JavaScript Tips: Remove Unwanted Object Properties With Destructuring

Need to remove a property from an object?

Imagine you have a user object and need to remove the email property for privacy reasons.

There are a few ways to achieve this.

One of the simplest is combining object destructuring and the rest operator.

Let's dive into how you can do this with an example:

const user = {
  name: 'John Doe',
  email: '',
  age: 30

You aim to get a new object from this user without the email property.

How to

JavaScript's destructuring assignment syntax comes to the rescue, coupled with the rest operator.

const { email, ...userWithoutEmail } = user;

What's happening here?

We're pulling out the email from the user object and capturing the rest of the properties (name and age in this case) into a new object called userWithoutEmail.

The Result

After running the above code, if you inspect userWithoutEmail, you'll see it doesn't have the email property:

// Output: { name: 'John Doe', age: 30 }

This method is slick for a couple of reasons.

First, it's concise. With just one line of code, you've filtered out a property.

Second, it's direct. There's no looping through properties or manually copying them over. Everything else in the object is automatically spread into the new object, userWithoutEmail, minus the email.

You can use this technique to remove many properties if needed.

It's a handy tool to keep in your JavaScript toolbox.

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Written by Niall Maher

Founder of Codú - The web developer community! I've worked in nearly every corner of technology businesses; Lead Developer, Software Architect, Product Manager, CTO and now happily a Founder.


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