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The Set object lets you store unique values of any type, whether primitive values or object references.

Syntax

new Set([iterable]);

Parameters

iterable
If an iterable object is passed, all of its elements will be added to the new Set. null is treated as undefined.

Description

Set objects are collections of values. You can iterate through the elements of a set in insertion order. A value in the Set may only occur once; it is unique in the Set's collection.

Value equality

Because each value in the Set has to be unique, the value equality will be checked. In an earlier version of ECMAScript specification this was not based on the same algorithm as the one used in the === operator. Specifically, for Sets, +0 (which is strictly equal to -0) and -0 were different values. However, this was changed in the ECMAScript 2015 specification. See "Value equality for -0 and 0" in the browser compatability table for details.

Also, NaN and undefined can also be stored in a Set. NaN is considered the same as NaN (even though NaN !== NaN).

Properties

Set.length
The value of the length property is 0.
get Set[@@species]
The constructor function that is used to create derived objects.
Set.prototype
Represents the prototype for the Set constructor. Allows the addition of properties to all Set objects.

Set instances

All Set instances inherit from Set.prototype.

Properties

Set.prototype.constructor
Returns the function that created an instance's prototype. This is the Set function by default.
Set.prototype.size
Returns the number of values in the Set object.

Methods

Set.prototype.add(value)
Appends a new element with the given value to the Set object. Returns the Set object.
Set.prototype.clear()
Removes all elements from the Set object.
Set.prototype.delete(value)
Removes the element associated to the value and returns the value that Set.prototype.has(value) would have previously returned. Set.prototype.has(value) will return false afterwards.
Set.prototype.entries()
Returns a new Iterator object that contains an array of [value, value] for each element in the Set object, in insertion order. This is kept similar to the Map object, so that each entry has the same value for its key and value here.
Set.prototype.forEach(callbackFn[, thisArg])
Calls callbackFn once for each value present in the Set object, in insertion order. If a thisArg parameter is provided to forEach, it will be used as the this value for each callback.
Set.prototype.has(value)
Returns a boolean asserting whether an element is present with the given value in the Set object or not.
Set.prototype.keys()
Is the same function as the values() function and returns a new Iterator object that contains the values for each element in the Set object in insertion order.
Set.prototype.values()
Returns a new Iterator object that contains the values for each element in the Set object in insertion order.
Set.prototype[@@iterator]()
Returns a new Iterator object that contains the values for each element in the Set object in insertion order.

Examples

Using the Set object

var mySet = new Set();

mySet.add(1);
mySet.add(5);
mySet.add("some text");
var o = {a: 1, b: 2};
mySet.add(o);

mySet.add({a: 1, b: 2}); // o is referencing a different object so this is okay

mySet.has(1); // true
mySet.has(3); // false, 3 has not been added to the set
mySet.has(5);              // true
mySet.has(Math.sqrt(25));  // true
mySet.has("Some Text".toLowerCase()); // true
mySet.has(o); // true

mySet.size; // 5

mySet.delete(5); // removes 5 from the set
mySet.has(5);    // false, 5 has been removed

mySet.size; // 4, we just removed one value

Iterating Sets

// iterate over items in set
// logs the items in the order: 1, "some text", {"a": 1, "b": 2} 
for (let item of mySet) console.log(item);

// logs the items in the order: 1, "some text", {"a": 1, "b": 2} 
for (let item of mySet.keys()) console.log(item);
 
// logs the items in the order: 1, "some text", {"a": 1, "b": 2} 
for (let item of mySet.values()) console.log(item);

// logs the items in the order: 1, "some text", {"a": 1, "b": 2} 
//(key and value are the same here)
for (let [key, value] of mySet.entries()) console.log(key);

// convert Set object to an Array object, with Array.from
var myArr = Array.from(mySet); // [1, "some text", {"a": 1, "b": 2}]

// the following will also work if run in an HTML document
mySet.add(document.body);
mySet.has(document.querySelector("body")); // true

// converting between Set and Array
mySet2 = new Set([1,2,3,4]);
mySet2.size; // 4
[...mySet2]; // [1,2,3,4]

// intersect can be simulated via 
var intersection = new Set([...set1].filter(x => set2.has(x)));

// difference can be simulated via
var difference = new Set([...set1].filter(x => !set2.has(x)));

// Iterate set entries with forEach
mySet.forEach(function(value) {
  console.log(value);
});

// 1
// 2
// 3
// 4

Implementing basic set operations

Set.prototype.isSuperset = function(subset) {
    for (var elem of subset) {
        if (!this.has(elem)) {
            return false;
        }
    }
    return true;
}

Set.prototype.union = function(setB) {
    var union = new Set(this);
    for (var elem of setB) {
        union.add(elem);
    }
    return union;
}

Set.prototype.intersection = function(setB) {
    var intersection = new Set();
    for (var elem of setB) {
        if (this.has(elem)) {
            intersection.add(elem);
        }
    }
    return intersection;
}

Set.prototype.difference = function(setB) {
    var difference = new Set(this);
    for (var elem of setB) {
        difference.delete(elem);
    }
    return difference;
}

//Examples
var setA = new Set([1,2,3,4]),
    setB = new Set([2,3]),
    setC = new Set([3,4,5,6]);

setA.isSuperset(setB); // => true
setA.union(setC); // => Set [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
setA.intersection(setC); // => Set [3, 4]
setA.difference(setC); // => Set [1, 2]

Relation with Array objects

var myArray = ["value1", "value2", "value3"];

// Use the regular Set constructor to transform an Array into a Set
var mySet = new Set(myArray);

mySet.has("value1"); // returns true

// Use the spread operator to transform a set into an Array.
console.log([...mySet]); // Will show you exactly the same Array as myArray

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Set' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript 2017 Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Set' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support

38 [1]

12 13 (13) 11 25 7.1
Constructor argument: new Set(iterable) 38 12 13 (13) No support 25 9.0
iterable 38 12 17 (17) No support 25 7.1
Set.clear() 38 12 19 (19) 11 25 7.1
Set.keys(), Set.values(), Set.entries() 38 12 24 (24) No support 25 7.1
Set.forEach() 38 12 25 (25) 11 25 7.1
Value equality for -0 and 0 38 12 29 (29) No support 25 9
Constructor argument: new Set(null) (Yes) 12 37 (37) 11 (Yes) 7.1
Monkey-patched add() in Constructor (Yes) 12 37 (37) No support (Yes) 9
Set[@@species] 51 13 41 (41) No support 38 10
Set() without new throws (Yes) 12 42 (42) 11 (Yes) 9
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support 38 [1] 13.0 (13) No support No support 8
Constructor argument: new Set(iterable) No support 38 13.0 (13) No support No support 9
iterable No support No support 17.0 (17) No support No support 8
Set.clear() No support 38 19.0 (19) No support No support 8
Set.keys(), Set.values(), Set.entries() No support 38 24.0 (24) No support No support 8
Set.forEach() No support 38 25.0 (25) No support No support 8
Value equality for -0 and 0 No support 38 29.0 (29) No support No support 9
Constructor argument: new Set(null) ? (Yes) 37.0 (37) ? ? 8
Monkey-patched add() in Constructor ? (Yes) 37.0 (37) ? ? 9
Set[@@species] ? ? 41.0 (41) ? ? 10
Set() without new throws ? ? 42.0 (42) ? ? 9

[1] The feature was available behind a preference from Chrome 31. In chrome://flags, activate the entry “Enable Experimental JavaScript”.

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