How to reverse an array in JavaScript

by Janeth Kent Date: 11-08-2021 javascript

In this tutorial we are going to see how you can change the order of the elements of an array so that they are inverted. You could use a loop and reverse the array manually, but as we will see, in JavaScript there are much faster ways to achieve our goal:

To start, let's start from the following array which we'll call 'letters':

const letters = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd','e'];

How to reverse the array itself


An effective method of reversion could be to use the reverse() method, which will alter the array itself on which it is executed. In this way, we could declare the array as a constant and would not need to reassign the result of the method:

const letters = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd','e'];  

The result of the above function will be an array with the values ['e','d', 'c', 'b', 'a'].


How to get a new reverse array


If you want to assign the result to another variable or constant, you can use the spread operator... , so that we can assign the array elements to a new array:

const letters = ['e','d', 'c', 'b', 'a'];  
const reversedLetters = [...letters].reverse(); 

Thus, the constant letters will continue to hold the elements ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e'], while the constant reversedLetters will contain the elements ['e','d', 'c', 'b', 'a'].

There is yet another way by which you can invert an array and get it in a new variable without the need to use the spread operator. It consists of using the slice() method without passing any parameter, just before inverting the array:

const letters = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd','e'];  
const reversedLetters = letters.slice().reverse();    


The constant letters will contain the elements ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e'], while the constant reversedLetters will contain the elements ['e', 'd', 'c', 'b', 'a']

by Janeth Kent Date: 11-08-2021 javascript hits : 3891  
Janeth Kent

Janeth Kent

Licenciada en Bellas Artes y programadora por pasión. Cuando tengo un rato retoco fotos, edito vídeos y diseño cosas. El resto del tiempo escribo en MA-NO WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT.


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