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The __defineGetter__ method binds an object's property to a function to be called when that property is looked up.


obj.__defineGetter__(sprop, fun)


A string containing the name of the property to bind to the given function
A function to be bound to a lookup of the specified property


The __defineGetter__ allows a getter to be defined on a pre-existing object.


// Non-standard and deprecated way

var o = {};
o.__defineGetter__("gimmeFive", function() { return 5; });
console.log(o.gimmeFive); // 5

// Standard-compliant ways

// Using the get operator
var o = { get gimmeFive() {return 5}};
console.log(o.gimmeFive); // 5

// Using Object.defineProperty
var o = {}
Object.defineProperty(o, 'gimmeFive', {
    get: function() {
        return 5;
console.log(o.gimmeFive); // 5


Not part of any specifications.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) IE 11 (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) ? (Yes) (Yes)

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