NodeList where you plan on removing items from the DOM during iteration.

answered 6 years ago justingordon #12

If you're using the jQuery library, consider using http://api.jquery.com/jQuery.each/

From the documentation:

jQuery.each( collection, callback(indexInArray, valueOfElement) )

Returns: Object

Description: A generic iterator function, which can be used to seamlessly iterate over both objects and arrays. Arrays and array-like objects with a length property (such as a function's arguments object) are iterated by numeric index, from 0 to length-1. Other objects are iterated via their named properties.

The $.each() function is not the same as $(selector).each(), which is used to iterate, exclusively, over a jQuery object. The $.each() function can be used to iterate over any collection, whether it is a map (JavaScript object) or an array. In the case of an array, the callback is passed an array index and a corresponding array value each time. (The value can also be accessed through the this keyword, but Javascript will always wrap the this value as an Object even if it is a simple string or number value.) The method returns its first argument, the object that was iterated.

answered 6 years ago Stijn de Witt #13

I did not yet see this variation, which I personally like the best:

Given an array:

var someArray = ["some", "example", "array"];

You can loop over it without ever accessing the length property:

for (var i=0, item; item=someArray[i]; i++) {
  // item is "some", then "example", then "array"
  // i is the index of item in the array
  alert("someArray[" + i + "]: " + item);

See this JsFiddle demonstrating that: http://jsfiddle.net/prvzk/

This only works for arrays that are not sparse. Meaning that there actually is a value at each index in the array. However, I found that in practice I hardly ever use sparse arrays in Javascript... In such cases it's usually a lot easier to use an object as a map/hashtable. If you do have a sparse array, and want to loop over 0 .. length-1, you need the for (var i=0; i<someArray.length; ++i) construct, but you still need an if inside the loop to check whether the element at the current index is actually defined.

Also, as CMS mentions in a comment below, you can only use this on arrays that don't contain any falsish values. The array of strings from the example works, but if you have empty strings, or numbers that are 0 or NaN, etc. the loop will break off prematurely. Again in practice this is hardly ever a problem for me, but it is something to keep in mind, which makes this a loop to think about before you use it... That may disqualify it for some people :)

What I like about this loop is:

  • It's short to write
  • No need to access (let alone cache) the length property
  • The item to access is automatically defined within the loop body under the name you pick.
  • Combines very naturally with array.push and array.splice to use arrays like lists/stacks

The reason this works is that the array specification mandates that when you read an item from an index >= the array's length, it will return undefined. When you write to such a location it will actually update the length.

For me, this construct most closely emulates the Java 5 syntax that I love:

for (String item : someArray) {

... with the added benefit of also knowing about the current index inside the loop

answered 5 years ago staticd #14

var x = [4, 5, 6];
for (i = 0, j = x[i]; i < x.length; j = x[++i]) {

A lot cleaner...

answered 5 years ago Marlon Bernardes #15

for (var s of myStringArray) {

(Directly answering your question: now you can!)

Most other answers are right, but they do not mention (as of this writing) that ECMA Script  6  2015 is bringing a new mechanism for doing iteration, the for..of loop.

This new syntax is the most elegant way to iterate an array in javascript (as long you don't need the iteration index), but it is not yet widely supported by the browsers.

It currently works with Firefox 13+, Chrome 37+ and it does not natively work with other browsers (see browser compatibility below). Luckily we have JS compilers (such as Babel) that allow us to use next-generation features today.

It also works on Node (I tested it on version 0.12.0).

Iterating an array

// You could also use "let" instead of "var" for block scope.
for (var letter of ["a", "b", "c"]) { 

Iterating an array of objects

var band = [
  {firstName : 'John', lastName: 'Lennon'}, 
  {firstName : 'Paul', lastName: 'McCartney'}

for(var member of band){
  console.log(member.firstName + ' ' + member.lastName); 

Iterating a generator:

(example extracted from https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Statements/for...of)

function* fibonacci() { // a generator function
  let [prev, curr] = [1, 1];
  while (true) {
    [prev, curr] = [curr, prev + curr];
    yield curr;

for (let n of fibonacci()) {
  // truncate the sequence at 1000
  if (n >= 1000) {

Compatibility table: http://kangax.github.io/es5-compat-table/es6/#For..of loops

Spec: http://wiki.ecmascript.org/doku.php?id=harmony:iterators


answered 5 years ago Zaheer Ahmed #16

The optimized approach is to cache the length of array and using single var pattern initializing all variables with single var keyword.

var i, max, myStringArray = ["Hello","World"];
for (i = 0, max = myStringArray.length; i < max; i++) {
   //Do something

If order of iteration does not matter than you should try reversed loop, it is fastest as it reduce overhead condition testing and decrement is in one statement:

var i,myStringArray = ["item1","item2"];
for (i =  myStringArray.length; i--) {

or better and cleaner to use while loop:

var myStringArray = ["item1","item2"],i = myStringArray.length;
while(i--) {
   // do something with fruits[i]

answered 5 years ago molokoloco #17

The most elegant and fast way

var arr = [1, 2, 3, 1023, 1024];
for (var value; value = arr.pop();) {
    value + 1


Edited (because I was wrong)

Comparing methods for looping through an array of 100000 items and do a minimal operation with the new value each time.


<script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-2.1.0.min.js"></script>
<script src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/underscore.js/1.6.0/underscore-min.js"></script>
    Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
        // Fake function with minimal action on the value
        var tmp = 0;
        var process = function(value) {
            tmp = value; // Hold a reference to the variable (prevent engine optimisation?)

        // Declare the test Array
        var arr = [];
        for (var i = 0; i < 100000; i++)
            arr[i] = i;


<a href="http://jsperf.com/native-loop-performance/16" 
><img src="http://i.imgur.com/YTrO68E.png" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

answered 4 years ago Sambhav Sharma #18

Well, how about this:

for (var key in myStringArray) {

answered 4 years ago RizN81 #19

There are various way to loop through array in JavaScript.

Generic loop:

var i;
for (i = 0; i < substr.length; ++i) {
    // Do something with `substr[i]`

ES5's forEach:

substr.forEach(function(item) {
    // Do something with `item`


jQuery.each(substr, function(index, item) {
    // Do something with `item` (or `this` is also `item` if you like)

Have a look this for detailed information or you can also check MDN for looping through an array in JavaScript & using jQuery check jQuery for each.

answered 4 years ago victorq10 #20

For example, I used in a Firefox console:

[].forEach.call(document.getElementsByTagName('pre'), function(e){ 

answered 3 years ago Daniel K. #21

Sure it's inefficient and many despise it, but it's one of the closest to the mentioned:

var myStringArray = ["Hello","World"];
    // Do something

answered 3 years ago John Slegers #22


Since my time in college, I've programmed in Java, JavaScript, Pascal, ABAP, PHP, Progress 4GL, C/C++ and possibly a few other languages I can't think of right now.

While they all have their own linguistic idiosyncrasies, each of these languages share many of the same basic concepts. Such concepts include procedures / functions, IF-statements, FOR-loops, and WHILE-loops.

A traditional for-loop

A traditional for loop has three components:

  1. The initialization: executed before the look block is executed the first time
  2. The condition: checks a condition every time before the loop block is executed, and quits the loop if false
  3. The afterthought: performed every time after the loop block is executed

These three components are separated from each other by a ; symbol. Content for each of these three components is optional, which means that the following is the most minimal for loop possible:

for (;;) {
    // Do stuff

Of course, you will need to include an if(condition === true) { break; } or an if(condition === true) { return; } somewhere inside that for-loop to get it to stop running.

Usually, though, the initialization is used to declare an index, the condition is used to compare that index with a minimum or maximum value, and the afterthought is used to increment the index:

for (var i = 0, length = 10; i < length; i++) {

Using a traditional for loop to loop through an array

The traditional way to loop through an array, is this:

for (var i = 0, length = myArray.length; i < length; i++) {

Or, if you prefer to loop backwards, you do this:

for (var i = myArray.length - 1; i > -1; i--) {

There are, however, many variations possible, like for example this one:

for (var key = 0, value = myArray[key], length = myArray.length; key < length; value = myArray[++key]) {

... or this one ...

var i = 0, length = myArray.length;
for (; i < length;) {

... or this one:

var key = 0, value;
for (; value = myArray[key++];){

Whichever works best is largely a matter of both personal taste and the specific use case you're implementing.

Note that each of these variations is supported by all browsers, including very very old ones!

A while loop

One alternative to a for loop is a while loop. To loop through an array, you could do this:

var key = 0;
while(value = myArray[key++]){

Like traditional for loops, while loops are supported by even the oldest of browsers.

Also, note that every while loop can be rewritten as a for loop. For example, the while loop hereabove behaves the exact same way as this for-loop:

for(var key = 0; value = myArray[key++];){

For...in and for...of

In JavaScript, you can also do this:

for (i in myArray) {

This should be used with care, however, as it doesn't behave the same as a traditional for loop in all cases, and there are potential side-effects that need to be considered. See Why is using "for...in" with array iteration a bad idea? for more details.

As an alternative to for...in, there's now also for for...of. The following example shows the difference between a for...of loop and a for...in loop:

var myArray = [3, 5, 7];
myArray.foo = "hello";

for (var i in myArray) {
  console.log(i); // logs 0, 1, 2, "foo"

for (var i of myArray) {
  console.log(i); // logs 3, 5, 7

Additionally, you need to consider that no version of Internet Explorer supports for...of (Edge 12+ does) and that for...in requires at least Internet Explorer 10.


An alternative to for-loops is Array.prototype.forEach(), which uses the following syntax:

myArray.forEach(function(value, key, myArray) {

Array.prototype.forEach() is supported by all modern browsers, as well as Internet Explorer 9 and later.


Finally, many utility libraries also have their own foreach variation. AFAIK, the three most popular ones are these:

jQuery.each(), in jQuery:

$.each(myArray, function(key, value) {

_.each(), in Underscore.js:

_.each(myArray, function(value, key, myArray) {

_.forEach(), in Lodash.js:

_.forEach(myArray, function(value, key) {

answered 3 years ago Juanjo Salvador #23

Short answer: yes. You can do with this:

var myArray = ["element1", "element2", "element3", "element4"];

for (i = 0; i < myArray.length; i++) {

In a browser console, you can see something like "element1", "element2", etc., printed.

answered 2 years ago jj_ #24

If you want to use jQuery, it has a nice example in its documentation:

 $.each([ 52, 97 ], function( index, value ) {
      alert( index + ": " + value );

answered 2 years ago user6139250 #25

It is better to use a sequential for loop:

for (var i = 0; i < myStringArray.length; i++) {
    // Do something

answered 2 years ago Shubham Khatri #26

There are a couple of ways to do it in JavaScript. The first two examples are JavaScript samples. The third one makes use of a JavaScript library, that is, jQuery making use of the .each() function.

var myStringArray = ["hello", "World"];
for(var i in myStringArray) {

var myStringArray = ["hello", "World"];
for (var i=0; i < myStringArray.length; i++) {

var myStringArray = ["hello", "World"];
$.each(myStringArray, function(index, value){
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.1/jquery.min.js"></script>

answered 2 years ago Amit Jamwal #27

var myStringArray = ["hello", "World"];
myStringArray.forEach(function(val, index){
   console.log(val, index);

answered 2 years ago Dan Chill #28

var obj = ["one","two","three"];

for(x in obj){

answered 2 years ago bzim #29

Array loop:

for(var i = 0; i < things.length; i++){
    var thing = things[i];

Object loop:

for(var prop in obj){
    var propValue = obj[prop];

answered 2 years ago Alongkorn Chetasumon #30

In JavaScript, there are so many solutions to loop an array.

The code below are popular ones

/** Declare inputs */
const items = ['Hello', 'World']

/** Solution 1. Simple for */
console.log('solution 1. simple for')

for (let i = 0; i < items.length; i++) {


/** Solution 2. Simple while */
console.log('solution 2. simple while')

let i = 0
while (i < items.length) {


/** Solution 3. forEach*/
console.log('solution 3. forEach')

items.forEach(item => {


/** Solution 4. for-of*/
console.log('solution 4. for-of')

for (const item of items) {


answered 2 years ago Espen #31

The best way in my opinion is to use the Array.forEach function. If you cannot use that I would suggest to get the polyfill from MDN to make i available, it is certainly the safest way to iterate over an array in JavaScript.


So as others has suggested, this is almost always what you want:

var numbers = [1,11,22,33,44,55,66,77,88,99,111];
var sum = 0;
  sum += n;

This ensures that anything you need in the scope of processing the array stays within that scope, and that you are only processing the values of the array, not the object properties and other members, which is what for .. in does.

using a regular c style for loop works in most cases, it is just important to remember that everything within the loop shares it's scope with the rest of your program, the { } does not create a new scope.


var sum = 0;
var numbers = [1,11,22,33,44,55,66,77,88,99,111];

for(var i = 0; i<numbers.length; ++i){ 
  sum += numbers[i];


will output "11" - which may or may not be what you want.

Working jsFiddle example: https://jsfiddle.net/workingClassHacker/pxpv2dh5/7/

answered 1 year ago Alireza #32

Yes, you can do the same in JavaScript using loop, but not limited to that, many ways to do loop over arrays in JavaScrip, imagine you have this array below and you'd like to do a loop over it:

var arr = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];

These are the solutions:

1) For loop

For loop is a common way looping through arrays in JavaScript, but no considered as the fastest solutions for large arrays:

for (var i=0, l=arr.length; i<l; i++) { 

2) While loop

While loop considered as the fastest way to loop through long arrays, but usually less used in the JavaScript:

let i=0;

while (arr.length>i) {

3) Do while
Do while doing the same thing as while with some syntax difference as below:

let i=0;
do {
while (arr.length>i);

These are the main ways to do javascript loops, but there are few more ways to do that.

Also we use for in loop for looping over objects in javascript.

Also look at map(), filter(), reduce() etc functions on Array in JavaScript. They may do things much faster and better than using while and for.

This is good article if you like to learn more about the async functions over arrays in JavaScript.

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One of the cornerstones of functional programming is its special use of lists and list operations. And those things are exactly what the sound like they are: arrays of things, and the stuff you do to them. But the functional mindset treats them a bit differently than you might expect.

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It also means you'll never have to write a for loop again.

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answered 1 year ago Andrew #33

It seems that listed all the variants except forEach by lodash:

_.forEach([1, 2], (value) => {

answered 1 year ago BILAL AHMAD #34

Just a simple one line solution

arr = ["table", "chair"];

// solution
arr.map((e) => {
  return e;

answered 7 months ago Yuci #35

Some use cases of looping through an array in the functional programming way in JavaScript:

1. Just loop through an array

const myArray = [{x:100}, {x:200}, {x:300}];

myArray.forEach((element, index, array) => {
    console.log(element.x); // 100, 200, 300
    console.log(index); // 0, 1, 2
    console.log(array); // same myArray object 3 times

Note: Array.prototype.forEach() is not a functional way strictly speaking, as the function it takes as the input parameter is not supposed to return a value, which thus cannot be regarded as a pure function.

2. Check if any of the elements in an array pass a test

const people = [
    {name: 'John', age: 23}, 
    {name: 'Andrew', age: 3}, 
    {name: 'Peter', age: 8}, 
    {name: 'Hanna', age: 14}, 
    {name: 'Adam', age: 37}];

const anyAdult = people.some(person => person.age >= 18);
console.log(anyAdult); // true

3. Transform to a new array

const myArray = [{x:100}, {x:200}, {x:300}];

const newArray= myArray.map(element => element.x);
console.log(newArray); // [100, 200, 300]

Note: The map() method creates a new array with the results of calling a provided function on every element in the calling array.

4. Sum up a particular property, and calculate its average

const myArray = [{x:100}, {x:200}, {x:300}];

const sum = myArray.map(element => element.x).reduce((a, b) => a + b, 0);
console.log(sum); // 600 = 0 + 100 + 200 + 300

const average = sum / myArray.length;
console.log(average); // 200

5. Create a new array based on the original but without modifying it

const myArray = [{x:100}, {x:200}, {x:300}];

const newArray= myArray.map(element => {
    return {
        x: element.x * 2

console.log(myArray); // [100, 200, 300]
console.log(newArray); // [200, 400, 600]

6. Count the number of each category

const people = [
    {name: 'John', group: 'A'}, 
    {name: 'Andrew', group: 'C'}, 
    {name: 'Peter', group: 'A'}, 
    {name: 'James', group: 'B'}, 
    {name: 'Hanna', group: 'A'}, 
    {name: 'Adam', group: 'B'}];

const groupInfo = people.reduce((groups, person) => {
    const {A = 0, B = 0, C = 0} = groups;
    if (person.group === 'A') {
        return {...groups, A: A + 1};
    } else if (person.group === 'B') {
        return {...groups, B: B + 1};
    } else {
        return {...groups, C: C + 1};
}, {});

console.log(groupInfo); // {A: 3, C: 1, B: 2}

7. Retrieve a subset of an array based on particular criteria

const myArray = [{x:100}, {x:200}, {x:300}];

const newArray = myArray.filter(element => element.x > 250);
console.log(newArray); // [{x:300}] 

Note: The filter() method creates a new array with all elements that pass the test implemented by the provided function.

8. Sort an array

const people = [
  { name: "John", age: 21 },
  { name: "Peter", age: 31 },
  { name: "Andrew", age: 29 },
  { name: "Thomas", age: 25 }

let sortByAge = people.sort(function (p1, p2) {
  return p1.age - p2.age;


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9. Find an element in an array

const people = [ {name: "john", age:23},
                {name: "john", age:43},
                {name: "jim", age:101},
                {name: "bob", age:67} ];

const john = people.find(person => person.name === 'john');

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The Array.prototype.find() method returns the value of the first element in the array that satisfies the provided testing function.


answered 1 month ago colxi #36

If anybody is interested in the performance side of the multiple mechanisms available for Array iterations , i've prepared the following JSPerf tests:


Performamce results

Results :

The traditional for() iterator, is by far the fastest method, specially when used with the array length cached.

let arr = [1,2,3,4,5];

for(let i=0, size=arr.length; i<size; i++){
    // do something

The Array.prototype.forEach() and the Array.prototype.map() methods are the slowest approximations, probably as a consequence of the function call overhead

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