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The find() method returns a value of the first element in the array that satisfies the provided testing function. Otherwise undefined is returned.

function isBigEnough(element) {
  return element >= 15;

[12, 5, 8, 130, 44].find(isBigEnough); // 130

See also the findIndex() method, which returns the index of a found element in the array instead of its value.

If you need to find the position of an element or whether an element exists in an array, use Array.prototype.indexOf() or Array.prototype.includes().


arr.find(callback[, thisArg])


Function to execute on each value in the array, taking three arguments:
The current element being processed in the array.
The index of the current element being processed in the array.
The array find was called upon.
Optional. Object to use as this when executing callback.

Return value

A value in the array if an element passes the test; otherwise, undefined.


The find method executes the callback function once for each element present in the array until it finds one where callback returns a true value. If such an element is found, find immediately returns the value of that element. Otherwise, find returns undefined. callback is invoked only for indexes of the array which have assigned values; it is not invoked for indexes which have been deleted or which have never been assigned values.

callback is invoked with three arguments: the value of the element, the index of the element, and the Array object being traversed.

If a thisArg parameter is provided to find, it will be used as the this for each invocation of the callback. If it is not provided, then undefined is used.

find does not mutate the array on which it is called.

The range of elements processed by find is set before the first invocation of callback. Elements that are appended to the array after the call to find begins will not be visited by callback. If an existing, unvisited element of the array is changed by callback, its value passed to the visiting callback will be the value at the time that find visits that element's index; elements that are deleted are not visited.


Find an object in an array by one of its properties

var inventory = [
    {name: 'apples', quantity: 2},
    {name: 'bananas', quantity: 0},
    {name: 'cherries', quantity: 5}

function findCherries(fruit) { 
    return === 'cherries';

// { name: 'cherries', quantity: 5 }

Find a prime number in an array

The following example finds an element in the array that is a prime number (or returns undefined if there is no prime number).

function isPrime(element, index, array) {
  var start = 2;
  while (start <= Math.sqrt(element)) {
    if (element % start++ < 1) {
      return false;
  return element > 1;

console.log([4, 6, 8, 12].find(isPrime)); // undefined, not found
console.log([4, 5, 8, 12].find(isPrime)); // 5


This method has been added to the ECMAScript 2015 specification and may not be available in all JavaScript implementations yet. However, you can polyfill Array.prototype.find with the following snippet:

if (!Array.prototype.find) {
  Object.defineProperty(Array.prototype, "find", {
    value: function(predicate) {
     'use strict';
     if (this == null) {
       throw new TypeError('Array.prototype.find called on null or undefined');
     if (typeof predicate !== 'function') {
       throw new TypeError('predicate must be a function');
     var list = Object(this);
     var length = list.length >>> 0;
     var thisArg = arguments[1];
     var value;

     for (var i = 0; i < length; i++) {
       value = list[i];
       if (, value, i, list)) {
         return value;
     return undefined;

If you need to support truly obsolete JavaScript engines that don't support Object.defineProperty, it's best not to polyfill Array.prototype methods at all, as you can't make them non-enumerable.


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array.prototype.find' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript 2017 Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array.prototype.find' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Edge Opera Safari
Basic support 45.0 25.0 (25.0) No support 12 32.0 7.1
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Edge Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support No support 25.0 (25.0) No support 12 No support 8.0

See also