Function.length

The length property indicates the number of parameters expected by the function.

Property attributes of Function.length
Writable no
Enumerable no
Configurable yes

Description

length is a property of a function object, and indicates how many arguments the function expects, i.e. the number of formal parameters. This number excludes the rest parameter and only includes parameters before the first one with a default value. By contrast, arguments.length is local to a function and provides the number of arguments actually passed to the function.

Data property of the Function constructor

The Function constructor is itself a Function object. Its length data property has a value of 1. The property attributes are: Writable: false, Enumerable: false, Configurable: true.

Property of the Function prototype object

The length property of the Function prototype object has a value of 0.

Examples

Using function length

console.log(Function.length); /* 1 */

console.log((function()        {}).length); /* 0 */
console.log((function(a)       {}).length); /* 1 */
console.log((function(a, b)    {}).length); /* 2 etc. */

console.log((function(...args) {}).length); 
// 0, rest parameter is not counted

console.log((function(a, b = 1, c) {}).length);
// 1, only parameters before the first one with 
// a default value is counted

Specifications

Specification
ECMAScript (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Function.length' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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lengthChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 4Opera Full support 3Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0nodejs Full support Yes
Configurable: trueChrome Full support 43Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 37IE No support NoOpera Full support 30Safari Full support 10WebView Android Full support 43Chrome Android Full support 43Firefox Android Full support 37Opera Android Full support 30Safari iOS Full support 10Samsung Internet Android Full support 4.0nodejs Full support Yes

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See also