The lastIndexOf() method returns the last index at which a given element can be found in the array, or -1 if it is not present. The array is searched backwards, starting at fromIndex.


<var>arr</var>.lastIndexOf(<var>searchElement</var>[, <var>fromIndex</var> = arr.length - 1])


Element to locate in the array.
Optional. The index at which to start searching backwards. Defaults to the array's length minus one, i.e. the whole array will be searched. If the index is greater than or equal to the length of the array, the whole array will be searched. If negative, it is taken as the offset from the end of the array. Note that even when the index is negative, the array is still searched from back to front. If the calculated index is less than 0, -1 is returned, i.e. the array will not be searched.

Return value

The last index of the element in the array; -1 if not found.


lastIndexOf compares searchElement to elements of the Array using strict equality (the same method used by the ===, or triple-equals, operator).


Using lastIndexOf

The following example uses lastIndexOf to locate values in an array.

var array = [2, 5, 9, 2];
array.lastIndexOf(2);     // 3
array.lastIndexOf(7);     // -1
array.lastIndexOf(2, 3);  // 3
array.lastIndexOf(2, 2);  // 0
array.lastIndexOf(2, -2); // 0
array.lastIndexOf(2, -1); // 3

Finding all the occurrences of an element

The following example uses lastIndexOf to find all the indices of an element in a given array, using push to add them to another array as they are found.

var indices = [];
var array = ['a', 'b', 'a', 'c', 'a', 'd'];
var element = 'a';
var idx = array.lastIndexOf(element);
while (idx != -1) {
  idx = (idx > 0 ? array.lastIndexOf(element, idx - 1) : -1);

// [4, 2, 0]

Note that we have to handle the case idx == 0 separately here because the element will always be found regardless of the fromIndex parameter if it is the first element of the array. This is different from the indexOf method.


lastIndexOf was added to the ECMA-262 standard in the 5th edition; as such it may not be present in other implementations of the standard. You can work around this by inserting the following code at the beginning of your scripts, allowing use of lastIndexOf in implementations which do not natively support it. This algorithm is exactly the one specified in ECMA-262, 5th edition, assuming Object, TypeError, Number, Math.floor, Math.abs, and Math.min have their original values.

// Production steps of ECMA-262, Edition 5,
// Reference:
if (!Array.prototype.lastIndexOf) {
  Array.prototype.lastIndexOf = function(searchElement /*, fromIndex*/) {
    'use strict';

    if (this === void 0 || this === null) {
      throw new TypeError();

    var n, k,
      t = Object(this),
      len = t.length >>> 0;
    if (len === 0) {
      return -1;

    n = len - 1;
    if (arguments.length > 1) {
      n = Number(arguments[1]);
      if (n != n) {
        n = 0;
      else if (n != 0 && n != (1 / 0) && n != -(1 / 0)) {
        n = (n > 0 || -1) * Math.floor(Math.abs(n));

    for (k = n >= 0 ? Math.min(n, len - 1) : len - Math.abs(n); k >= 0; k--) {
      if (k in t && t[k] === searchElement) {
        return k;
    return -1;

Again, note that this implementation aims for absolute compatibility with lastIndexOf in Firefox and the SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine, including in several cases which are arguably edge cases. If you intend to use this in real-world applications, you may be able to calculate from with less complicated code if you ignore those cases.


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array.prototype.lastIndexOf' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.6.
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array.prototype.lastIndexOf' in that specification.
ECMAScript 2017 Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Array.prototype.lastIndexOf' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 9 (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

Compatibility notes

  • Starting with Firefox 47 (Firefox 47 / Thunderbird 47 / SeaMonkey 2.44),  this method will no longer return -0. For example, [0].lastIndexOf(0, -0) will now always return +0 (bug 1242043).

See also


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