The static Reflect.setPrototypeOf() method is the same method as Object.setPrototypeOf(). It sets the prototype (i.e., the internal [[Prototype]] property) of a specified object to another object or to null.

Syntax

Reflect.setPrototypeOf(target, prototype)

Parameters

target
The target object of which to set the prototype.
prototype
The object's new prototype (an object or null).

Return value

A Boolean indicating whether or not the prototype was successfully set.

Exceptions

A TypeError, if target is not an Object or if prototype is neither an object nor null.

Description

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

Examples

Using Reflect.setPrototypeOf()

Reflect.setPrototypeOf({}, Object.prototype); // true

// It can change an object's [[Prototype]] to null.
Reflect.setPrototypeOf({}, null); // true

// Returns false if target is not extensible.
Reflect.setPrototypeOf(Object.freeze({}), null); // false

// Returns false if it cause a prototype chain cycle.
var target = {};
var proto = Object.create(target);
Reflect.setPrototypeOf(target, proto); // false

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Reflect.setPrototypeOf' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Reflect.setPrototypeOf' in that specification.
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Basic supportChrome Full support 49Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 42IE No support NoOpera Full support 36Safari Full support 10WebView Android Full support 49Chrome Android Full support 49Edge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 42Opera Android Full support 36Safari iOS Full support 10Samsung Internet Android Full support 5.0nodejs Full support 6.0.0

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