The class declaration creates a new class with a given name using prototype-based inheritance.

You can also define a class using a class expression. But unlike the class expression, the class declaration doesn't allow an existing class to be declared again and will throw a type error if attempted.


class name [extends] {
  // class body


The class body of a class declaration is executed in strict mode. The constructor property is optional.

Class declarations are not hoisted (unlike function declarations).


A simple class declaration

In the following example, we first define a class named Polygon, then extend it to create a class named Square. Note that super(), used in the constructor, can only be used in constructors and must be called before the this keyword can be used.

class Polygon {
  constructor(height, width) {
    this.name = 'Polygon';
    this.height = height;
    this.width = width;

class Square extends Polygon {
  constructor(length) {
    super(length, length);
    this.name = 'Square';

Attempting to declare a class twice

Re-declaring a class using the class declaration throws a type error.

class Foo {};
class Foo {}; // Uncaught TypeError: Identifier 'Foo' has already been declared

The same error is thrown when a class has been defined before using the class expression.

var Foo = class {};
class Foo {}; // Uncaught TypeError: Identifier 'Foo' has already been declared


Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 42 Yes 45 No ? 10.1
Array subclassing 43 ? ? No ? ?
Allowed in sloppy mode 49 ? ? No ? ?
Feature Android webview Chrome for Android Edge mobile Firefox for Android Opera Android iOS Safari Samsung Internet
Basic support 42 42 Yes 45 ? 10.1 ?
Array subclassing 43 43 ? ? ? ? ?
Allowed in sloppy mode 49 49 ? ? ? ? ?

See also

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