How to find the sum of an array of numbers

Given an array [1, 2, 3, 4], how can I find the sum of its elements? (In this case, the sum would be 10.)

I thought $.each might be useful, but I'm not sure how to implement it.

Answers:

Answer

Recommended (reduce with default value)

Array.prototype.reduce can be used to iterate through the array, adding the current element value to the sum of the previous element values.

console.log(
  [1, 2, 3, 4].reduce((a, b) => a + b, 0)
)
console.log(
  [].reduce((a, b) => a + b, 0)
)

Without default value

You get a TypeError

console.log(
  [].reduce((a, b) => a + b)
)

Prior to ES6's arrow functions

console.log(
  [1,2,3].reduce(function(acc, val) { return acc + val; }, 0)
)

console.log(
  [].reduce(function(acc, val) { return acc + val; }, 0)
)

Non-number inputs

If non-numbers are possible inputs, you may want to handle that?

console.log(
  ["hi", 1, 2, "frog"].reduce((a, b) => a + b)
)

let numOr0 = n => isNaN(n) ? 0 : n

console.log(
  ["hi", 1, 2, "frog"].reduce((a, b) => 
    numOr0(a) + numOr0(b))
)

Non-recommended dangerous eval use

We can use eval to execute a string representation of JavaScript code. Using the Array.prototype.join function to convert the array to a string, we change [1,2,3] into "1+2+3", which evaluates to 6.

console.log(
  eval([1,2,3].join('+'))
)

//This way is dangerous if the array is built
// from user input as it may be exploited eg: 

eval([1,"2;alert('Malicious code!')"].join('+'))

Of course displaying an alert isn't the worst thing that could happen. The only reason I have included this is as an answer Ortund's question as I do not think it was clarified.

Answer

In Lisp, this'd be exactly the job for reduce. You'd see this kind of code:

(reduce #'+ '(1 2 3)) ; 6

Fortunately, in JavaScript, we also have reduce! Unfortunately, + is an operator, not a function. But we can make it pretty! Here, look:

const sum = [1, 2, 3].reduce(add,0); // with initial value to avoid when the array is empty

function add(accumulator, a) {
    return accumulator + a;
}

console.log(sum); // 6

Isn't that pretty? :-)

Even better! If you're using ECMAScript 2015 (aka ECMAScript 6), it can be this pretty:

const sum = [1, 2, 3].reduce((partial_sum, a) => partial_sum + a,0); 
console.log(sum); // 6
Answer

Why not reduce? It's usually a bit counter intuitive, but using it to find a sum is pretty straightforward:

var a = [1,2,3];
var sum = a.reduce(function(a, b) { return a + b; }, 0);
Answer
var arr = [1,2,3,4];
var total=0;
for(var i in arr) { total += arr[i]; }
Answer
var total = 0;
$.each(arr,function() {
    total += this;
});
Answer

This is possible by looping over all items, and adding them on each iteration to a sum-variable.

var array = [1, 2, 3];

for (var i = 0, sum = 0; i < array.length; sum += array[i++]);

JavaScript doesn't know block scoping, so sum will be accesible:

console.log(sum); // => 6

The same as above, however annotated and prepared as a simple function:

function sumArray(array) {
  for (
    var
      index = 0,              // The iterator
      length = array.length,  // Cache the array length
      sum = 0;                // The total amount
      index < length;         // The "for"-loop condition
      sum += array[index++]   // Add number on each iteration
  );
  return sum;
}
Answer

If you happen to be using Lodash you can use the sum function

array = [1, 2, 3, 4];
sum = _.sum(array); // sum == 10
Answer
arr.reduce(function (a, b) {
    return a + b;
});

Reference: Array.prototype.reduce()

Answer
// Given array 'arr'
var i = arr.length;
var sum = 0;
while (--i) sum += arr[i];

This will take on average 1.57 ms/run (measured over 1000 runs on an array of 100 random normal numbers), compared to 3.604 ms/run with the eval() method above and 2.151 ms/run with a standard for(i,length,++) loop.

Methodology note: this test was run on a Google Apps Script server, so their javascript engines are pretty much the same as Chrome.

EDIT: --i instead of i-- saves 0.12 ms each run (i-- is 1.7)

EDIT: Holy expletive, never mind this whole post. Use the reduce() method mentioned above, it's only 1 ms/run.

Answer

You can also use reduceRight.

[1,2,3,4,5,6].reduceRight(function(a,b){return a+b;})

which results output as 21.

Reference: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Array/ReduceRight

Answer

Anyone looking for a functional oneliner like me? Take this:

sum= arr.reduce(function (a, b) {return a + b;}, 0);
Answer

Funny approach:

eval([1,2,3].join("+"))
Answer

OK, imagine you have this array below:

const arr = [1, 2, 3, 4];

Let's start looking into many different ways to do it as I couldn't find any comprehensive answer here:

1) Using built-in reduce()

function total(arr) {
  if(!Array.isArray(arr)) return;
  return arr.reduce((a, v)=>a + v);
}

2) Using for loop

function total(arr) {
  if(!Array.isArray(arr)) return;
  let totalNumber = 0;
  for (let i=0,l=arr.length; i<l; i++) {
     totalNumber+=arr[i];
  }
  return totalNumber;
}

3) Using while loop

function total(arr) {
  if(!Array.isArray(arr)) return;
  let totalNumber = 0, i=-1;
  while (++i < arr.length) {
     totalNumber+=arr[i];
  }
  return totalNumber;
}

4) Using array forEach

function total(arr) {
  if(!Array.isArray(arr)) return;
  let sum=0;
  arr.forEach(each => {
    sum+=each;
  });
  return sum;
};

and call it like this:

total(arr); //return 10

It's not recommended to prototype something like this to Array...

Answer

A standard JavaScript solution:

var addition = [];
addition.push(2);
addition.push(3);

var total = 0;
for (var i = 0; i < addition.length; i++)
{
    total += addition[i];
}
alert(total);          // Just to output an example
/* console.log(total); // Just to output an example with Firebug */

This works for me (the result should be 5). I hope there is no hidden disadvantage in this kind of solution.

Answer
var totally = eval(arr.join('+'))

That way you can put all kinds of exotic things in the array.

var arr = ['(1/3)','Date.now()','foo','bar()',1,2,3,4]

I'm only half joking.

Answer

I am a beginner with JavaScript and coding in general, but I found that a simple and easy way to sum the numbers in an array is like this:

    var myNumbers = [1,2,3,4,5]
    var total = 0;
    for(var i = 0; i < myNumbers.length; i++){
        total += myNumbers[i];
    }

Basically, I wanted to contribute this because I didn't see many solutions that don't use built-in functions, and this method is easy to write and understand.

Answer

A short piece of JavaScript code would do this job:

var numbers = [1,2,3,4];
var totalAmount = 0;

for (var x = 0; x < numbers.length; x++) {

    totalAmount += numbers[x];
}

console.log(totalAmount); //10 (1+2+3+4)
Answer

A few people have suggested adding a .sum() method to the Array.prototype. This is generally considered bad practice so I'm not suggesting that you do it.

If you still insist on doing it then this is a succinct way of writing it:

Array.prototype.sum = function() {return [].reduce.call(this, (a,i) => a+i, 0);}

then: [1,2].sum(); // 3

Note that the function added to the prototype is using a mixture of ES5 and ES6 function and arrow syntax. The function is declared to allow the method to get the this context from the Array that you're operating on. I used the => for brevity inside the reduce call.

Answer

Here's an elegant one-liner solution that uses stack algorithm, though one may take some time to understand the beauty of this implementation.

const getSum = arr => (arr.length === 1) ? arr[0] : arr.pop() + getSum(arr);

getSum([1, 2, 3, 4, 5]) //15

Basically, the function accepts an array and checks whether the array contains exactly one item. If false, it pop the last item out of the stack and return the updated array.

The beauty of this snippet is that the function includes arr[0] checking to prevent infinite looping. Once it reaches the last item, it returns the entire sum.

Answer

You can combine reduce() method with lambda expression:

[1, 2, 3, 4].reduce((accumulator, currentValue) => accumulator + currentValue);
Answer

Use a for loop:

const array = [1, 2, 3, 4];
let result = 0;

for (let i = 0; i < array.length - 1; i++) {
  result += array[i];
}

console.log(sum); // Should give 10

Or even a forEach loop:

const array = [1, 2, 3, 4];
let result = 0;

array.forEach(number => {
  result += number;
})

console.log(result); // Should give 10

For simplicity:

const array = [10, 20, 30, 40];
const add = (a, b) => a + b
const result = array.reduce(add);

console.log(result); // Should give 100
Answer

Use reduce

let arr = [1, 2, 3, 4];

let sum = arr.reduce((v, i) => (v + i));

console.log(sum);

Answer

No need to initial value! Because if no initial value is passed, the callback function is not invoked on the first element of the list, and the first element is instead passed as the initial value. Very cOOl feature :)

[1, 2, 3, 4].reduce((a, x) => a + x) // 10
[1, 2, 3, 4].reduce((a, x) => a * x) // 24
[1, 2, 3, 4].reduce((a, x) => Math.max(a, x)) // 4
[1, 2, 3, 4].reduce((a, x) => Math.min(a, x)) // 1
Answer

i saw all answers going for 'reduce' solution

var array = [1,2,3,4]
var total = 0
for (var i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
    total += array[i]
}
console.log(total)
Answer

Cool tricks here, I've got a nit pick with a lot of the safe traditional answers not caching the length of the array.

function arraySum(array){
  var total = 0,
      len = array.length;

  for (var i = 0; i < len; i++){
    total += array[i];
  }

  return total;
};

var my_array = [1,2,3,4];

// Returns 10
console.log( arraySum( my_array ) );

Without caching the length of the array the JS compiler needs to go through the array with every iteration of the loop to calculate the length, it's unnecessary overhead in most cases. V8 and a lot of modern browsers optimize this for us, so it is less of a concern then it was, but there are older devices that benefit from this simple caching.

If the length is subject to change, caching's that could cause some unexpected side effects if you're unaware of why you're caching the length, but for a reusable function who's only purpose is to take an array and add the values together it's a great fit.

Here's a CodePen link for this arraySum function. http://codepen.io/brandonbrule/pen/ZGEJyV

It's possible this is an outdated mindset that's stuck with me, but I don't see a disadvantage to using it in this context.

Answer

Those are really great answers, but just in case if the numbers are in sequence like in the question ( 1,2,3,4) you can easily do that by applying the formula (n*(n+1))/2 where n is the last number

Answer
Object.defineProperty(Object.prototype, 'sum', {
    enumerable:false,
    value:function() {
        var t=0;for(var i in this)
            if (!isNaN(this[i]))
                t+=this[i];
        return t;
    }
});

[20,25,27.1].sum()                 // 72.1
[10,"forty-two",23].sum()          // 33
[Math.PI,0,-1,1].sum()             // 3.141592653589793
[Math.PI,Math.E,-1000000000].sum() // -999999994.1401255

o = {a:1,b:31,c:"roffelz",someOtherProperty:21.52}
console.log(o.sum());              // 53.519999999999996
Answer

This is much easier

function sumArray(arr) {
    var total = 0;
    arr.forEach(function(element){
        total += element;
    })
    return total;
}

var sum = sumArray([1,2,3,4])

console.log(sum)
Answer

A simple method example:

function add(array){
    var arraylength = array.length;
    var sum = 0;
    for(var timesToMultiply = 0; timesToMultiply<arraylength; timesToMultiply++){
        sum += array[timesToMultiply];
    }

    return sum;
}

console.log(add([1, 2, 3, 4]));
Answer

Increase Accuracy: sort array and start sum form smallest numbers

[...arr].sort().reduce((a,c)=>a+c,0)

arr=[.6,9,.1,.1,.1,.1]

sum     =             arr.reduce((a,c)=>a+c,0)
sortSum = [...arr].sort().reduce((a,c)=>a+c,0)

console.log('sum:     ',sum);
console.log('sortSum:',sortSum);
console.log('sum==sortSum :', sum==sortSum);

For multidimensional array of numbers use arr.flat(Infinity)

arr= [ [ [1,2,3,4],[1,2,3,4],[1,2,3,4] ],
       [ [1,2,3,4],[1,2,3,4],[1,2,3,4] ] ];
      
sum = arr.flat(Infinity).reduce((a,c)=> a+c,0);

console.log(sum);  // 60

Answer

When the array consists of strings one has to alter the code. This can be the case, if the array is a result from a databank request. This code works:

alert(
["1", "2", "3", "4"].reduce((a, b) => Number(a) + Number(b), 0)
);

Here, ["1", "2", "3", "4"] ist the string array and the function Number() converts the strings to numbers.

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