The Math.hypot() function returns the square root of the sum of squares of its arguments, that is

Math.hypot(v1,v2,,vn)=i=1nvi2=v12+v22++vn2\mathtt{\operatorname{Math.hypot}(v_1, v_2, \dots, v_n)} = \sqrt{\sum_{i=1}^n v_i^2} = \sqrt{v_1^2 + v_2^2 + \dots + v_n^2}


Math.hypot([value1[, value2[, ...]]])


value1, value2, ...


Because hypot() is a static method of Math, you always use it as Math.hypot(), rather than as a method of a Math object you created (Math is not a constructor).

If no arguments are given, the result is +0.

If at least one of arguments cannot be converted to a number, the result is NaN.

With one argument, Math.hypot() returns the same as Math.abs().


Using Math.hypot()

Math.hypot(3, 4);        // 5
Math.hypot(3, 4, 5);     // 7.0710678118654755
Math.hypot();            // 0
Math.hypot(NaN);         // NaN
Math.hypot(3, 4, 'foo'); // NaN, +'foo' => NaN
Math.hypot(3, 4, '5');   // 7.0710678118654755, +'5' => 5
Math.hypot(-3);          // 3, the same as Math.abs(-3)


This can be emulated using the following function:

Math.hypot = Math.hypot || function() {
  var y = 0;
  var length = arguments.length;

  for (var i = 0; i < length; i++) {
    if (arguments[i] === Infinity || arguments[i] === -Infinity) {
      return Infinity;
    y += arguments[i] * arguments[i];
  return Math.sqrt(y);


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Math.hypot' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript 2017 Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Math.hypot' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 38 27 (27) No support 25 7.1
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support No support 27.0 (27) No support No support 8

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