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Four Ways to Clone Array with Ease! Easiest Method to Clone Array.

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Unlike primitive types, arrays cannot be cloned by simply assigning them to another variable, doing that only stores reference in another variable. Fear not! There are plenty of ways in which you can make a new copy of an array using four methods!

Array.concat

const fruits = ['🍎', '🍌', '🍐']

const cloned = fruits.concat([])
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Array.from

const fruits = ['🍎', '🍌', '🍐']

const cloned = Array.from(fruits)
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Array.slice

const fruits = ['🍎', '🍌', '🍐']

const cloned = fruits.slice()
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Spread Operator

const fruits = ['🍎', '🍌', '🍐']

const cloned = [...fruits]
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Best Practice

Some of these aren't best practice. It really depends on what you're trying to achieve. For instance, Array.from converts iterables into an array. Array.concat concatenate two arrays. Array.slice gives you a part of an array and the spread operator simply spreads an array into argument list.

Best practice depends on what purpose you are using these methods for.

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Spindola • Edited on

You can also:

const arr = [1, 2, 3]

// with map
const cloned_with_map = arr.map(i => i)

// with reduce + flat
const cloned_with_reduce = 
  arr.reduce((a, b) => [a, b])
  .flat()

Array.of(arr).flat()
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Obs.: both are bad practices.

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Muhammad Hasnain Author • Edited on

Hahaha, yes. I created this post for LinkedIn. Surprisingly, such posts get a lot more attention than posts that contains valuable information.

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Spindola • Edited on

Linkedin is just facebook without so much trash today. hahaha

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Muhammad Hasnain Author

So true! xD

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amt8u

Just remember that all these methods just get you a new array with copied values for single level only. For any nested objects or multi dimensional arrays you need to access each and every value and copy it by yourself.

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Muhammad Hasnain Author

Thanks for pointing that out. The idea is to know how to clone a single array. When it comes to nesting, same rules or methods apply. However, it is much better to use an npm package to clone deep and nested objects recursively. Thank you.