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Metoda forEach() execută o funcție dată pentru fiecare element din array.


arr.forEach(callback[, thisArg])


Funcția care se va executa pe fiecare element.
Obiect care va fi folosit ca this la execuția callback.

Valoarea returnată



forEach execută funcția callback dată ca parametru o dată pentru fiecare element prezent în listă, în ordine crescătoare. Nu este invocată pentru indecși care au fost șterși sau ocoliți. Cu toate acestea, este executată pentru elemente care sunt prezente și au valoarea undefined.

callback este invocata cu trei argumente:

  • valoarea elementului
  • indexul elementului
  • arrayul care este parcurs

If a thisArg parameter is provided to forEach, it will be passed to callback when invoked, for use as its this value.  Otherwise, the value undefined will be passed for use as its this value.  The this value ultimately observable by callback is determined according to the usual rules for determining the this seen by a function.

The range of elements processed by forEach is set before the first invocation of callback. Elements that are appended to the array after the call to forEach begins will not be visited by callback. If the values of existing elements of the array are changed, the value passed to callback will be the value at the time forEach visits them; elements that are deleted before being visited are not visited.

Note: There is no way to stop or break a forEach loop. The solution is to use Array.every or Array.some. See example below.

forEach executes the callback function once for each array element; unlike every and some it, always returns the value undefined.


Example: Printing the contents of an array

The following code logs a line for each element in an array:

function logArrayElements(element, index, array) {
  console.log('a[' + index + '] = ' + element);

// Note ellision, there is no member at 2 so it isn't visited
[2, 5, , 9].forEach(logArrayElements);
// logs:
// a[0] = 2
// a[1] = 5
// a[3] = 9

Example: Breaking a loop

The following code uses Array.prototype.every to log the content of an array and stop when it reaches a value higher than the given THRESHOLD.

var THRESHOLD = 12;
var v = [5, 2, 16, 4, 3, 18, 20];
var res;

res = v.every(function(element, index, array) {
  console.log('element:', element);
  if (element >= THRESHOLD) {
    return false;

  return true;
console.log('res:', res);
// logs:
// element: 5
// element: 2
// element: 16
// res: false

res = v.some(function(element, index, array) {
  console.log('element:', element);
  if (element >= THRESHOLD) {
    return true;

  return false;
console.log('res:', res);
// logs:
// element: 5
// element: 2
// element: 16
// res: true

Example: An object copy function

The following code creates a copy of a given object. There are different ways to create a copy of an object, the following is just one way and is presented to explain how Array.prototype.forEach works by using ECMAScript 5 Object.* meta property functions.

function copy(o) {
  var copy = Object.create(Object.getPrototypeOf(o));
  var propNames = Object.getOwnPropertyNames(o);

  propNames.forEach(function(name) {
    var desc = Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor(o, name);
    Object.defineProperty(copy, name, desc);

  return copy;

var o1 = { a: 1, b: 2 };
var o2 = copy(o1); // o2 looks like o1 now


forEach was added to the ECMA-262 standard in the 5th edition; as such it may not be present in other implementations of the standard. You can work around this by inserting the following code at the beginning of your scripts, allowing use of forEach in implementations that don't natively support it.  This algorithm is exactly the one specified in ECMA-262, 5th edition, assuming Object and TypeError have their original values and that evaluates to the original value of

// Production steps of ECMA-262, Edition 5,
// Reference:
if (!Array.prototype.forEach) {

  Array.prototype.forEach = function(callback, thisArg) {

    var T, k;

    if (this == null) {
      throw new TypeError(' this is null or not defined');

    // 1. Let O be the result of calling ToObject passing the |this| value as the argument.
    var O = Object(this);

    // 2. Let lenValue be the result of calling the Get internal method of O with the argument "length".
    // 3. Let len be ToUint32(lenValue).
    var len = O.length >>> 0;

    // 4. If IsCallable(callback) is false, throw a TypeError exception.
    // See:
    if (typeof callback !== "function") {
      throw new TypeError(callback + ' is not a function');

    // 5. If thisArg was supplied, let T be thisArg; else let T be undefined.
    if (arguments.length > 1) {
      T = thisArg;

    // 6. Let k be 0
    k = 0;

    // 7. Repeat, while k < len
    while (k < len) {

      var kValue;

      // a. Let Pk be ToString(k).
      //   This is implicit for LHS operands of the in operator
      // b. Let kPresent be the result of calling the HasProperty internal method of O with argument Pk.
      //   This step can be combined with c
      // c. If kPresent is true, then
      if (k in O) {

        // i. Let kValue be the result of calling the Get internal method of O with argument Pk.
        kValue = O[k];

        // ii. Call the Call internal method of callback with T as the this value and
        // argument list containing kValue, k, and O., kValue, k, O);
      // d. Increase k by 1.
    // 8. return undefined


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array.prototype.forEach' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.6.
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array.prototype.forEach' in that specification.

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) 1.5 (1.8) 9 (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.8) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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