Immutable data encourages pure functions (data-in, data-out) and lends itself to much simpler application development and enabling techniques from functional programming such as lazy evaluation.

While designed to bring these powerful functional concepts to JavaScript, it presents an Object-Oriented API familiar to Javascript engineers and closely mirroring that of Array, Map, and Set. It is easy and efficient to convert to and from plain Javascript types.

How to read these docs

In order to better explain what kinds of values the Immutable.js API expects and produces, this documentation is presented in a statically typed dialect of JavaScript (like Flow or TypeScript). You don't need to use these type checking tools in order to use Immutable.js, however becoming familiar with their syntax will help you get a deeper understanding of this API.

A few examples and how to read them.

All methods describe the kinds of data they accept and the kinds of data they return. For example a function which accepts two numbers and returns a number would look like this:

sum(first: number, second: number): number

Sometimes, methods can accept different kinds of data or return different kinds of data, and this is described with a type variable, which are typically in all-caps. For example, a function which always returns the same kind of data it was provided would look like this:

identity<T>(value: T): T

Type variables are defined with classes and referred to in methods. For example, a class that holds onto a value for you might look like this:

class Box<T> { constructor(value: T) getValue(): T }

In order to manipulate Immutable data, methods that we're used to affecting a Collection instead return a new Collection of the same type. The type this refers to the same kind of class. For example, a List which returns new Lists when you push a value onto it might look like:

class List<T> { push(value: T): this }

Many methods in Immutable.js accept values which implement the JavaScript Iterable protocol, and might appear like Iterable<string> for something which represents sequence of strings. Typically in JavaScript we use plain Arrays ([]) when an Iterable is expected, but also all of the Immutable.js collections are iterable themselves!

For example, to get a value deep within a structure of data, we might use getIn which expects an Iterable path:

getIn(path: Iterable<string | number>): any

To use this method, we could pass an array: data.getIn([ "key", 2 ]).

Note: All examples are presented in the modern ES2015 version of JavaScript. To run in older browsers, they need to be translated to ES3.

For example:

// ES2015 const mappedFoo = foo.map(x => x * x); // ES3 var mappedFoo = foo.map(function (x) { return x * x; });

API

fromJS()

Deeply converts plain JS objects and arrays to Immutable Maps and Lists.

is()

Value equality check with semantics similar to Object.is, but treats Immutable Collections as values, equal if the second Collection includes equivalent values.

hash()

The hash() function is an important part of how Immutable determines if two values are equivalent and is used to determine how to store those values. Provided with any value, hash() will return a 31-bit integer.

isImmutable()

True if maybeImmutable is an Immutable Collection or Record.

isCollection()

True if maybeCollection is a Collection, or any of its subclasses.

isKeyed()

True if maybeKeyed is a Collection.Keyed, or any of its subclasses.

isIndexed()

True if maybeIndexed is a Collection.Indexed, or any of its subclasses.

isAssociative()

True if maybeAssociative is either a Keyed or Indexed Collection.

isOrdered()

True if maybeOrdered is a Collection where iteration order is well defined. True for Collection.Indexed as well as OrderedMap and OrderedSet.

isValueObject()

True if maybeValue is a JavaScript Object which has both equals() and hashCode() methods.

ValueObject

List

Lists are ordered indexed dense collections, much like a JavaScript Array.

Map

Immutable Map is an unordered Collection.Keyed of (key, value) pairs with O(log32 N) gets and O(log32 N) persistent sets.

OrderedMap

A type of Map that has the additional guarantee that the iteration order of entries will be the order in which they were set().

Set

A Collection of unique values with O(log32 N) adds and has.

OrderedSet

A type of Set that has the additional guarantee that the iteration order of values will be the order in which they were added.

Stack

Stacks are indexed collections which support very efficient O(1) addition and removal from the front using unshift(v) and shift().

Range()

Returns a Seq.Indexed of numbers from start (inclusive) to end (exclusive), by step, where start defaults to 0, step to 1, and end to infinity. When start is equal to end, returns empty range.

Repeat()

Returns a Seq.Indexed of value repeated times times. When times is not defined, returns an infinite Seq of value.

Record

Creates a new Class which produces Record instances. A record is similar to a JS object, but enforce a specific set of allowed string keys, and have default values.

Seq

Represents a sequence of values, but may not be backed by a concrete data structure.

Collection

The Collection is a set of (key, value) entries which can be iterated, and is the base class for all collections in immutable, allowing them to make use of all the Collection methods (such as map and filter).