The arguments.length property contains the number of arguments passed to the function.

Syntax

arguments.length

Description

The arguments.length property provides the number of arguments actually passed to a function. This can be more or less than the defined parameter's count (see Function.length).

Examples

Using arguments.length

In this example we define a function that can add two or more numbers together.

function adder(base /*, n2, ... */) {
  base = Number(base);
  for (var i = 1; i < arguments.length; i++) {
    base += Number(arguments[i]);
  }
  return base;
}

Note the difference between Function.length and arguments.length

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 1st Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.1
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Arguments Object' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Arguments Exotic Objects' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Arguments Exotic Objects' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

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Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yesnodejs Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support

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