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Math.min()

The Math.min() function returns the smallest of zero or more numbers.

Syntax

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

Parameters

value1, value2, ...
Numbers.

Description

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

If no arguments are given, the result is Infinity.

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

Examples

Using Math.min()

This finds the min of x and y and assigns it to z:

var x = 10, y = -20;
var z = Math.min(x, y);

Clipping a value with Math.min()

Math.min() is often used to clip a value so that it is always less than or equal to a boundary. For instance, this

var x = f(foo);

if (x > boundary) {
  x = boundary;
}

may be written as this

var x = Math.min(f(foo), boundary);

Math.max() can be used in a similar way to clip a value at the other end.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 1st Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.0.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Math.min' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Math.min' in that specification.
Standard  

Browser compatibility

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

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