JavaScript: Object.prototype

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Object.prototype is the value of the property key "prototype" of the Object object.

〔►see JavaScript: Object Object

console.log( Object.hasOwnProperty ( "prototype" ) ); // true

Type of Object.prototype is object. That is, same type as {}.

〔►see JavaScript: Data Types

// type of Object.prototype
console.log ( typeof Object.prototype === "object" ); // true
console.log ( Object.prototype ) === "[object Object]" ) // true

Object.prototype is the root parent of all standard objects.

Parent of Object.prototype is null.

// parent of Object.prototype
console.log ( Object.getPrototypeOf ( Object.prototype ) === null ); // true

〔►see JavaScript: Prototype and Inheritance

All standard objects inherit from Object.prototype. So, for any property key k of Object.prototype, you can access it by obj.k where obj is any object. If the object obj has k as its own property, the own property is used.




Value is the function object Object.

〔►see JavaScript: Property Key "constructor"

〔►see JavaScript: Object Object

console.log(Object.prototype.constructor === Object); // true
console.log({}.constructor === Object); // true


〔►see JavaScript: Object.prototype.hasOwnProperty


〔►see JavaScript: Object.prototype.isPrototypeOf


〔►see JavaScript: Object.prototype.propertyIsEnumerable


〔►see JavaScript: Object.prototype.toString


ECMAScript 2015 §Fundamental Objects#sec-object.prototype.tolocalestring


〔►see JavaScript: Object.prototype.valueOf


ECMAScript 2015 §Fundamental Objects#sec-object.prototype

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  3. JavaScript: Prototype and Inheritance
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  5. JavaScript: Object Literal Expression
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