Need to hook into a javascript function call, any way to do this?

I'm trying to hook into a function that loads Facebook's news feed:

UIIntentionalStream.instance && UIIntentionalStream.instance.loadOlderPosts();


Is there a way for me to do this with my own JavaScript? Basically, I need to have some sort of callback - when that function is called, I'd like my own function to be called.



Try something like this:

var old = UIIntentionalStream.instance.loadOlderPosts;
UIIntentionalStream.instance.loadOlderPosts = function() {
    // hook before call
    // hook after call

Just hook in wherever you want, before or after the original function's call.


A more complete method will be:

var old = UIIntentionalStream.instance.loadOlderPosts;
UIIntentionalStream.instance.loadOlderPosts = function(arguments) {
    // hook before call
    var ret = old.apply(this, arguments);
    // hook after call
    return ret;

This makes sure that if loadOlderPosts is expecting any parameters or using this, it will get the correct version of them as well as if the caller expects any return value it will get it


Expanding on the previous posts: I have created a function that you can call to perform this "hooking" action.

hookFunction(UIIntentionalStream.instance, 'loadOlderPosts', function(){
    /* This anonymous function gets called after UIIntentionalStream.instance.loadOlderPosts() has finished */

// Define this function so you can reuse it later and keep your overrides "cleaner"
function hookFunction(object, functionName, callback) {
    (function(originalFunction) {
        object[functionName] = function () {
            var returnValue = originalFunction.apply(this, arguments);

            callback.apply(this, [returnValue, originalFunction, arguments]);

            return returnValue;

Bonus: You should also wrap this all a closure, for good measure.


Similar to Eric's answer above. When using ES6, this function works for both async and sync functions:

export function createHook(obj, targetFunction, hookFunction) {
    let temp = obj[targetFunction]
    obj[targetFunction] = function (...args) {
        let ret = temp.apply(this, args)
        if (ret && typeof ret.then === 'function') {
            return ret.then((value)=>{hookFunction([value, args]); return value;})
        } else {
            hookFunction([ret, args])
            return ret


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