JavaScript Arrays : forEach vs map Methods

Last Updated On Sunday 8th May 2022

MDN’s Definition for forEach and map Methods

  • forEach() method executes a provided function once for each array element.
  • map() method creates a new array populated with the results of calling a provided function on every element in the calling Array.
	const grp = [0,1,2,3,4,5];

forEach() mutates the original data and has no return value.

	const newGrp= grp.forEach(num => num * 4);

console.log(newGrp); // undefined

On the other hand, map() does not mutate the original data. It returns a new array.

	const newGrp = => num * 4);

console.log(newGrp) // [ 0,4,8,12,16,20 ]


  • forEach is more performant when compared to map is less performant.
  • return value for forEach is undefined while map returns new Array.

forEach() may be preferable when you’re not trying to change the data in your array.