How to Ignore a Field When Destructuring an Object in JavaScript

Published Dec 30, 2021  ∙  Updated Aug 12, 2022

Suppose we want to perform some object destructuring, but we want to ignore, or omit, certain variables from the object.

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Example scenario

Suppose we have a testObject with an a, b, and c field.

const testObject = {
  a: 0, 
  b: 0, 
  c: 0
}

We want to destructure this object, but ignore the b field.

Using spread operator and delete

We can use the delete keyword to remove

const shallowCopy = { ...testObject };
delete shallowCopy.b;

Now, testObject will still contain a, b, and c, but shallowCopy will be missing b.

Using Object.assign() and delete

We can also create a shallow copy of the object using Object.assign().

let shallowCopy = Object.assign({}, testObject);
delete shallowCopy.b;

Unless we know for sure that the object will contain the property we want to delete or if there are too many properties to list, it is preferable to explicitly list out the destructured properties.