class

The class declaration creates a new class with a given name using prototype-based inheritance.

You can also define a class using a class expression. But unlike a class expression, a class declaration doesn't allow an existing class to be declared again and will throw a SyntaxError if attempted.

Syntax

class name [extends otherName] {
  // class body
}

Description

The class body of a class declaration is executed in strict mode. The constructor method is optional.

Class declarations are not hoisted (unlike function declarations).

Examples

A simple class declaration

In the following example, we first define a class named Polygon, then extend it to create a class named Square.

Note that super(), used in the constructor, can only be used in constructors, and must be called before the this keyword can be used.

class Polygon {
  constructor(height, width) {
    this.name = 'Polygon';
    this.height = height;
    this.width = width;
  }
}

class Square extends Polygon {
  constructor(length) {
    super(length, length);
    this.name = 'Square';
  }
}

Attempting to declare a class twice

Re-declaring a class using the class declaration throws a SyntaxError.

class Foo {};
class Foo {}; // Uncaught SyntaxError: Identifier 'Foo' has already been declared

The same error is thrown when a class has been defined before using the class expression.

let Foo = class {};
class Foo {}; // Uncaught SyntaxError: Identifier 'Foo' has already been declared

Specifications

Specification
ECMAScript Language Specification (ECMAScript)
#sec-class-definitions

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