For-each over an array in JavaScript

Asked : Nov 17

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How can I loop through all the entries in an array using JavaScript?

I thought it was something like this:

forEach(instance in theArray)

Where theArray is my array, but this seems to be incorrect.

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3 Answers


Your best bets are usually

  • a for-of loop (ES2015+ only; spec | MDN) - simple and async-friendly
  • forEach (ES5+ only; spec | MDN) (or its relatives some and such) - not async-friendly (but see details)
  • a simple old-fashioned for loop - async-friendly
  • (rarely) for-in with safeguards - async-friendly

Some quick "don't"s:

  • Don't use for-in unless you use it with safeguards or are at least aware of why it might bite you.
  • Don't use map if you're not using its return value.
    (There's sadly someone out there teaching map [spec / MDN] as though it were forEach — but as I write on my blog, that's not what it's for. If you aren't using the array it creates, don't use map.)
  • Don't use forEach if the callback does asynchronous work and you want the forEach to wait until that work is done (because it won't).
for (const propertyName in theArray) {
    if (/* an array element property (see below)...*/) {
        const element = theArray[propertyName];
        // ...use `element`...
for (let index = 0; index < theArray.length; ++index) {
    const element = theArray[index];
    // ...use `element`...
theArray.forEach(element => {
    // ...use `element`...
for (const element of theArray) {
    // ...use `element`...

answered Dec 31

Don't use Array.forEach, use for() instead

Array.ForEach is about 95% slower than for() in for each for Arrays in JavaScript.

So, don't use:

arr.forEach(function (item) {


for (var i = 0, len = arr.length; i < len; i++) {

answered Dec 31

JavaScript Array forEach()

Definition and Usage

The forEach() method calls a function for each element in an array.

The forEach() the method is not executed for empty elements.


array.forEach(function(currentValue, index, arr), thisValue)

Example 1

Calls a function for each element in fruits:

const fruits = ["apple", "orange", "cherry"];

answered Dec 31

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