JavaScript Array Methods


JavaScript arrays are a central feature in web development, offering a wide range of functionalities. This comprehensive guide explores essential array methods, providing beginners with a thorough understanding and practical code examples.

Understanding JavaScript Arrays

Arrays in JavaScript are used to store multiple values in a single variable. This structure is ideal for managing collections of data of various types.

Creating an Array

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"];

This snippet demonstrates the creation of an array named fruits.

Accessing Array Elements

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let firstFruit = fruits[0]; console.log(firstFruit) //Outputs Apple

Elements in an array are accessed via their index, starting from 0.

Core Array Methods

Function Description
push() Adds one or more elements to the end of an array and returns the new length of the array.
pop() Removes the last element from an array and returns that element.
shift() Removes the first element from an array and returns that element.
unshift() Adds one or more elements to the beginning of an array and returns the new length of the array.
forEach() Executes a provided function once for each array element.
map() Creates a new array populated with the results of calling a provided function on every element in the calling array.
filter() Creates a new array with all elements that pass the test implemented by the provided function.
reduce() Applies a function against an accumulator and each element in the array (from left to right) to reduce it to a single value.
slice() Returns a shallow copy of a portion of an array into a new array object selected from start to end (end not included).
splice() Changes the contents of an array by removing or replacing existing elements and/or adding new elements in place.
find() Returns the value of the first element in the provided array that satisfies the provided testing function.
findIndex() Returns the index of the first element in the array that satisfies the provided testing function.
some() Tests whether at least one element in the array passes the test implemented by the provided function.
every() Tests whether all elements in the array pass the test implemented by the provided function.
includes() Determines whether an array includes a certain value among its entries, returning true or false as appropriate.
indexOf() Returns the first index at which a given element can be found in the array, or -1 if it is not present.
concat() Used to merge two or more arrays. This method does not change the existing arrays, but instead returns a new array.

Adding and Removing Elements


Adds elements to the end of an array.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; fruits.push("Date"); console.log(fruits) //Outputs Array["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry", "Date"]


Inserts elements at the beginning.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; fruits.unshift("Elderberry"); console.log(fruits) //Outputs Array["Elderberry", "Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]


Removes the last element.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let lastFruit = fruits.pop(); console.log(lastFruit) //Outputs Cherry console.log(fruits)//Outputs Array[ "Apple", "Banana"]


Eliminates the first element.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let firstFruitRemoved = fruits.shift(); console.log(firstFruitRemoved) //Outputs Apple console.log(fruits)//Outputs Array[ "Banana", "Cherry"]

Finding Elements


Finds the index of an element.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry", "Banana"]; let bananaIndex = fruits.indexOf("Banana"); console.log(bananaIndex) //Outputs 1


Checks if an element exists.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let hasApple = fruits.includes("Apple"); console.log(hasApple) // Outputs true

Iterating and Transforming


Executes a function for each element.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; fruits.forEach(item => console.log(item)); //Outputs Apple, Banana, Cherry


Creates a new array from applying a function.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let lengths = => item.length); console.log(lengths)//Outputs Array[ 5, 6, 6]


Generates a new array with elements that meet a condition.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let longFruits = fruits.filter(item => item.length > 5); console.log(longFruits)//Outputs Array[ "Banana", "Cherry"]


Reduces the array to a single value.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let totalLength = fruits.reduce((acc, item) => acc + item.length, 0); console.log(totalLength)//Outputs 17

Additional Methods


Fills all the elements with a static value.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; fruits.fill("Mango"); console.log(fruits)//Outputs Array [ "Mango", "Mango", "Mango" ]


Reverses the order of elements.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; fruits.reverse(); console.log(fruits)//Outputs Array[ "Cherry", "Banana", "Apple"]


Sorts the elements alphabetically or by a custom function.

let fruits = ["Cherry", "Apple", "Banana"]; fruits.sort(); console.log(fruits)//Outputs Array ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]


Adds/removes elements from an array.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; fruits.splice(2, 0, "Grape"); console.log(fruits)//Outputs Array [ "Apple", "Banana", "Grape", "Cherry" ]


Extracts a section of an array.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let someFruits = fruits.slice(1); console.log(someFruits)//Outputs Array [ "Banana", "Cherry"]


Merges two or more arrays.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let moreFruits = fruits.concat(["Kiwi", "Lemon"]); console.log(moreFruits)//Outputs ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry", "Kiwi", "Lemon"]


Creates a sorted copy of the array.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let sortedFruits = fruits.toSorted(); console.log(sortedFruits)//Outputs Array [ "Apple", "Banana", "Cherry" ]


Creates a copy with specified elements added/removed.

let fruits = ["Apple", "Banana", "Cherry"]; let splicedFruits = fruits.toSpliced(2, 1, "Grapefruit"); console.log(splicedFruits)//Outputs Array [ "Apple", "Banana", "Grapefruit" ]


Understanding and utilizing JavaScript array methods is crucial for efficient data manipulation. By mastering these methods, developers can significantly enhance their coding capabilities in JavaScript, paving the way for more advanced programming techniques.

Practice Your Knowledge

Which of the following array methods can be used in JavaScript to add and remove elements from an array?

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