JavaScript Array some() Method

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Check if any values in the ages array are 18 or over:

var ages = [3, 10, 18, 20];

function checkAdult(age) {
    return age >= 18;

function myFunction() {
    document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = ages.some(checkAdult);

The result will be:

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Definition and Usage

The some() method checks if any of the elements in an array pass a test (provided as a function).

The some() method executes the function once for each element present in the array:

  • If it finds an array element where the function returns a true value, some() returns true (and does not check the remaining values)
  • Otherwise it retuns false

Note: some() does not execute the function for array elements without values.

Note: some() does not change the original array.

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the method.

some() Yes 9.0 Yes Yes Yes



Parameter Values

Parameter Description
function(currentValue, index,arr) Required. A function to be run for each element in the array.
Function arguments:
Argument Description
currentValue Required. The value of the current element
index Optional. The array index of the current element
arr Optional. The array object the current element belongs to
thisValue Optional. A value to be passed to the function to be used as its "this" value.
If this parameter is empty, the value "undefined" will be passed as its "this" value

Technical Details

Return Value: A Boolean. Returns true if any of the elements in the array pass the test, otherwise it returns false
JavaScript Version: 1.6


More Examples


Check if any of the values in the ages array are a specific number or over:

<p>Minimum age: <input type="number" id="ageToCheck" value="18"></p>
<button onclick="myFunction()">Try it</button>

<p>Any ages above: <span id="demo"></span></p>

var ages = [4, 12, 16, 20];

function checkAdult(age) {
    return age >= document.getElementById("ageToCheck").value;

function myFunction() {
    document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = ages.some(checkAdult);
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