Skip to content

Chaining method calls in JavaScript

New Courses Coming Soon

Join the waiting lists

In JavaScript sometimes we can chain method calls, like this:


It’s pretty convenient to do so.

Instead of writing


we can simplify in a one-liner.

This is possible if each method returns the object itself. In other words, the implementation must be something like this:

const car = {
  start: function() {
    return this
  drive: function() {
    return this

It’s important to note that you can’t use arrow functions, because this in an arrow function used as object method is not bound to the object instance.

I like to use arrow functions all the time, and this is one of the cases where you can’t.

Chained method calls are great when you are not returning a set of values from the method, otherwise you obviously need to assign a method call to a variable, and chaining is not possible:

const result = car.start()
if (result) {
→ Get my JavaScript Beginner's Handbook
→ Read my JavaScript Tutorials on The Valley of Code
→ Read my TypeScript Tutorial on The Valley of Code

Here is how can I help you: