The Symbol.iterator well-known symbol specifies the default iterator for an object. Used by for...of.

Property attributes of Symbol.iterator
Writable no
Enumerable no
Configurable no

Description

Whenever an object needs to be iterated (such as at the beginning of a for..of loop), its @@iterator method is called with no arguments, and the returned iterator is used to obtain the values to be iterated.

Some built-in types have a default iteration behavior, while other types (such as Object) do not. The built-in types with a @@iterator method are:

See also Iteration protocols for more information.

Examples

User-defined iterables

We can make our own iterables like this:

var myIterable = {}
myIterable[Symbol.iterator] = function* () {
    yield 1;
    yield 2;
    yield 3;
};
[...myIterable] // [1, 2, 3]

Non-well-formed iterables

If an iterable's @@iterator method does not return an iterator object, then it is a non-well-formed iterable. Using it as such is likely to result in runtime exceptions or buggy behavior:

var nonWellFormedIterable = {}
nonWellFormedIterable[Symbol.iterator] = () => 1
[...nonWellFormedIterable] // TypeError: [] is not a function

Specifications

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

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Basic supportChrome Full support 43Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 36IE No support NoOpera Full support 30Safari Full support 10WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 36Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support 10Samsung Internet Android Full support Yesnodejs Full support 0.12

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