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JavaScript | symbol.valueOf() function

  • Last Updated : 29 Oct, 2021

The symbol.valueOf() is an inbuilt function in JavaScript which is used to return the primitive value of a given symbol object.

Syntax:

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Symbol().valueOf();

Here Symbol() is the symbol object whose primitive value is to be found.

Parameters: This function does not take any parameter.



Return value: This function returns the primitive value of the given symbol object.

JavaScript code to show the working of this function.
Example-1:




<script>
    // Some symbol objects are created
    const symbol1 = Symbol('Geeks');
    const symbol2 = Symbol("Geeks");
    const symbol3 = Symbol(123);
    const symbol4 = Symbol();
  
    // Calling the symbol.valueOf() function
    var result1 = symbol1.valueOf();
    var result2 = symbol2.valueOf();
    var result3 = symbol3.valueOf();
    var result4 = symbol4.valueOf();
  
    // Getting the primitive value 
    console.log(result1);
    console.log(result2);
    console.log(result3);
    console.log(result4);
</script>

Output:

> Symbol(Geeks)
> Symbol(Geeks)
> Symbol(123)
> Symbol()

Example-2:




<script>
    // Some symbol objects are created
    const symbol1 = Symbol('Geeks' + 'for' + 'Geeks');
    const symbol2 = Symbol(2+3);
    const symbol3 = Symbol(10/5);
    const symbol4 = Symbol(1, 2, 3);
  
    // Calling the symbol.valueOf() function
    var result1 = symbol1.valueOf();
    var result2 = symbol2.valueOf();
    var result3 = symbol3.valueOf();
    var result4 = symbol4.valueOf();
  
    // Getting the primitive value 
    console.log(result1);
    console.log(result2);
    console.log(result3);
    console.log(result4);
</script>

Output:

> Symbol(GeeksforGeeks)
> Symbol(5)
> Symbol(2)
> Symbol(1)

In the above code, it can be seen that the parameter of symbol object should be a single parameter otherwise it considers the first element as the parameter and remaining are discarded. If the parameter is an arithmetic operation then it considers them as the result of the operation as the parameter.

Supported Browser:

  • Chrome 38 and above
  • Edge 12 and above
  • Firefox 36 and above
  • Opera 25 and above
  • Safari 9 and above

Reference: https://devdocs.io/javascript/global_objects/symbol/valueof




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