Javascript – How to get distinct values from an array of objects in JavaScript


Assuming I have the following:

var array = 
        {"name":"Joe", "age":17}, 
        {"name":"Bob", "age":17}, 
        {"name":"Carl", "age": 35}

What is the best way to be able to get an array of all of the distinct ages such that I get an result array of:

[17, 35]

Is there some way I could alternatively structure the data or better method such that I would not have to iterate through each array checking the value of "age" and check against another array for its existence, and add it if not?

If there was some way I could just pull out the distinct ages without iterating…

Current inefficent way I would like to improve… If it means that instead of "array" being an array of objects, but a "map" of objects with some unique key (i.e. "1,2,3") that would be okay too. Im just looking for the most performance efficient way.

The following is how I currently do it, but for me, iteration appears to just be crummy for efficiency even though it does work…

var distinct = []
for (var i = 0; i < array.length; i++)
   if (array[i].age not in distinct)

Best Solution

If you are using ES6/ES2015 or later you can do it this way:

const data = [
  { group: 'A', name: 'SD' }, 
  { group: 'B', name: 'FI' }, 
  { group: 'A', name: 'MM' },
  { group: 'B', name: 'CO'}
const unique = [ Set( =>]; // [ 'A', 'B']

Here is an example on how to do it.