Can't access object property, even though it shows up in a console log

Below, you can see the output from these two logs. The first clearly shows the full object with the property I'm trying to access, but on the very next line of code, I can't access it with config.col_id_3 (see the "undefined" in the screenshot?). Can anyone explain this? I can get access to every other property except field_id_4 as well.


This is what these lines print in Console

Console output



The output of console.log(anObject) is misleading; the state of the object displayed is only resolved when you expand the > in the console. It is not the state of the object when you console.log'd the object.

Instead, try console.log(Object.keys(config)), or even console.log(JSON.stringify(config)) and you will see the keys, or the state of the object at the time you called console.log.

You will (usually) find the keys are being added after your console.log call.


I've just had this issue with a document loaded from MongoDB using Mongoose.

When running console.log() on the whole object, all the document fields (as stored in the db) would show up. However some individual property accessors would return undefined, when others (including _id) worked fine.

Turned out that property accessors only works for those fields specified in my mongoose.Schema(...) definition, whereas console.log() and JSON.stringify() returns all fields stored in the db.

Solution (if you're using Mongoose): make sure all your db fields are defined in mongoose.Schema(...).


Check if inside the object there's an array of objects. I had a similar issue with a JSON:

    "terms": {
        "category": [
                "ID": 4,
                "name": "Cirugia",
                "slug": "cirugia",
                "description": "",
                "taxonomy": "category",
                "parent": null,
                "count": 68,
                "link": ""

I tried to access the 'name' key from 'category' and I got the undefined error, because I was using:

var_name =

Then I realised it has got square brackets, that means that it has an array of objects inside the category key, because it can have more than one category object. So, in order to get the 'name' key I used this:

var_name = obj_array.terms.category[0].name

And That does the trick.

Maybe it's too late for this answer, but I hope someone with the same problem will find this as I did before finding the Solution :)


The property you're trying to access might not exist yet. Console.log works because it executes after a small delay, but that isn't the case for the rest of your code. Try this:

var a = config.col_id_3;    //undefined

    var a = config.col_id_3;    //voila!

}, 100);

I had the same issue. Solution for me was using the stringified output as input to parsing the JSON. this worked for me. hope its useful to you

var x =JSON.parse(JSON.stringify(obj));

In my case I was passing an object to a promise, within the promise I was adding more key/values to the object and when it was done the promise returned the object.

However, a slight over look on my part, the promise was returning the object before it was fully finished...thus the rest of my code was trying to process the updated object and the data wasn't yet there. But like above, in the console, I saw the object fully updated but wasn't able to access the keys - they were coming back undefined. Until I saw this:

console.log(obj) ;
console.log(obj.newKey1) ;

// returned in console
> Object { origKey1: "blah", origKey2: "blah blah"} [i]
    origKey1: "blah"
    origKey2: "blah blah"
    newKey1: "this info"
    newKey2: "that info"
    newKey3: " more info"
> *undefined*

The [i] is a little icon, when I hovered over it it said Object value at left was snapshotted when logged, value below was evaluated just now. Thats when it occurred to me that my object was being evaluated before the promise had fully updated it.


I struggled with this issue today, and thought I'll leave a reply with my solution.

I was fetching a data object via ajax, something like this: {"constants": {"value1":"x","value2":"y"},"i18n" {"data1":"x", "data2":"y"}}

Let's say this object is in a variable called data. Whenever I referenced data.i18n I got undefined.

  1. console.log(data) showed the object as expected
  2. console.log(Object.keys(data)) said ["constants","i18n"] as expected
  3. Renaming i18n to inter didn't change anything
  4. I even tried to switch the data to make "i18n" the first object
  5. Moved code around to make absolutely sure the object was completely set and there was no problem with the ajax promise.

Nothing helped... Then on the server side I wrote the data to the php log, and it revealed this:

{"constants": {"value1":"x","value2":"y"},"\u045618n" {"data1":"x", "data2":"y"}}

The "i" in the index key was actually a u0456 (cyrillic i). This was not visible in my php editor or the browser console log. Only the php log revealed this... That was a tricky one...


My data was just json data string . (This variable was stored as json string in the session).


-> returns just the representation of this string and there is no way to make difference whether is string or object.

So to make it work I just needed to convert it back to real object:

object = JSON.parse(json_string_object);

In 2018 Mozilla warns us in the Mozilla Docs here!

I quote "Logging Objects":

Don't use console.log(obj);, use console.log(JSON.parse(JSON.stringify(obj)));.

This way you are sure you are seeing the value of obj at the moment you log it.


This might help somebody as I had a similar issue in which the JSON.parse() was returning an object that I could print on the console.log() but I couldn't acccess the specific fields and none of the above solution worked for me. Like using the combination of JSON.parse() with JSON.stringify().

var jsonObj = JSON.parse(JSON.stringify(responseText))

// where responseText is a JSON String returned by the server.

console.log(jsonObj) ///Was printing the object correctly
console.log(jsonObj.Body) /// Was printing Undefined  

I ended up solving the problem by using a different parser provided by ExtJs Ext.decode();

var jsonObj = Ext.decode(responseText)
console.log(jsonObj.Body) //Worked...

In My case, it just happens to be that even though i receive the data in the format of a model like myMethod(data:MyModelClass) object till the received object was of type string. Which is y in console.log(data) i get the content. Solution is just to parse the JSON(in my case)

const model:MyMOdelClass=JSON.parse(data);

Thought may be usefull.


I just encountered this issue with objects generated by csv-parser from a CSV file that was generated by MS Excel. I was able to access all properties except the first property - but it would show up ok if I wrote the whole object using console.log.

Turned out that the UTF-8 CSV format inserts 3 bytes (ef bb bf) at the start corresponding to an invisible character - which were being included as part of the first property header by csv-parser. Solution was to re-generate the CSV using the non-UTF option and this eliminated the invisible character.


I've had similar issue, hope the following solution helps someone.
You can use setTimeout function as some guys here suggesting, but you never know how exactly long does your browser need to get your object defined.

Out of that I'd suggest using setInterval function instead. It will wait until your object config.col_id_3 gets defined and then fire your next code part that requires your specific object properties.

window.addEventListener('load', function(){

    var fileInterval = setInterval(function() {
        if (typeof config.col_id_3 !== 'undefined') {

            // do your stuff here

            clearInterval(fileInterval); // clear interval
    }, 100); // check every 100ms


if you're using TYPESCRIPT and/or ANGULAR, it could be this!

.then((res: any) => res.json())

setting the response type to any fixed this issue for me, I couldn't access properties on the response until i set res: any

see this question Property '_body' does not exist on type 'Response'


I had the same issue and no solution above worked for me and it sort of felt like guess work thereafter. However, wrapping my code which creates the object in a setTimeout function did the trick for me.

setTimeout(function() {
   var myObj = xyz; //some code for creation of complex object like above
   console.log(myObj); // this works
   console.log(myObj.propertyName); // this works too

I had a similar issue or maybe just related.

For my case I was accessing properties of an object but one was undefined. I found the problem was a white-space in the server side code while creating the key,val of the object.

My approach was as follows...

creating my object... notice the white-space in "word"

response I get from my REST API

javascript code to log the values

log results from console

After removing the white-space from the server-side code creating the object, I could now access the property as below...

result after removing whitespace

This might not be the issue with the case of the subject question but was for my case and may be so for some one else. Hope it helps.


I've just had the same issue with a document loaded from MongoDB using Mongoose.

Turned out that i'm using the property find() to return just one object, so i changed find() to findOne() and everything worked for me.

Solution (if you're using Mongoose): Make sure to return one object only, so you can parse its or it will be treated as an array so you need to acces it like that object[0].id.


For me it turned out to be a Mongoose-related problem.

I was looping over objects that I got from a Mongo query. I just had to remove:

items = await Model.find()

And replace it by:

items = await Model.find().lean()

I had an issue like this, and found the solution was to do with Underscore.js. My initial logging made no sense:

console.log(JSON.stringify(obj, null, 2));

> {
>   "code": "foo"
> }


> undefined

I found the solution by also looking at the keys of the object:


> ["_wrapped","_chain"]

This lead me to realise that obj was actually an Underscore.js wrapper around an object, and the initial debugging was lying to me.


I had similar problem (when developing for SugarCRM), where I start with:

var leadBean ='Leads', {id: this.model.attributes.parent_id});

// This should load object with attributes 

// Here were my attributes filled in with proper values including name

// Printed "undefined"

Problem was in fetch(), its async call so I had to rewrite my code into:

var leadBean ='Leads', {id: this.model.attributes.parent_id});

// This should load object with attributes 
    success: function (lead) {
        // Printed my value correctly

Just in case this is helpful for someone, I had a similar problem, and it's because someone created an override for .toJSON in the object I was working with. So the object was something like:

  foo: {
         bar: "Hello"
         baz: "World"

But .toJSON() was:

toJSON() {

So when I called JSON.stringify(myObject) it returned "{"bar": "Hello", "baz": "World"}". However, Object.keys(myObject) revealed the "foo".


I faced the same problem today. In my case the keys were nested, i.e key1.key2. I split the keys using split() and then used the square bracket notation, which did work for me.

var data = {
    key1: {
          key2: "some value"

I split the keys and used it like this, data[key1][key2] which did the job for me.


I had the same issue today. Problem was caused by uglify-js. After I executed same non-uglified code problem was solved. Removing of


from uglify-js was enough to have working uglified code.

Perhaps, the best practice is to use some prefix for properties that has to be mangled with regex rule for uglify-js.

Here is the source:

var data = JSON.parse( content);
this.pageIndex = parseInt(data.index);
this.pageTotal = parseInt(;
this.pageLimit = parseInt(data.limit); 

and here is how it was uglified:

var n = JSON.parse( t);
this._ = parseInt(n.index), this.g = parseInt(, this.D = parseInt(n.C)

None of the JSON stringify/parse worked for me.

formValues.myKey:               undefined
formValues.myKey with timeout:  content

I wanted the value of formValues.myKey and what did the trick was a setTimeout 0 like in the example below. Hope it helps.

console.log('formValues.myKey: ',formValues.myKey);
setTimeout( () => { 
  console.log('formValues.myKey with timeout: ', formValues.myKey);
}, 0 );

I just encountered this issue as well, and long story short my API was returning a string type and not JSON. So it looked exactly the same when you printed it to the log however whenever I tried to access the properties it gave me an undefined error.

API Code:

     var response = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<StatusResult>(string Of object);
     return Json(response);

previously I was just returning:

return Json(string Of object);

I had a similar issue today in React. Eventually realised that the problem was being caused by the state not being set yet. I was calling and although it was showing up in the console, I couldn't seem to access it in my component till I included a check to check if user.user was set and then calling


If this is an issue occurring when working with Mongoose, the following may happen:


returns everything, including the desired key.


returns undefined.

If that is happening, it means that the key is missing from the Mongoose Schema. Adding it in will resolve the issue.


First thing check the type like below:

console.log(typeof config);

If the command above prints object then it is very easy you just use the bracket notation. Bracket notation can be quite useful if you want to search for a property’s values dynamically.

Execute the command below:


If it a string you need to parse in object first. To do that you need to execute the command below:

var object = JSON.parse(config);

And after that use bracket notation to access the property like below:


Check whether you had applied any filters in the console. It happens to me in chrome console.


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