Object

Summary

The Object constructor creates an object wrapper.

Constructor

// Object initialiser or literal
{ [ nameValuePair1 [, nameValuePair2 [, ...nameValuePairN] ] ] }

// Called as a constructor
new Object( [ value ] )

Parameters

nameValuePair1, nameValuePair2, ... nameValuePairN
Pairs of names (strings) and values (any value) where the name is separated from the value by a colon.
value
Any value.

Description

The Object constructor creates an object wrapper for the given value. If the value is null or undefined, it will create and return an empty object, otherwise, it will return an object of a Type that corresponds to the given value. If the value is an object already, it will return the value.

When called in a non-constructor context, Object behaves identically to new Object().

Properties of the Object constructor

For properties available on Object instances, see Properties of Object instances.

Object.length
Has a value of 1.
Object.prototype
Allows the addition of properties to all objects of type Object.
Properties inherited from Function:

Methods of the Object constructor

For methods available on Object instances, see Methods of Object instances.

Object.create()
Creates a new object with the specified prototype object and properties.
Object.defineProperty()
Adds the named property described by a given descriptor to an object.
Object.defineProperties()
Adds the named properties described by the given descriptors to an object.
Object.freeze()
Freezes an object: other code can't delete or change any properties.
Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor()
Returns a property descriptor for a named property on an object.
Object.getOwnPropertyNames()
Returns an array containing the names of all of the given object's own enumerable and non-enumerable properties.
Object.getPrototypeOf()
Returns the prototype of the specified object.
Object.is()
Compares if two values are distinguishable (ie. the same)
Object.isExtensible()
Determines if extending of an object is allowed.
Object.isFrozen()
Determines if an object was frozen.
Object.isSealed()
Determines if an object is sealed.
Object.keys()
Returns an array containing the names of all of the given object's own enumerable properties.
Object.preventExtensions()
Prevents any extensions of an object.
Object.seal()
Prevents other code from deleting properties of an object.
Object.setPrototypeOf()
Sets the prototype (i.e., the internal [[Prototype]] property)
Methods inherited from Function:

Object instances and Object prototype object

All objects in JavaScript are descended from Object; all objects inherit methods and properties from Object.prototype, although they may be overridden. For example, other constructors' prototypes override the constructor property and provide their own toString methods. Changes to the Object prototype object are propagated to all objects unless the properties and methods subject to those changes are overridden further along the prototype chain.

Properties

Object.prototype.constructor
Specifies the function that creates an object's prototype.
Object.prototype.__proto__
Points to the object which was used as prototype when the object was instantiated.
Object.prototype.__noSuchMethod__
Allows a function to be defined that will be executed when an undefined object member is called as a method.
Object.prototype.__count__
Used to return the number of enumerable properties directly on a user-defined object, but has been removed.
Object.prototype.__parent__
Used to point to an object's context, but has been removed.

Methods

Object.prototype.__defineGetter__()
Associates a function with a property that, when accessed, executes that function and returns its return value.
Object.prototype.__defineSetter__()
Associates a function with a property that, when set, executes that function which modifies the property.
Object.prototype.__lookupGetter__()
Returns the function associated with the specified property by the __defineGetter__ method.
Object.prototype.__lookupSetter__()
Returns the function associated with the specified property by the __defineSetter__ method.
Object.prototype.hasOwnProperty()
Returns a boolean indicating whether an object contains the specified property as a direct property of that object and not inherited through the prototype chain.
Object.prototype.isPrototypeOf()
Returns a boolean indication whether the specified object is in the prototype chain of the object this method is called upon.
Object.prototype.propertyIsEnumerable()
Returns a boolean indicating if the internal ECMAScript DontEnum attribute is set.
Object.prototype.toSource()
Returns string containing the source of an object literal representing the object that this method is called upon; you can use this value to create a new object.
Object.prototype.toLocaleString()
Calls toString().
Object.prototype.toString()
Returns a string representation of the object.
Object.prototype.unwatch()
Removes a watchpoint from a property of the object.
Object.prototype.valueOf()
Returns the primitive value of the specified object.
Object.prototype.watch()
Adds a watchpoint to a property of the object.
Object.prototype.eval()
Used to evaluate a string of JavaScript code in the context of the specified object, but has been removed.

Examples

Example: Using Object given undefined and null types

The following examples store an empty Object object in o:

var o = new Object();
var o = new Object(undefined);
var o = new Object(null);

Example: Using Object to create Boolean objects

The following examples store Boolean objects in o:

// equivalent to o = new Boolean(true);
var o = new Object(true);
// equivalent to o = new Boolean(false);
var o = new Object(Boolean());

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 1st Edition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.0 Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript Language Specification 5.1th Edition (ECMA-262) Standard  
ECMAScript Language Specification 6th Edition (ECMA-262) Draft  

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)