A falsy (sometimes written falsey) value is a value that is considered false when encountered in a Boolean context.

JavaScript uses type conversion to coerce any value to a Boolean in contexts that require it, such as conditionals and loops.

There are 8 falsy values:

false The keyword false
0 The number zero
-0 The number negative zero
0n BigInt, when used as a boolean, follows the same rule as a Number. 0n is falsy.

Empty string value

null null - the absence of any value
undefined undefined - the primitive value
NaN NaN - not a number

Objects are falsy if and only if they have the [[IsHTMLDDA]] internal slot. This slot only exists in document.all and cannot be set using JavaScript.


Examples of falsy values in JavaScript (which are coerced to false in Boolean contexts, and thus bypass the if block):

if (false)
if (null)
if (undefined)
if (0)
if (-0)
if (0n)
if (NaN)
if ("")

The logical AND operator, &&

If the first object is falsy, it returns that object

false && "dog"
// ↪ false

0 && "dog"
// ↪ 0


ECMAScript (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'ToBoolean abstract operation' in that specification.

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