The Symbol.isConcatSpreadable well-known symbol is used to configure if an object should be flattened to its array elements when using the Array.prototype.concat() method.

Property attributes of Symbol.isConcatSpreadable
Writable no
Enumerable no
Configurable no


The @@isConcatSpreadable symbol (Symbol.isConcatSpreadable) can be defined as an own or inherited property and its value is a boolean. It can control behavior for arrays and array-like objects:

  • For array objects, the default behavior is to spread (flatten) elements. Symbol.isConcatSpreadable can avoid flattening in these cases.
  • For array-like objects, the default behavior is no spreading or flattening. Symbol.isConcatSpreadable can force flattening in these cases.



By default, Array.prototype.concat() spreads (flattens) arrays into its result:

var alpha = ['a', 'b', 'c'], 
    numeric = [1, 2, 3]; 

var alphaNumeric = alpha.concat(numeric); 

console.log(alphaNumeric); // Result: ['a', 'b', 'c', 1, 2, 3]

When setting Symbol.isConcatSpreadable to false, you can disable the default behavior:

var alpha = ['a', 'b', 'c'], 
    numeric = [1, 2, 3]; 

numeric[Symbol.isConcatSpreadable] = false;
var alphaNumeric = alpha.concat(numeric); 

console.log(alphaNumeric); // Result: ['a', 'b', 'c', [1, 2, 3] ]

Array-like objects

For array-like objects, the default is to not spread. Symbol.isConcatSpreadable needs to be set to true in order to get a flattened array:

var x = [1, 2, 3];

var fakeArray = { 
  [Symbol.isConcatSpreadable]: true, 
  length: 2, 
  0: 'hello', 
  1: 'world' 

x.concat(fakeArray); // [1, 2, 3, "hello", "world"]

Note: The length property is used to control the number of object properties to be added. In the above example, length:2 indicates two properties has to be added.


Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 48 15 48 No Yes Yes
Android webview Chrome for Android Edge Mobile Firefox for Android Opera for Android iOS Safari Samsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes 48 Yes Yes Yes
Basic support 6.0.0

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