Suppose you have a bills array with this content:

const bills = [
  { date: '2018-01-20', amount: '220', category: 'Electricity' },
  { date: '2018-01-20', amount: '20', category: 'Gas' },
  { date: '2018-02-20', amount: '120', category: 'Electricity' }

and you want to extract the unique values of the category attribute of each item in the array.

Here’s what you can do:

const categories = [ Set( => bill.category))]


Set is a new data structure that JavaScript got in ES6. It’s a collection of unique values. We put into that the list of property values we get from using map(), which how we used it will return this array:

['Electricity', 'Gas', 'Electricity']

Passing through Set, we’ll remove the duplicates.

... is the spread operator, which will expand the set values into an array.