The static Reflect.getPrototypeOf() method is almost the same method as Object.getPrototypeOf(). It returns the prototype (i.e. the value of the internal [[Prototype]] property) of the specified object.




The target object of which to get the prototype.

Return value

The prototype of the given object. If there are no inherited properties, null is returned.


A TypeError, if target is not an Object.


The Reflect.getPrototypeOf method returns the prototype (i.e. the value of the internal [[Prototype]] property) of the specified object.


Using Reflect.getPrototypeOf()

Reflect.getPrototypeOf({}); // Object.prototype
Reflect.getPrototypeOf(Object.prototype); // null
Reflect.getPrototypeOf(Object.create(null)); // null

Compared to Object.getPrototypeOf()

// Same result for Objects
Object.getPrototypeOf({});  // Object.prototype
Reflect.getPrototypeOf({}); // Object.prototype

// Both throw in ES5 for non-Objects
Object.getPrototypeOf('foo');  // Throws TypeError
Reflect.getPrototypeOf('foo'); // Throws TypeError

// In ES2015 only Reflect throws, Object coerces non-Objects
Object.getPrototypeOf('foo');  // String.prototype
Reflect.getPrototypeOf('foo'); // Throws TypeError

// To mimic the Object ES2015 behavior you need to coerce
Reflect.getPrototypeOf(Object('foo')); // String.prototype


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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support491242 No3610
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support4949 Yes4236105.0

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