This feature is obsolete. Although it may still work in some browsers, its use is discouraged since it could be removed at any time. Try to avoid using it.

The Object.unobserve() method was used to remove observers set by Object.observe(), but has been deprecated and removed from Browsers. You can use the more general Proxy object instead.


Object.unobserve(obj, callback)


The object to stop observing.
The reference to the observer to stop calling each time changes are made on the object obj.

Return value

The specified object.


Object.unobserve() should be called after Object.observe() in order to remove an observer from an object.

The callback should be a reference to a function and not an anonymous function, because this reference will be used to unset the previous observer. It's useless to call Object.unobserve() with an anonymous function as callback, it will not remove any observer.


Unobserving an object

var obj = {
  foo: 0,
  bar: 1

var observer = function(changes) {

Object.observe(obj, observer);
obj.newProperty = 2;
// [{name: 'newProperty', object: <obj>, type: 'add'}]

Object.unobserve(obj, observer);

obj.foo = 1;
// The callback wasn't called

Using an anonymous function

var person = {
  name : 'Ahmed',
  age : 25

Object.observe(person, function (changes) {

person.age = 40; 
// [{name: 'age', object: <obj>, oldValue: 25, type: 'update'}]

Object.unobserve(person, function (changes) {

person.age = 63;
// [{name: 'age', object: <obj>, oldValue: 40, type: 'update'}]
// The callback will always be called


Strawman proposal specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 36 No support No support 23 No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support 36 No support No support 23 No support

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