Error: message

The message data property of an Error instance is a human-readable description of the error.


A string corresponding to the value passed to the Error() constructor as the first argument.

Property attributes of Error: message
Writable yes
Enumerable no
Configurable yes


This property contains a brief description of the error if one is available or has been set. The message property combined with the name property is used by the Error.prototype.toString() method to create a string representation of the Error.

By default, the message property is an empty string, but this behavior can be overridden for an instance by specifying a message as the first argument to the Error constructor.


Throwing a custom error

const e = new Error("Could not parse input");
// e.message is 'Could not parse input'
throw e;


ECMAScript Language Specification
# sec-error.prototype.message

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