context to use call and apply in Javascript?-ThrowExceptions

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Guys can any one explain context to use call and apply methods in Javascript?

Why to use call and apply instead of calling a function directly ?

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You use call or apply when you want to pass a different this value to the function. In essence, this means that you want to execute a function as if it were a method of a particular object. The only difference between the two is that call expects parameters separated by commas, while apply expects parameters in an array.

An example from Mozilla’s apply page, where constructors are chained:

function Product(name, price) { = name;
    this.price = price;

    if (price < 0)
        throw RangeError('Cannot create product "' + name + '" with a negative price');
    return this;

function Food(name, price) {
    Product.apply(this, arguments);
    this.category = 'food';
Food.prototype = new Product();

function Toy(name, price) {
    Product.apply(this, arguments);
    this.category = 'toy';
Toy.prototype = new Product();

var cheese = new Food('feta', 5);
var fun = new Toy('robot', 40);

What Product.apply(this, arguments) does is the following: The Product constructor is applied as a function within each of the Food and Toy constructors, and each of these object instances are being passed as this. Thus, each of Food and Toy now have and this.category properties.


Only if you use call or apply you can modify the this context inside the function.

Unlike other languages – in JavaScript this does not refer to the current object – rather to the execution context and can be set by the caller.

If you call a function using the new keyword this will correctly refer to the new object (inside the constructor function)..

But in all other cases – this will refer to the global object unless set explicitly through call


You use .call() when you want to cause a function to execute with a different this value. It sets the this value as specified, sets the arguments as specified and then calls the function. The difference between .call() and just executing the function is the value of the this pointer when the function executes. When you execute the function normally, javascript decides what the this pointer will be (usually the global context window unless the function is called as a method on an object). When you use .call(), you specify exactly what you want this to be set to.

You use .apply() when the arguments you want to pass to a function are in an array. .apply() can also cause a function to execute with a specific this value. .apply() is most often used when you have an indeterminate number of arguments that are coming from some other source. It is often used too pass the arguments from one function call to another by using the special local variable arguments which contains an array of arguments that were passed to your current function.

I find the MDN references pages for .call() and .apply() helpful.


If you have experience with jQuery, you will know that most functions take use of the this object. For example, collection.each(function() { ... });
Inside this function, "this" refers to the iterator object. This is one possible usage.

I personally have used .apply() for implementing a queue of requests – I push an array of arguments into the queue, and when the time comes for executing it, I take an element, and pass it as the arguments for a handler function using .apply(), thus making the code cleaner then if having to pass an array of arguments as a first argument. That’s another example.

In general, just keep in mind that those ways to call a function exist, and you may one day find them convenient to use for implementing your program.


I can’t think of any normal situation where setting the thisArg to something different is the purpose of using apply.

The purpose of apply is to pass an array of value to a function that wants those values as arguments.

It has been superseded in all regular everyday usage by the spread operator.


// Finding the largest number in an array
`Math.max.apply(null, arr)` becomes `Math.max(...arr)`

// Inserting the values of one array at the start of another
Array.prototype.unshift.apply(arr1, arr2); 
// which becomes 
arr1 = [...arr2, ...arr1]


If you have experience with Object Oriented Programming then call and apply will make sense if you compare it with inheritance and override the properties or method/functions of parent class from child class. Which is similar with call in javascript as following:

function foo () {
  this.helloworld = "hello from foo"
foo.prototype.print = function () {

foo.prototype.main = function () {

function bar() {
  this.helloworld = 'hello from bar'
// declaring print function to override the previous print
bar.prototype.print = function () {

var iamfoo = new foo()

iamfoo.main() // prints: hello from foo bar()) // override print and prints: hello from bar

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