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Javascript Setters and Getters

Setters and getters are object properties that call a function when they are set/gotten.

Defining a Setter/Getter Using Object.defineProperty

var setValue;
var obj = {};
Object.defineProperty(obj, "objProperty", {
 get: function(){
 return "a value";
 set: function(value){
 setValue = value;

Defining an Setter/Getter in a Newly Created Object

JavaScript allows us to define getters and setters in the object literal syntax. Here's an example:

var date = {
 year: '2017',
 month: '02',
 day: '27',
 get date() {
 // Get the date in YYYY-MM-DD format
 return `${this.year}-${this.month}-${}`
 set date(dateString) {
 // Set the date from a YYYY-MM-DD formatted string
 var dateRegExp = /(\d{4})-(\d{2})-(\d{2})/;

 // Check that the string is correctly formatted
 if (dateRegExp.test(dateString)) {
 var parsedDate = dateRegExp.exec(dateString);
 this.year = parsedDate[1];
 this.month = parsedDate[2]; = parsedDate[3];
 else {
 throw new Error('Date string must be in YYYY-MM-DD format');

Accessing the property would return the value 2017-02-27. Setting = '2018-01-02 would call
the setter function, which would then parse the string and set date.year = '2018', date.month = '01', and = '02'. Trying to pass an incorrectly formatted string (such as "hello") would throw an error.

Defining getters and setters

class Person {
 constructor(firstname, lastname) {
this._firstname = firstname;
 this._lastname = lastname;
 get firstname() {
 return this._firstname;
 set firstname(name) {
 this._firstname = name;
 get lastname() {
 return this._lastname;
 set lastname(name) {
 this._lastname = name;
let person = new Person('John', 'Doe');
console.log(person.firstname, person.lastname);
person.firstname = 'Foo';
person.lastname = 'Bar';
console.log(person.firstname, person.lastname); 


John Doe
Foo Bar


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