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Het JavaScript Matrix-object is een globaal object dat wordt gebruikt bij de constructie van arrays; die lijstachtige objecten op hoog niveau zijn.

Maak een matrix aan

var fruit = ["Appel", "Banaan"];

// 2

Toegang tot (indexeren in) een Matrix-item

var eerste = fruit[0];
// Appel

var laatste = fruit[fruit.length - 1];
// Banaan

Bekijk de matrixs

fruit.forEach(function (item, index, array) {
  console.log(item, index);
// Appel 0
// Banaan 1

Toevoegen op het eind van de matrix

var nieuweLengte = fruit.push("Sinaasappel");
// ["Appel", "Banaan", "Sinaasappel"]

Verwijder op het eind van de matrix

var laatste = fruit.pop(); // verwijder de Sinaasappel op het eind
// ["Appel", "Banaan"];

Verwijder van de eerste plaats van een matrix

var eerste = fruit.shift(); // verwijder appel van de eerste plaats
// ["Banaan"];

Voeg toe aan de eerste plaats van een matrix

var nieuweLengte = fruit.unshift("Aardbei") // voeg de aarbei toe op de eerste plaats
// ["Aardbei", "Banaan"];

Zoek de index van een item in de matrix

// ["Aardbei", "Banaan", "Mango"]

var positie = fruit.indexOf("Banaan");
// 1

Verwijder een item van de indexpositie

var verwijderItem = fruit.splice(positie, 1); // hiermee kan je een item verwijderen
// ["Aardbei", "Mango"]

Kopieer een matrix

var Kopie = fruit.slice(); // hiermee maak je een kopie van de matrix
// ["Aardbei", "Mango"]


[element0, element1, ..., elementN]
new Array(element0, element1[, ...[, elementN]])
new Array(arrayLength)
Een JavaScript-matrix wordt geïnitialiseerd met de gegeven elementen, behalve in het geval dat een enkel argument wordt doorgegeven aan de Array-constructor en dat argument een getal is. (Zie hieronder.) Merk op dat dit speciale geval alleen van toepassing is op JavaScript-arrays die zijn gemaakt met de Array-constructor, niet op array-literals die zijn gemaakt met de haakjesyntaxis.
Als het enige argument dat aan de constructor Array is doorgegeven, een geheel getal tussen 0 en 232-1 (inclusief) is, retourneert dit een nieuwe JavaScript-array waarvan de lengte is ingesteld op dat aantal. Als het argument een ander getal is, wordt er een uitzondering RangeError gegenereerd.


Arrays zijn lijstachtige objecten waarvan het prototype methoden heeft om traversale en mutatiebewerkingen uit te voeren. Nog de lengte van een JavaScript-array, nog de typen elementen zijn vast. Aangezien de lengte van een array op elk moment groter of kleiner wordt, is het niet gegarandeerd dat JavaScript-arrays dicht zijn. Over het algemeen zijn dit handige kenmerken; maar als deze functies niet wenselijk zijn voor uw specifieke gebruik, kunt u overwegen om getypte arrays te gebruiken.

Sommige mensen denken dat je een array niet als associatieve array moet gebruiken. In ieder geval kunt u in plaats daarvan gewone objects gebruiken, hoewel dit zijn eigen kanttekeningen bevat. Zie de post Lightweight JavaScript-woordenboeken met willekeurige sleutels als voorbeeld.

Toegang tot matrixelementen

JavaScript-arrays zijn nul-geïndexeerd: het eerste element van een array staat op index 0 en het laatste element staat op de index die gelijk is aan de waarde van de eigenschap length van de array min 1.

var arr = ['this is the first element', 'this is the second element'];
console.log(arr[0]);              // logs 'this is the first element'
console.log(arr[1]);              // logs 'this is the second element'
console.log(arr[arr.length - 1]); // logs 'this is the second element'

Array elements are object properties in the same way that toString is a property, but trying to access an element of an array as follows throws a syntax error, because the property name is not valid:

console.log(arr.0); // a syntax error

There is nothing special about JavaScript arrays and the properties that cause this. JavaScript properties that begin with a digit cannot be referenced with dot notation; and must be accessed using bracket notation. For example, if you had an object with a property named '3d', it can only be referenced using bracket notation. E.g.:

var years = [1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010];
console.log(years.0);   // a syntax error
console.log(years[0]);  // works properly
renderer.3d.setTexture(model, 'character.png');     // a syntax error
renderer['3d'].setTexture(model, 'character.png');  // works properly

Note that in the 3d example, '3d' had to be quoted. It's possible to quote the JavaScript array indexes as well (e.g., years['2'] instead of years[2]), although it's not necessary. The 2 in years[2] is coerced into a string by the JavaScript engine through an implicit toString conversion. It is for this reason that '2' and '02' would refer to two different slots on the years object and the following example could be true:

console.log(years['2'] != years['02']);

Similarly, object properties which happen to be reserved words(!) can only be accessed as string literals in bracket notation(but it can be accessed by dot notation in firefox 40.0a2 at least):

var promise = {
  'var'  : 'text',
  'array': [1, 2, 3, 4]


Relationship between length and numerical properties

A JavaScript array's length property and numerical properties are connected. Several of the built-in array methods (e.g., join, slice, indexOf, etc.) take into account the value of an array's length property when they're called. Other methods (e.g., push, splice, etc.) also result in updates to an array's length property.

var fruits = [];
fruits.push('banana', 'apple', 'peach');

console.log(fruits.length); // 3

When setting a property on a JavaScript array when the property is a valid array index and that index is outside the current bounds of the array, the engine will update the array's length property accordingly:

fruits[5] = 'mango';
console.log(fruits[5]); // 'mango'
console.log(Object.keys(fruits));  // ['0', '1', '2', '5']
console.log(fruits.length); // 6

Increasing the length.

fruits.length = 10;
console.log(Object.keys(fruits)); // ['0', '1', '2', '5']
console.log(fruits.length); // 10

Decreasing the length property does, however, delete elements.

fruits.length = 2;
console.log(Object.keys(fruits)); // ['0', '1']
console.log(fruits.length); // 2

This is explained further on the Array.length page.

Creating an array using the result of a match

The result of a match between a regular expression and a string can create a JavaScript array. This array has properties and elements which provide information about the match. Such an array is returned by RegExp.exec, String.match, and String.replace. To help explain these properties and elements, look at the following example and then refer to the table below:

// Match one d followed by one or more b's followed by one d
// Remember matched b's and the following d
// Ignore case

var myRe = /d(b+)(d)/i;
var myArray = myRe.exec('cdbBdbsbz');

The properties and elements returned from this match are as follows:

Property/Element Description Example
input A read-only property that reflects the original string against which the regular expression was matched. cdbBdbsbz
index A read-only property that is the zero-based index of the match in the string. 1
[0] A read-only element that specifies the last matched characters. dbBd
[1], ...[n] Read-only elements that specify the parenthesized substring matches, if included in the regular expression. The number of possible parenthesized substrings is unlimited. [1]: bB
[2]: d


The Array constructor's length property whose value is 1.
Allows the addition of properties to all array objects.


Creates a new Array instance from an array-like or iterable object.
Returns true if a variable is an array, if not false.
Asynchronously observes changes to Arrays, similar to Object.observe() for objects. It provides a stream of changes in order of occurrence.
Creates a new Array instance with a variable number of arguments, regardless of number or type of the arguments.

Array instances

All Array instances inherit from Array.prototype. The prototype object of the Array constructor can be modified to affect all Array instances.



Mutator methods

Accessor methods

Iteration methods

Array generic methods

Array generics are non-standard, deprecated and will get removed near future. Note that you can not rely on them cross-browser. However, there is a shim available on GitHub.

Sometimes you would like to apply array methods to strings or other array-like objects (such as function arguments). By doing this, you treat a string as an array of characters (or otherwise treat a non-array as an array). For example, in order to check that every character in the variable str is a letter, you would write:

function isLetter(character) {
  return character >= 'a' && character <= 'z';

if (, isLetter)) {
  console.log("The string '" + str + "' contains only letters!");

This notation is rather wasteful and JavaScript 1.6 introduced a generic shorthand:

if (Array.every(str, isLetter)) {
  console.log("The string '" + str + "' contains only letters!");

Generics are also available on String.

These are not part of ECMAScript standards (though the ES6 Array.from() can be used to achieve this). The following is a shim to allow its use in all browsers:

// Assumes Array extras already present (one may use polyfills for these as well)
(function() {
  'use strict';

  var i,
    // We could also build the array of methods with the following, but the
    //   getOwnPropertyNames() method is non-shimable:
    // Object.getOwnPropertyNames(Array).filter(function(methodName) {
    //   return typeof Array[methodName] === 'function'
    // });
    methods = [
      'join', 'reverse', 'sort', 'push', 'pop', 'shift', 'unshift',
      'splice', 'concat', 'slice', 'indexOf', 'lastIndexOf',
      'forEach', 'map', 'reduce', 'reduceRight', 'filter',
      'some', 'every', 'find', 'findIndex', 'entries', 'keys',
      'values', 'copyWithin', 'includes'
    methodCount = methods.length,
    assignArrayGeneric = function(methodName) {
      if (!Array[methodName]) {
        var method = Array.prototype[methodName];
        if (typeof method === 'function') {
          Array[methodName] = function() {
            return, arguments);

  for (i = 0; i < methodCount; i++) {


Creating an array

The following example creates an array, msgArray, with a length of 0, then assigns values to msgArray[0] and msgArray[99], changing the length of the array to 100.

var msgArray = [];
msgArray[0] = 'Hello';
msgArray[99] = 'world';

if (msgArray.length === 100) {
  console.log('The length is 100.');

Creating a two-dimensional array

The following creates a chess board as a two dimensional array of strings. The first move is made by copying the 'p' in (6,4) to (4,4). The old position (6,4) is made blank.

var board = [ 
  [' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' '],
  [' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' '],
  [' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' '],
  [' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' ',' '],
  ['r','n','b','q','k','b','n','r'] ];

console.log(board.join('\n') + '\n\n');

// Move King's Pawn forward 2
board[4][4] = board[6][4];
board[6][4] = ' ';

Here is the output:

 , , , , , , , 
 , , , , , , , 
 , , , , , , , 
 , , , , , , , 

 , , , , , , , 
 , , , , , , , 
 , , , ,p, , , 
 , , , , , , , 
p,p,p,p, ,p,p,p


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 1st Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array' in that specification.
Standard New methods added: Array.isArray, indexOf, lastIndexOf, every, some, forEach, map, filter, reduce, reduceRight
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array' in that specification.
Standard New methods added: Array.from, Array.of, find, findIndex, fill, copyWithin
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array' in that specification.
Draft New method added: Array.prototype.includes()

Browser compatibility

We're converting our compatibility data into a machine-readable JSON format. This compatibility table still uses the old format, because we haven't yet converted the data it contains. Find out how you can help!
Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

See also