Private Object & Class Properties

nombrekeff profile image Manolo Edge ใƒป1 min read

Easy and clean way of creating private object methods and properties, making use of Symbols

// Object with private field
function privateProps() {
    const priv = Symbol('private prop');

    return {
        [priv]: {
            id: '1111-2222-3333-4444'
        getSomething() {
            return fetch(`http://.../users/${this[priv].id}`);

const obj = privateProps();
obj.getSomething(); // Accesible
obj[priv]           // 'undefined' as we don't have access to priv, 
                    //  we can't re-create the symbol from outside as it is unique.

Using in a class?

I don't like this pattern that much, but it can be useful in some cases.
There are other ways of accomplishing this, this is just one example.

const MyClass = (() => {
  const priv = Symbol('private');

  return class {
    constructor(name) {
      this[priv] = name;

      return this[priv];

let instance = new MyClass('test');
instance.private;   // undefined
instance.priv;      // undefined
instance.getName(); // 'test'

Currently there is a proposal for adding private fields to classes, check it out here

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Manolo Edge


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