JavaScript Glossary - Lesson #4

JavaScript Array .filter() Method

The filter() method returns an array containing elements of the parent array that match the set test. A function containing a test is passed as an argument to the filter method. To keep an element the test function should return true and false to discard an element.

[10, 2, 5, 100, 8].filter((number)=> number < 20) // filter array for numbers less than 20
// We have an array with numbers
const numbers = [2, 4, 6, 8, 32, 100]

// Create function to filter any array
const functionToFilterNumbers = function(number){
    return number > 5;

// Filter the 'numbers' array
const filtered = numbers.filter(functionToFilterNumbers)

//Display filtered array
console.log(filtered) // [6,8,32,100]

The filter method:

  • Will take a test function
  • Returns a new array containing the elements that matches the set test
  • Returns an empty array if there are no matches
const filteredArray = oldArray.filter(callbackFunction(element[,index[,array]])[, thisArg])

callbackFunction The function that executes each of the elements of the array. The callback function is required and can take three parameters - required.

element This is the element currently being executed - required.

index This is the index of the current item - optional.

array This is the array that is currently being processed - optional.

thisArg This is an argument passed to be used as the this value in the callback - optional

A new array is returned and this doesn't change the value of the old array.

// create an array
const names = ['John', 'Peter', 'James', 'Pammy'];

// Filter the array for names having 'am'
const myName = names.filter(name => name.includes('am'));

// Output new array

Processing an array of numbers and returning the numbers that are within a set range. e.g: Checking if a person is old enough to watch the Deadpool movie.

// Create new array
const ages = [14, 12, 18, 21, 10];

// filter array for numbers in a range
const canSeeDeadpool = ages.filter(function(age){
  return age >= 18;

// display new filtered array
console.log(canSeeDeadpool); // [18,21]

The .filter() method can be used to filter an array of objects which share a similar property. E.g Getting the students that passed a set.

// Create array of students
const students = [
    name: 'Peter',
    score: 50
    name: 'Sarah',
    score: 40
    name: 'Andy',
    score: 33
    name: 'Grace',
    score: 60

// Filter array for students who passed a score from 50 and above
const studentsThatPassed = students.filter(function(student){
  return student.score >= 50

// Display new students in an array
console.log(studentsThatPassed) // [{"name":"Peter","score":50},{"name":"Grace","score":60}]

Another use of the .filter() method is filter out array entries beyond a particular array index.

// Create array of continents
const places = ['Africa', 'Asia', 'Europe', 'Australia'];

// Filter array for continents beyond the array index of 1
const overIndex = places.filter(function(place, index){
  return index > 1;

// Display new Array
console.log(overIndex); // ["Europe","Australia"]

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