safe access to deeply nested properties and functions in JS objects without getting a TypeError

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npm install get-safe@1.5.0



Safe access to deeply nested properties or functions in JS objects without getting a TypeError but undefined instead.

You can even call a nested function in objects if the last nested key ends with (). You can pass arguments by adding them as last parameters of the get-safe function call.


Using npm

npm install get-safe --save

Using yarn:

yarn add navscroll

Directly include it in html:

<!-- Browsers with ES module support load this file. -->
<script type="module" src="node_modules/get-safe/browser-version/get-safe.js"></script>

<!-- Older browsers load this file (and module-supporting -->
<!-- browsers know when *not* to load this file). -->
<script nomodule src="node_modules/get-safe/browser-version/get-safe-legacy.js"></script>

Warning! The only gotcha here is Safari 10 doesn’t support the nomodule attribute, but you can solve this by inlining a JavaScript snippet in your HTML prior to using any <script nomodule> tags. (Note: this has been fixed in Safari 11).

The browser version adds the `getSafe` function to the 'window' object that you can use !

How to use

const _ = require ('get-safe');
const myObj = {
 foo: {
   bar: {
     baz: ['winter','is','coming'],
     fifo (arg1, arg2) {
       console.log("I'am a function, arguments are:",...arguments);
       return 42;

// Tests
console.log(_('',myObj)); // logs 'coming'
console.log(_('',myObj,'arg1','arg2')); // calls the nested function 'fifo' and logs its result
console.log(_('',myObj)); // logs 'undefined'

NOTE: If you are NOT making a function call and just accessing a property, you can pass a default value as the third argument, this will be returned instead of undefined if the nested property doesn't exsit.