Get the index of the object inside an array, matching a condition

Get the index of the object inside an array, matching a condition

I have an array like this:

How can I get the index of the object that matches a condition, without iterating over the entire array?
For instance, given prop2==”yutu”, I want to get index 1.
I saw .indexOf() but think it’s used for simple arrays like [“a1″,”a2”,…]. I also checked $.grep() but this returns objects, not the index.


Solution 1:

As of 2016, you’re supposed to use Array.findIndex (an ES2015/ES6 standard) for this:

a = [
index = a.findIndex(x => x.prop2 ==="yutu");


It’s supported in Google Chrome, Firefox and Edge. For Internet Explorer, there’s a polyfill on the linked page.

Performance note

Function calls are expensive, therefore with really big arrays a simple loop will perform much better than findIndex:

let test = [];

for (let i = 0; i < 1e6; i++)
    test.push({prop: i});

let search = test.length - 1;
let count = 100;

console.time('findIndex/predefined function');
    let fn = obj => obj.prop === search;

    for (let i = 0; i < count; i++)
console.timeEnd('findIndex/predefined function');

console.time('findIndex/dynamic function');
    for (let i = 0; i < count; i++)
        test.findIndex(obj => obj.prop === search);
console.timeEnd('findIndex/dynamic function');

    for (let i = 0; i < count; i++) {
        for (let index = 0; index < test.length; index++) {
            if (test[index].prop === search) {

As with most optimizations, this should be applied with care and only when actually needed.

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Solution 2:

How can I get the index of the object tha match a condition (without iterate along the array)?

You cannot, something has to iterate through the array (at least once).

If the condition changes a lot, then you’ll have to loop through and look at the objects therein to see if they match the condition. However, on a system with ES5 features (or if you install a shim), that iteration can be done fairly concisely:

var index;
yourArray.some(function(entry, i) {
    if (entry.prop2 == "yutu") {
        index = i;
        return true;

That uses the new(ish) Array#some function, which loops through the entries in the array until the function you give it returns true. The function I’ve given it saves the index of the matching entry, then returns true to stop the iteration.

Or of course, just use a for loop. Your various iteration options are covered in this other answer.

But if you’re always going to be using the same property for this lookup, and if the property values are unique, you can loop just once and create an object to map them:

var prop2map = {};
yourArray.forEach(function(entry) {
    prop2map[entry.prop2] = entry;

(Or, again, you could use a for loop or any of your other options.)

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Then if you need to find the entry with prop2 = "yutu", you can do this:

var entry = prop2map["yutu"];

I call this “cross-indexing” the array. Naturally, if you remove or add entries (or change their prop2 values), you need to update your mapping object as well.

Solution 3:

What TJ Crowder said, everyway will have some kind of hidden iteration, with lodash this becomes:

var index = _.findIndex(array, {prop2: 'yutu'})

Solution 4:

var index;
yourArray.some(function (elem, i) {
    return elem.prop2 === 'yutu' ? (index = i, true) : false;

Iterate over all elements of array.
It returns either the index and true or false if the condition does not match.

Important is the explicit return value of true (or a value which boolean result is true). The single assignment is not sufficient, because of a possible index with 0 (Boolean(0) === false), which would not result an error but disables the break of the iteration.


An even shorter version of the above:

yourArray.some(function (elem, i) {
    return elem.prop2 === 'yutu' && ~(index = i);

Solution 5:

var CarId = 23;

//x.VehicleId property to match in the object array
var carIndex = (x) { return x.VehicleId; }).indexOf(CarId);

Solution 6:

You can use the Array.prototype.some() in the following way (as mentioned in the other answers):

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function findIndexInData(data, property, value) {
    var result = -1;
    data.some(function (item, i) {
        if (item[property] === value) {
            result = i;
            return true;
    return result;
var data = [{prop1:"abc",prop2:"qwe"},{prop1:"bnmb",prop2:"yutu"},{prop1:"zxvz",prop2:"qwrq"}]

alert(findIndexInData(data, 'prop2', "yutu")); // shows index of 1