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Der delete Operator entfernt eine Property von einem Objekt.


delete Ausdruck 

wobei der Ausdruck eine Referenz auf eine Property ergeben sollte, z. B.:

delete object['property']


Der Name eines Objekts oder ein Ausdruck der ein Objekt ergibt.
Die zu löschende Property.


Throws in strict mode if the property is an own non-configurable property (returns false in non-strict). Returns true in all other cases.


Anders als es allgemein üblich ist, hat der delete operator nichts mit dem Freigeben des Speichers zu tun (es findet lediglich eine dereferenzierung statt. Erfahre mehr unter memory management).

War der delete operator erfolgreich wird die Property komplett vom Objekt entfernt. Wie auch immer, sollte eine Property mit dem selben Namen in der prototype-Kette existieren, wird diese Property vererbt.

delete ist nur effektiv an den Propertys eines Objektes, es hat kein Effekt auf Variablen oder Funktionen.
While sometimes mis-characterized as global variables, assignments that don't specify an object (e.g. x = 5) are actually property assignments on the global object.

delete can't remove certain properties of predefined objects (like Object, Array, Math etc). These are described in ECMAScript 5 and later as non-configurable.

Temporal dead zone

The "temporal dead zone" (TDZ), specified in ECMAScript 6 for const and let declarations, also applies to the delete operator. Thus, code like the following will throw a ReferenceError.

function foo() { 
  delete x;
  let x;

function bar() { 
  delete y; 
  const y; 


x = 42;         // creates the property x on the global object
var y = 43;     // creates the property y on the global object, and marks it as non-configurable
myobj = {
  h: 4,
  k: 5

// x is a property of the global object and can be deleted
delete x;       // returns true

// y is not configurable, so it cannot be deleted                
delete y;       // returns false 

// delete doesn't affect certain predefined properties
delete Math.PI; // returns false 

// user-defined properties can be deleted
delete myobj.h; // returns true 

// myobj is a property of the global object, not a variable,
// so it can be deleted
delete myobj;   // returns true

function f() {
  var z = 44;

  // delete doesn't affect local variable names
  delete z;     // returns false

If the object inherits a property from a prototype, and doesn't have the property itself, the property can't be deleted by referencing the object. You can, however, delete it directly on the prototype.

function Foo(){} = 42;
var foo = new Foo();

// returns true, but with no effect, 
// since bar is an inherited property

// logs 42, property still inherited

// deletes property on prototype

// logs "undefined", property no longer inherited

Deleting array elements

When you delete an array element, the array length is not affected. This holds even if you delete the last element of the array.

When the delete operator removes an array element, that element is no longer in the array. In the following example, trees[3] is removed with delete.

var trees = ["redwood","bay","cedar","oak","maple"];
delete trees[3];
if (3 in trees) {
    // this does not get executed

If you want an array element to exist but have an undefined value, use the undefined value instead of the delete operator. In the following example, trees[3] is assigned the value undefined, but the array element still exists:

var trees = ["redwood","bay","cedar","oak","maple"];
trees[3] = undefined;
if (3 in trees) {
    // this gets executed


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
Die Definition von 'The delete Operator' in dieser Spezifikation.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
Die Definition von 'The delete Operator' in dieser Spezifikation.
ECMAScript 1st Edition (ECMA-262)
Die Definition von 'The delete Operator' in dieser Spezifikation.
Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.2.

Browser Kompatibilität

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Ja) (Ja) (Ja) (Ja) (Ja)
Temporal dead zone ? 36 (36) ? ? ?
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Ja) (Ja) (Ja) (Ja) (Ja) (Ja)
Temporal dead zone ? ? 36.0 (36) ? ? ?

Cross-browser notes

Although ECMAScript makes iteration order of objects implementation-dependent, it may appear that all major browsers support an iteration order based on the earliest added property coming first (at least for properties not on the prototype). However, in the case of Internet Explorer, when one uses delete on a property, some confusing behavior results, preventing other browsers from using simple objects like object literals as ordered associative arrays. In Explorer, while the property value is indeed set to undefined, if one later adds back a property with the same name, the property will be iterated in its old position--not at the end of the iteration sequence as one might expect after having deleted the property and then added it back.

So, if you want to simulate an ordered associative array in a cross-browser environment, you are forced to either use two separate arrays (one for the keys and the other for the values), or build an array of single-property objects, etc.

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