Chrome re-ordering object keys if numerics, is that normal/expected

I noticed that certain code that evaluates some shoe sizes for an e-commerce site and outputs them on screen is messing up the order in Chrome.

JSON given can be:

  "7": ["9149", "9139", "10455", "17208"],
  "7.5": ["9140", "9150", "10456", "17209"],
  "8": ["2684", "9141", "10457", "17210"],
  "8.5": ["9142", "10444", "10458", "17211"],
  "9": ["2685", "9143", "10459", "17212"],
  "9.5": ["10443", "9144", "10460", "17213"]

...which increments sizes in halves.

Upon conversion into an object and iterating though the keys, the natural order is being respected and they come out as:

7, 7.5, 8, 8.5 etc.

But in Chrome only, keys that 'look' like round numbers ALWAYS come out of the object first, so output of a for... in loop is:

7, 8, 9, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5 ...

Object.keys(sizes); // ["7", "8", "9", "7.5", "8.5", "9.5"]

Here is the test case:

It's only affects whole numbers, seems like Webkit / Blink have an optimisation that prefers Object properties that are numeric, maybe it's to do with Branch Prediction or whatever.

If you prefix the object keys with any character, the order remains unaffected and works as intended - FIFO

I think I recall reading that there are no guarantees on the order of properties of an object but at the same time, this is annoying to the extreme and would cause a considerable amount of effort in fixing it for chrome users alone.

Any ideas? is this likely a bug that will get fixed?

edit additionally, I have now discovered this as an issue on the v8 bug tracker:

Looks like Blink don't want to fix this and will remain the only browser that will do it.

update whatever hash table optimisation webkit/blink had, has now made its way into gecko (FF 27.0.1) - results in 7,8,9,7.5,8.5,9.5. applying _ before the keys returns the correct / expected order.

update 2017 People are still upvoting and editing this so - It does NOT appear to affect Map / WeakMap, Set etc (as demonstrated by updated main example)



It's the way v8 handles associative arrays. A known issue Issue 164 but it follows the spec so is marked 'working as intended'. There isn't a required order for looping through associative arrays.

A simple workaround is to precede number values with letters e.g: 'size_7':['9149','9139'] etc.

The standard will change in the next ECMAScript spec forcing [chrome] developers to change this.


It would appear that Chrome is treating the integer string as if it were a numeric type when used as an index/property name.

I think relying on the Javascript implementation to preserve the order of what, in some cases, is object properties, and in other cases (certainly with chrome) array indices, is demonstrably an unsafe approach and order of enumeration is probably not defined in the spec. I would suggest adding an additional property to the JSON that indicates a sort order:


When iterating over the properties of an object, the order is specified in the ECMAScript specification as being undefined and any order you may have observed in some environment should not be relied upon. If you need order, use an Array.


They're being treated as strings because they are strings. My best suggestion would be to use the same "precision" in all your keys.

  "7.0": ["9149", "9139", "10455", "17208"],
  "7.5": ["9140", "9150", "10456", "17209"],
  "8.0": ["2684", "9141", "10457", "17210"],
  "8.5": ["9142", "10444", "10458", "17211"],
  "9.0": ["2685", "9143", "10459", "17212"],
  "9.5": ["10443", "9144", "10460", "17213"]

So, "8.0" instead of "8", etc.

Even then, there are no guarantees, but it is more likely that they'll come out in the same order.

For a better guarantee, perform a sort based on the keys, putting the values into an array in the sorted order.


I don't think you can call this a bug. Like you say yourself, there is no garantee on how the properties of an object are sorted.


I found an easy work around using underscore.js

myArray = _.sortBy(myArray, function(num){ return Math.ceil(num); });

Yay! myArray is back to the correct order in all browsers.


My keys were too important for me to convert them to strings. Instead I created another array which just maintained the order of the keys.

$origArray = valueReturnedFromFunction();
$preservedOrder = array_keys($origArray);
var origArray = <?php echo json_encode($origArray)?>;
var preservedOrder = <?php echo json_encode($preservedOrder )?>;

for(i in preservedOrder){
    var item = origArray[i];


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