The Object.isFrozen() static method determines if an object is frozen.

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The object which should be checked.

Return value

A Boolean indicating whether or not the given object is frozen.


An object is frozen if and only if it is not extensible, all its properties are non-configurable, and all its data properties (that is, properties which are not accessor properties with getter or setter components) are non-writable.


Using Object.isFrozen

// A new object is extensible, so it is not frozen.
Object.isFrozen({}); // false

// An empty object which is not extensible
// is vacuously frozen.
const vacuouslyFrozen = Object.preventExtensions({});
Object.isFrozen(vacuouslyFrozen); // true

// A new object with one property is also extensible,
// ergo not frozen.
const oneProp = { p: 42 };
Object.isFrozen(oneProp); // false

// Preventing extensions to the object still doesn't
// make it frozen, because the property is still
// configurable (and writable).
Object.isFrozen(oneProp); // false

// Deleting that property makes the object vacuously frozen.
delete oneProp.p;
Object.isFrozen(oneProp); // true

// A non-extensible object with a non-writable
// but still configurable property is not frozen.
const nonWritable = { e: "plep" };
Object.defineProperty(nonWritable, "e", {
  writable: false,
}); // make non-writable
Object.isFrozen(nonWritable); // false

// Changing that property to non-configurable
// then makes the object frozen.
Object.defineProperty(nonWritable, "e", {
  configurable: false,
}); // make non-configurable
Object.isFrozen(nonWritable); // true

// A non-extensible object with a non-configurable
// but still writable property also isn't frozen.
const nonConfigurable = { release: "the kraken!" };
Object.defineProperty(nonConfigurable, "release", {
  configurable: false,
Object.isFrozen(nonConfigurable); // false

// Changing that property to non-writable
// then makes the object frozen.
Object.defineProperty(nonConfigurable, "release", {
  writable: false,
Object.isFrozen(nonConfigurable); // true

// A non-extensible object with a configurable
// accessor property isn't frozen.
const accessor = {
  get food() {
    return "yum";
Object.isFrozen(accessor); // false

// When we make that property non-configurable it becomes frozen.
Object.defineProperty(accessor, "food", {
  configurable: false,
Object.isFrozen(accessor); // true

// But the easiest way for an object to be frozen
// is if Object.freeze has been called on it.
const frozen = { 1: 81 };
Object.isFrozen(frozen); // false
Object.isFrozen(frozen); // true

// By definition, a frozen object is non-extensible.
Object.isExtensible(frozen); // false

// Also by definition, a frozen object is sealed.
Object.isSealed(frozen); // true

Non-object argument

In ES5, if the argument to this method is not an object (a primitive), then it will cause a TypeError. In ES2015, it will return true without any errors if a non-object argument is passed, since primitives are, by definition, immutable.

// TypeError: 1 is not an object (ES5 code)

// true                          (ES2015 code)


ECMAScript Language Specification
# sec-object.isfrozen

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