Why does parseInt yield NaN with Array#map?

From the Mozilla Developer Network:


will yield:


Why then does this:


yield this:

[1, NaN, NaN]

I have tested in Firefox 3.0.1 and Chrome 0.3 and just as a disclaimer, I know this is not cross-browser functionality (no IE).

I found out that the following will accomplish the desired effect. However, it still doesn’t explain the errant behavior of parseInt.

['1','2','3'].map(function(i){return +i;}) // returns [1,2,3]



The callback function in Array.map has three parameters:

From the same Mozilla page that you linked to:

callback is invoked with three arguments: the value of the element, the index of the element, and the Array object being traversed."

So if you call a function parseInt which actually expects two arguments, the second argument will be the index of the element.

In this case, you ended up calling parseInt with radix 0, 1 and 2 in turn. The first is the same as not supplying the parameter, so it defaulted based on the input (base 10, in this case). Base 1 is an impossible number base, and 3 is not a valid number in base 2:

parseInt('1', 0); // OK - gives 1
parseInt('2', 1); // FAIL - 1 isn't a legal radix
parseInt('3', 2); // FAIL - 3 isn't legal in base 2 

So in this case, you need the wrapper function:

['1','2','3'].map(function(num) { return parseInt(num, 10); });

or with ES2015+ syntax:

['1','2','3'].map(num => parseInt(num, 10));

(In both cases, it's best to explicitly supply a radix to parseInt as shown, because otherwise it guesses the radix based on the input. In some older browsers, a leading 0 caused it to guess octal, which tended to be problematic. It will still guess hex if the string starts with 0x.)


map is passing along a 2nd argument, which is (in many of the cases) messing up parseInt's radix parameter.

If you're using underscore you can do:

['10','1','100'].map(_.partial(parseInt, _, 10))

Or without underscore:

['10','1','100'].map(function(x) { return parseInt(x, 10); });


You could solve this problem using Number as iteratee function:

var a = ['0', '1', '2', '10', '15', '57'].map(Number);


Without the new operator, Number can be used to perform type conversion. However, it differs from parseInt: it doesn't parse the string and returns NaN if the number cannot be converted. For instance:



I'm going to wager that it's something funky going on with the parseInt's 2nd parameter, the radix. Why it is breaking with the use of Array.map and not when you call it directly, I do not know.

//  Works fine
parseInt( 4 );
parseInt( 9 );

//  Breaks!  Why?
[1,4,9].map( parseInt );

//  Fixes the problem
[1,4,9].map( function( num ){ return parseInt( num, 10 ) } );

You can use arrow function ES2015/ES6 and just pass number to the parseInt. Default value for radix will be 10

[10, 20, 30].map(x => parseInt(x))

Or you can explicitly specify radix for better readability of your code.

[10, 20, 30].map(x => parseInt(x, 10))

In example above radix explicitly set to 10


another (working) quick fix :

var parseInt10 = function(x){return parseInt(x, 10);}

['0', '1', '2', '10', '15', '57'].map(parseInt10);
//[0, 1, 2, 10, 15, 57]

parseInt IMHO should be avoided for this very reason. You can wrap it to make it more safe in these contexts like this:

const safe = {
  parseInt: (s, opt) => {
    const { radix = 10 } = opt ? opt : {};
    return parseInt(s, radix);

console.log( ['1','2','3'].map(safe.parseInt) );
  ['1', '10', '11'].map(e => safe.parseInt(e, { radix: 2 }))

lodash/fp caps iteratee arguments to 1 by default to avoid these gotchas. Personally I have found these workarounds to create as many bugs as they avoid. Blacklisting parseInt in favor of a safer implementation is, I think, a better approach.


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