prototype Property (Number)

Returns a reference to the prototype for a class of number.




The number argument is the name of a number.

Use the prototype property to provide a base set of functionality to a class of objects. New instances of an object "inherit" the behavior of the prototype assigned to that object.

For example, to add a method to the Number object that returns the number of (integer) digits, declare the function, add it to Number.prototype, and then use it.

function number_digits() {  
    var digits = 0;  
    var num = this;  
    while (num) >= 1) {  
        num /= 10;  
    return digits;  

Number.prototype.digits = number_digits;  
var myNumber = new Number(3456.789);  
// Output:  
// 4  

All intrinsic JavaScript objects have a prototype property that is read-only. Properties and methods may be added to the prototype, but the object may not be assigned a different prototype. However, user-defined objects may be assigned a new prototype.

The method and property lists for each intrinsic object in this language reference indicate which ones are part of the object's prototype, and which are not.


Supported in the following document modes: Quirks, Internet Explorer 6 standards, Internet Explorer 7 standards, Internet Explorer 8 standards, Internet Explorer 9 standards, Internet Explorer 10 standards, Internet Explorer 11 standards. Also supported Store apps (Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1). See Version Information.