JavaScript Object getOwnPropertyDescriptor()

The JavaScript Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor() method returns a property descriptor for an object's own property.

The syntax of the getOwnPropertyDescriptor() method is:

Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor(obj, prop)

The getOwnPropertyDescriptor() method, being a static method, is called using the Object class name.

getOwnPropertyDescriptor() Parameters

The getOwnPropertyDescriptor() method takes in:

  • obj - The object in which to look for the property.
  • prop - The name or Symbol of the property whose description is to be retrieved.

Return value from getOwnPropertyDescriptor()

  • Returns a property descriptor of the given property on the object.
  • Returns undefined if the property does not exist on the object.

Example: Using getOwnPropertyDescriptor()

let obj = {
  x: 10,
  get number() {
    return this.x;

let xValue = Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor(obj, "x");

let value = Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor(obj, "number");

Object.defineProperty(obj, "name", {
  value: "JavaScript",
  writable: false,
  enumerable: false,

console.log(Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptor(obj, "name"));


{ value: 10, writable: true, enumerable: true, configurable: true }
  get: [Function: get number],
  set: undefined,
  enumerable: true,
  configurable: true
  value: 'JavaScript',
  writable: false,
  enumerable: false,
  configurable: false

Recommended Reading: Javascript Object.defineProperty()

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