jquery get variable type

By Sam Deering

To get the a variables type using jQuery there is a jQuery function called .type() which returns “array”, “string”, “number”, “function”, “object” etc… At first thoughts I thought it must be very similar to the typeOf() JavaScript function. But as you can see in it’s implementation it’s using tostring() and class2type() checks. Interesting.

type: function( obj ) {
		return obj == null ?
			String( obj ) :
			class2type[ ] || "object";

A closer look at the class2type object implementation.

var class2type = {
    "[object Array]": "array",
    "[object Boolean]": "boolean",
    "[object Date]": "date",
    "[object Function]": "function",
    "[object Number]": "number",
    "[object Object]": "object",
    "[object RegExp]": "regexp",
    "[object String]": "string"

Example use of jQuery.type() function.

var $forms = Array($('#register-form1'), $('#register-form2'), $('#register-form3'));
//output: array
  • Soren

    A much better way:

    var obj = new Array();
    var objectType =;

    “objectType” contains “[object Array]”.

    If you apply this function you can get just “Array”:

    var toType = function(obj)
    return ({})[a-z|A-Z]+)/)[1].toLowerCase()

    • jquery4u

      @Soren, thx for sharing

  • srawan verma

    fleg is very smoll dont see your fleg

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