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.
Living Standard  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support491242 No3610
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support4949 Yes42 No3610

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