How to initialize a JavaScript Map with values

Learn how you can create a JavaScript Map with values when declaring the variable

Posted on April 19, 2022

When creating a Map object in JavaScript, the usual way to insert a key-value pair is by using the set() method of the object.

Consider the following code example:

const map1 = new Map();

map1.set("x", 10);
map1.set("y", 20);
map1.set("z", 30);

// πŸ‘† {'x' => 10, 'y' => 20, 'z' => 30}

As you can see, using the set() method from the Map instance is a bit redundant.

You can actually initialize a Map object with values by passing an array to the Map() constructor.

The array will contain another array that holds the key-value pair to be inserted into the Map.

The example code below produces the same result as the above:

const map1 = new Map([
  ["x", 10],
  ["y", 20],
  ["z", 30],

// πŸ‘† {'x' => 10, 'y' => 20, 'z' => 30}

Alternatively, you can also initialize a map with values from a JavaScript Object like this:

const myObj = { name: "Nathan", age: 29 };

const map2 = new Map(Object.entries(myObj));

// πŸ‘† {'name' => 'Nathan', 'age' => 29}

This is possible because the Object.entries() method returns an array of arrays containing the properties of the object.

And that’s how you can initialize a Map with values in JavaScript. πŸ˜‰

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