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The Map object holds key-value pairs. Any value (both objects and primitive values) may be used as either a key or a value.


new Map([iterable])


An Array or other iterable object whose elements are key-value pairs (arrays with two elements, e.g. [[ 1, 'one' ],[ 2, 'two' ]]). Each key-value pair is added to the new Map; null values are treated as undefined.


A Map object iterates its elements in insertion order — a for...of loop returns an array of [key, value] for each iteration.

It should be noted that a Map which is a map of an object, especially a dictionary of dictionaries, will only map to the object's insertion order—which is random and not ordered.

Key equality

Key equality is based on the "SameValueZero" algorithm: NaN is considered the same as NaN (even though NaN !== NaN) and all other values are considered equal according to the semantics of the === operator. In the current ECMAScript specification -0 and +0 are considered equal, although this was not so in earlier drafts. See "Value equality for -0 and 0" in the browser compatibility table for details.

Objects and maps compared

Objects are similar to Maps in that both let you set keys to values, retrieve those values, delete keys, and detect whether something is stored at a key. Because of this (and because there were no built-in alternatives), Objects have been used as Maps historically; however, there are important differences that make using a Map preferable in certain cases:

  • The keys of an Object are Strings and Symbols, whereas they can be any value for a Map, including functions, objects, and any primitive.
  • You can get the size of a Map easily with the size property, while the number of properties in an Object must be determined manually.
  • A Map is an iterable and can thus be directly iterated, whereas iterating over an Object requires obtaining its keys in some fashion and iterating over them.
  • An Object has a prototype, so there are default keys in the map that could collide with your keys if you're not careful. As of ES5 this can be bypassed by using map = Object.create(null), but this is seldom done.
  • Map may be perform better in scenarios involving frequent addition and removal of key pairs.


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

Map instances

All Map instances inherit from Map.prototype.


Returns the function that created an instance's prototype. This is the Map function by default.
Returns the number of key/value pairs in the Map object.


Removes all key/value pairs from the Map object.
Removes any value associated to the key and returns the value that Map.prototype.has(key) would have previously returned. Map.prototype.has(key) will return false afterwards.
Returns a new Iterator object that contains an array of [key, value] for each element in the Map object in insertion order.
Map.prototype.forEach(callbackFn[, thisArg])
Calls callbackFn once for each key-value pair present in the Map object, in insertion order. If a thisArg parameter is provided to forEach, it will be used as the this value for each callback.
Returns the value associated to the key, or undefined if there is none.
Returns a boolean asserting whether a value has been associated to the key in the Map object or not.
Returns a new Iterator object that contains the keys for each element in the Map object in insertion order.
Map.prototype.set(key, value)
Sets the value for the key in the Map object. Returns the Map object.
Returns a new Iterator object that contains the values for each element in the Map object in insertion order.
Returns a new Iterator object that contains an array of [key, value] for each element in the Map object in insertion order.


Using the Map object

var myMap = new Map();

var keyString = 'a string',
    keyObj = {},
    keyFunc = function() {};

// setting the values
myMap.set(keyString, "value associated with 'a string'");
myMap.set(keyObj, 'value associated with keyObj');
myMap.set(keyFunc, 'value associated with keyFunc');

myMap.size; // 3

// getting the values
myMap.get(keyString);    // "value associated with 'a string'"
myMap.get(keyObj);       // "value associated with keyObj"
myMap.get(keyFunc);      // "value associated with keyFunc"

myMap.get('a string');   // "value associated with 'a string'"
                         // because keyString === 'a string'
myMap.get({});           // undefined, because keyObj !== {}
myMap.get(function() {}) // undefined, because keyFunc !== function () {}

Using NaN as Map keys

NaN can also be used as a key. Even though every NaN is not equal to itself (NaN !== NaN is true), the following example works because NaNs are indistinguishable from each other:

var myMap = new Map();
myMap.set(NaN, 'not a number');

myMap.get(NaN); // "not a number"

var otherNaN = Number('foo');
myMap.get(otherNaN); // "not a number"

Iterating Maps with for..of

Maps can be iterated using a for..of loop:

var myMap = new Map();
myMap.set(0, 'zero');
myMap.set(1, 'one');
for (var [key, value] of myMap) {
  console.log(key + ' = ' + value);
// 0 = zero
// 1 = one

for (var key of myMap.keys()) {
// 0
// 1

for (var value of myMap.values()) {
// zero
// one

for (var [key, value] of myMap.entries()) {
  console.log(key + ' = ' + value);
// 0 = zero
// 1 = one

Iterating Maps with forEach()

Maps can be iterated using the forEach() method:

myMap.forEach(function(value, key) {
  console.log(key + ' = ' + value);
// Will show 2 logs; first with "0 = zero" and second with "1 = one"

Relation with Array objects

var kvArray = [['key1', 'value1'], ['key2', 'value2']];

// Use the regular Map constructor to transform a 2D key-value Array into a map
var myMap = new Map(kvArray);

myMap.get('key1'); // returns "value1"

// Use the Array.from function to transform a map into a 2D key-value Array
console.log(Array.from(myMap)); // Will show you exactly the same Array as kvArray

// Or use the keys or values iterators and convert them to an array
console.log(Array.from(myMap.keys())); // Will show ["key1", "key2"]


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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic Support38121311257.1
new Map(iterable)381213 No259
new Map(null) (Yes)123711 (Yes)9
Map() without new throws (Yes)124211 (Yes)9
Key equality for -0 and 0381229 No259
entries381220 No257.1
keys381220 No257.1
values381220 No257.1
@@iterator (Yes) (Yes)

17 — 272

27 — 363 4


No (Yes) (Yes)
@@species511341 No3810
@@toStringTag44 No No No No No
FeatureAndroidChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic Support3838121411258
new Map(iterable)38381214 No259
new Map(null) (Yes) (Yes)123711 (Yes)9
Map() without new throws (Yes) (Yes)124211 (Yes)9
Key equality for -0 and 038381229 No259
entries38381220 No258
keys38381220 No258
values38381220 No258
@@iterator (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

17 — 272

27 — 363 4


No (Yes) (Yes)
@@species51511341 No3810
@@toStringTag4444 No No No No No

1. From Firefox 13 to Firefox 18, the size property was implemented as a Map.prototype.size() method, this has been changed to a property in later versions conform to the ECMAScript 2015 specification.

2. Supported as iterator.

3. A placeholder property named @@iterator is used.

4. Supported as @@iterator.

5. The @@iterator symbol is implemented.

See also