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The static keyword defines a static method for a class. Static methods aren't called on instances of the class. Instead, they're called on the class itself. These are often utility functions, such as functions to create or clone objects.

Syntax

static methodName() { ... }

Description

Static method calls are made directly on the class and are not callable on instances of the class. Static methods are often used to create utility functions.

Calling static methods

From another static method

In order to call a static method within another static method of the same class, you can use the this keyword.

class StaticMethodCall {
  static staticMethod() {
    return 'Static method has been called';
  }
  static anotherStaticMethod() {
    return this.staticMethod() + ' from another static method';
  }
}
StaticMethodCall.staticMethod(); 
// 'Static method has been called'

StaticMethodCall.anotherStaticMethod(); 
// 'Static method has been called from another static method'

From class constructor and other methods

Static methods are not directly accessible using the this keyword from non-static methods. You need to call them using the class name: CLASSNAME.STATIC_METHOD_NAME() or by calling the method as a property of the constructorthis.constructor.STATIC_METHOD_NAME().

class StaticMethodCall {
  constructor() {
    console.log(StaticMethodCall.staticMethod()); 
    // 'static method has been called.' 

    console.log(this.constructor.staticMethod()); 
    // 'static method has been called.' 
  }

  static staticMethod() {
    return 'static method has been called.';
  }
}

Examples

The following example demonstrates several things:

  1. How a static method is implemented on a class.
  2. That a class with a static member can be sub-classed.
  3. How a static method can and cannot be called.
class Triple {
  static triple(n) {
    if (n === undefined) {
      n = 1;
    }
    return n * 3;
  }
}

class BiggerTriple extends Triple {
  static triple(n) {
    return super.triple(n) * super.triple(n);
  }
}

console.log(Triple.triple());        // 3
console.log(Triple.triple(6));       // 18

var tp = new Triple();

console.log(BiggerTriple.triple(3));
// 81 (not affected by parent's instantiation)

console.log(tp.triple());
// 'tp.triple is not a function'.

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung InternetNode.js
Basic supportChrome Full support 49
Notes
Full support 49
Notes
Notes From Chrome 42 to 48 strict mode is required. Non-strict mode support can be enabled using the flag "Enable Experimental JavaScript".
Edge Full support 13Firefox Full support 45IE No support NoOpera Full support 36Safari Full support 9WebView Android ? Chrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support 13Firefox Android Full support 45Opera Android ? Safari iOS Full support 9Samsung Internet Android Full support Yesnodejs Full support 6.0.0
Full support 6.0.0
Full support 4.0.0
Disabled
Disabled From version 4.0.0: this feature is behind the --use_strict runtime flag.
Full support 5.0.0
Disabled
Disabled From version 5.0.0: this feature is behind the --harmony runtime flag.

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User must explicitly enable this feature.

See also

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