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Symbol.prototype.toString()

The toString() method returns a string representing the specified Symbol object.

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Syntax

toString()

Return value

A string representing the specified Symbol object.

Description

The Symbol object overrides the toString method of the Object object; it does not inherit Object.prototype.toString(). For Symbol objects, the toString method returns a string representation of the object.

No string concatenation

While you can call toString() on Symbols, you cannot use string concatenation with them:

Symbol('foo') + 'bar'        // TypeError: Can't convert symbol to string

Examples

Using toString()

Symbol('desc').toString()    // "Symbol(desc)"

// well-known symbols
Symbol.iterator.toString()   // "Symbol(Symbol.iterator)

// global symbols
Symbol.for('foo').toString() // "Symbol(foo)"

Specifications

Browser compatibility

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See also

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https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Symbol/toString