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JavaScript Array shift()


Example

Remove the first item of an array:

const fruits = ["Banana", "Orange", "Apple", "Mango"];
fruits.shift();
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There are more examples at the bottom of this tutorial.


Definition and Usage

The shift() method removes the first item of an array.

shift() returns the element it removes.

shift() changes the original array.

Tip: To remove the last item of an array, use pop().


Browser Support

shift() is an ES1 feature (JavaScript 1999).

It is fully supported in all browsers:

Chrome IE Edge Firefox Safari Opera
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Syntax

array.shift()

Parameters

None

Technical Details

Return Value: The removed array item. The item can be a string, a number, an array, an object, or any other type allowed in an array.
JavaScript Version: ECMAScript 1

More Examples

Example

Array.shift() returns the removed array element:

const fruits = ["Banana", "Orange", "Apple", "Mango"];
fruits.shift();   // Returns "Banana"
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Related Pages

Array Tutorial

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The Array push() Method

The Array pop() Method

The Array unshift() Method