# The Array method map() in Apps Script

The Array method `map()`

returns a new array that is populated with values obtained by calling a function on every element of the original array.

Given the array `[1,2,3]`

and a function `f(x)`

, the map method will apply the function to each element in the array and will return the array `[f(1), f(2), f(3)]`

.

## Prerequisites

This tutorial assumes that you're familiar with:

## Syntax

array.map(callbackFunction)

## Parameters

**callbackFunction** (required):

This function will be executed once for every element in the array and a new array containing the output of these executions will be returned.

The `callbackFunction`

can accept three arguments:

(required)**value****:**The current value being processed.

(optional)**index****:**The index of the value in the array.

(optional)**array****:**The original array that the`map()`

method was called on.

## Return value

The `map()`

method returns a new array containing values obtained by executing the `callbackFunction`

on every element of the original array.

## How does the map() Array method work?

The `map()`

method will execute the `callbackFunction`

once for every element in the array. The value returned by the callbackFunction will be added to a new array. This new array will then be returned.

Consider an input array named `arr`

containing 5 values and a callback function named `f()`

.

#### Input array

val1 | val2 | val3 | val4 | val5 |

#### Output array

The value returned by `arr.map(f)`

is an array whose elements are obtained by executing the function `f()`

on each value of `arr`

.

f(val1) | f(val2) | f(val3) | f(val4) | f(val5) |

## Examples

### Example 1: Using the map() Array method to square values in an array

#### Example 1.1

In the code below, the function `square(value)`

is the callbackFunction parameter in the `map()`

method. This function is executed once for every element in the array `values`

and it returns the square of each element. The array `squaredValues`

contains these values.

function mapEx1_1() { var values = [1,2,3,4,5]; var squaredValues = values.map(square); Logger.log(squaredValues); } function square(value) { return value * value; }

**Output**

[1.0, 4.0, 9.0, 16.0, 25.0]

#### Example 1.2

Instead of defining the function `square()`

separately and then passing it as a parameter, you can also define it in-line. The code below shows you how to do this.

function mapEx1_2() { var values = [1,2,3,4,5]; var squaredValues = values.map(function(value) { return value * value; }); Logger.log(squaredValues); }

**Output**

[1.0, 4.0, 9.0, 16.0, 25.0]

**Note**

Notice that there is no name for the function in the above example.

This is because, in Apps Script (which is a version of JavaScript), a function is basically a variable with a value of type function.

Consider the function `addTwoNumbers()`

below.

function addTwoNumbers(num1, num2) { return num1 + num2; }

This function can also be rewritten in the following way:

var addTwoNumbers = function(num1, num2) { return num1 + num2; }

Here the variable `addTwoNumbers`

contains a value of type function. In Apps Script, both of the above code snippets have the exact same result.

When you pass a function as a parameter to the `map()`

method, you're really passing the function value. Therefore, the following statement `values.map(square);`

in Example 1.1 is the same as the code snippet below in Example 1.2

values.map(function(value) { return value * value; });

This is because `square`

is just a variable that contains the following function value:

function(value) { return value * value; }

## Conclusion

In this tutorial, you learned how to use the `map()`

Array method to create a new array that is obtained by applying a function to every element of the original array.

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