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map function for objects (instead of arrays)


Question

I have an object:

myObject = { 'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3 }

I am looking for a native method, similar to Array.prototype.map that would be used as follows:

newObject = myObject.map(function (value, label) {
    return value * value;
});

// newObject is now { 'a': 1, 'b': 4, 'c': 9 }

Does JavaScript have such a map function for objects? (I want this for Node.JS, so I don't care about cross-browser issues.)

2016/02/07
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2/7/2016 10:01:11 PM

Accepted Answer

There is no native map to the Object object, but how about this:

var myObject = { 'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3 };

Object.keys(myObject).map(function(key, index) {
  myObject[key] *= 2;
});

console.log(myObject);
// => { 'a': 2, 'b': 4, 'c': 6 }

But you could easily iterate over an object using for ... in:

var myObject = { 'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3 };

for (var key in myObject) {
  if (myObject.hasOwnProperty(key)) {
    myObject[key] *= 2;
  }
}

console.log(myObject);
// { 'a': 2, 'b': 4, 'c': 6 }

Update

A lot of people are mentioning that the previous methods do not return a new object, but rather operate on the object itself. For that matter I wanted to add another solution that returns a new object and leaves the original object as it is:

var myObject = { 'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3 };

// returns a new object with the values at each key mapped using mapFn(value)
function objectMap(object, mapFn) {
  return Object.keys(object).reduce(function(result, key) {
    result[key] = mapFn(object[key])
    return result
  }, {})
}

var newObject = objectMap(myObject, function(value) {
  return value * 2
})

console.log(newObject);
// => { 'a': 2, 'b': 4, 'c': 6 }

console.log(myObject);
// => { 'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3 }

Array.prototype.reduce reduces an array to a single value by somewhat merging the previous value with the current. The chain is initialized by an empty object {}. On every iteration a new key of myObject is added with twice the key as the value.

Update

With new ES6 features, there is a more elegant way to express objectMap.

const objectMap = (obj, fn) =>
  Object.fromEntries(
    Object.entries(obj).map(
      ([k, v], i) => [k, fn(v, k, i)]
    )
  )
  
const myObject = { a: 1, b: 2, c: 3 }

console.log(objectMap(myObject, v => 2 * v)) 

2019/11/24
1655
11/24/2019 11:26:36 AM

How about a one liner with immediate variable assignment in plain JS (ES6 / ES2015) ?

Making use of spread operator and computed key name syntax:

let newObj = Object.assign({}, ...Object.keys(obj).map(k => ({[k]: obj[k] * obj[k]})));

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Another version using reduce:

let newObj = Object.keys(obj).reduce((p, c) => ({...p, [c]: obj[c] * obj[c]}), {});

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First example as a function:

const oMap = (o, f) => Object.assign({}, ...Object.keys(o).map(k => ({ [k]: f(o[k]) })));

// To square each value you can call it like this:
let mappedObj = oMap(myObj, (x) => x * x);

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If you want to map a nested object recursively in a functional style, it can be done like this:

const sqrObjRecursive = obj =>
  Object.keys(obj).reduce(
    (newObj, key) =>
      obj[key] && typeof obj[key] === "object"
        ? { ...newObj, [key]: sqrObjRecursive(obj[key]) } // recurse.
        : { ...newObj, [key]: obj[key] * obj[key] }, // square val.
    {}
  );       

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Or more imperatively, like this:

const sqrObjRecursive = obj => {
  Object.keys(obj).forEach(key => {
    if (typeof obj[key] === "object") obj[key] = sqrObjRecursive(obj[key]);
    else obj[key] = obj[key] * obj[key];
  });
  return obj;
};

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Since ES7 / ES2016 you can use Object.entries() instead of Object.keys() e.g. like this:

let newObj = Object.assign({}, ...Object.entries(obj).map(([k, v]) => ({[k]: v * v})));

ES2019 introduced Object.fromEntries(), which simplifies this even more:

let newObj = Object.fromEntries(Object.entries(obj).map(([k, v]) => [k, v * v]));


Inherited properties and the prototype chain:

In some rare situation you may need to map a class-like object which holds properties of an inherited object on its prototype-chain. In such cases Object.keys() won't work, because Object.keys() does not enumerate inherited properties. If you need to map inherited properties, you should use for (key in myObj) {...}.

Here is an example of an object which inherits the properties of another object and how Object.keys() doesn't work in such scenario.

const obj1 = { 'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3}
const obj2 = Object.create(obj1);  // One of multiple ways to inherit an object in JS.

// Here you see how the properties of obj1 sit on the 'prototype' of obj2
console.log(obj2)  // Prints: obj2.__proto__ = { 'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3}

console.log(Object.keys(obj2));  // Prints: an empty Array.

for (key in obj2) {
  console.log(key);              // Prints: 'a', 'b', 'c'
}

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However, please do me a favor and avoid inheritance. :-)

2019/10/25

No native methods, but lodash#mapValues will do the job brilliantly

_.mapValues({ 'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3} , function(num) { return num * 3; });
// → { 'a': 3, 'b': 6, 'c': 9 }
2013/12/18

It's pretty easy to write one:

Object.map = function(o, f, ctx) {
    ctx = ctx || this;
    var result = {};
    Object.keys(o).forEach(function(k) {
        result[k] = f.call(ctx, o[k], k, o); 
    });
    return result;
}

with example code:

> o = { a: 1, b: 2, c: 3 };
> r = Object.map(o, function(v, k, o) {
     return v * v;
  });
> r
{ a : 1, b: 4, c: 9 }

NB: this version also allows you to (optionally) set the this context for the callback, just like the Array method.

EDIT - changed to remove use of Object.prototype, to ensure that it doesn't clash with any existing property named map on the object.

2016/08/08

You could use Object.keys and then forEach over the returned array of keys:

var myObject = { 'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 3 },
    newObject = {};
Object.keys(myObject).forEach(function (key) {
    var value = myObject[key];
    newObject[key] = value * value;
});

Or in a more modular fashion:

function map(obj, callback) {
    var result = {};
    Object.keys(obj).forEach(function (key) {
        result[key] = callback.call(obj, obj[key], key, obj);
    });
    return result;
}

newObject = map(myObject, function(x) { return x * x; });

Note that Object.keys returns an array containing only the object's own enumerable properties, thus it behaves like a for..in loop with a hasOwnProperty check.

2013/02/11

This is straight bs, and everyone in the JS community knows it. There should be this functionality:

const obj1 = {a:4, b:7};
const obj2 = Object.map(obj1, (k,v) => v + 5);

console.log(obj1); // {a:4, b:7}
console.log(obj2); // {a:9, b:12}

here is the naïve implementation:

Object.map = function(obj, fn, ctx){

    const ret = {};

    for(let k of Object.keys(obj)){
        ret[k] = fn.call(ctx || null, k, obj[k]);
    });

    return ret;
};

it is super annoying to have to implement this yourself all the time ;)

If you want something a little more sophisticated, that doesn't interfere with the Object class, try this:

let map = function (obj, fn, ctx) {
  return Object.keys(obj).reduce((a, b) => {
    a[b] = fn.call(ctx || null, b, obj[b]);
    return a;
  }, {});
};


const x = map({a: 2, b: 4}, (k,v) => {
    return v*2;
});

but it is safe to add this map function to Object, just don't add to Object.prototype.

Object.map = ... // fairly safe
Object.prototype.map ... // not ok
2019/04/05