Is there any kind of hash code function in JavaScript?

Basically, I’m trying to create an object of unique objects, a set. I had the brilliant idea of just using a JavaScript object with objects for the property names. Such as,

set[obj] = true;

This works, up to a point. It works great with string and numbers, but with other objects, they all seem to “hash” to the same value and access the same property. Is there some kind of way I can generate a unique hash value for an object? How do strings and numbers do it, can I override the same behavior?


JavaScript objects can only use strings as keys (anything else is converted to a string).

You could, alternatively, maintain an array which indexes the objects in question, and use its index string as a reference to the object. Something like this:

var ObjectReference = [];

set['ObjectReference.' + ObjectReference.indexOf(obj)] = true;

Obviously it’s a little verbose, but you could write a couple of methods that handle it and get and set all willy nilly.


Your guess is fact — this is defined behaviour in JavaScript — specifically a toString conversion occurs meaning that you can can define your own toString function on the object that will be used as the property name. – olliej

This brings up another interesting point; you can define a toString method on the objects you want to hash, and that can form their hash identifier.

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