How can I change the default behavior of console.log in Safari?

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In Safari with no add-ons, console.log will show the object at the last state of execution, not at the state when console.log was called.

I have to clone the object just to output it via console.log to get the state of the object at that line.


var test = {a: true}
console.log(test); // {a: false}
test.a = false; 
console.log(test); // {a: false}

First answer

I think you’re looking for console.dir().

console.log() doesn’t do what you want because it prints a reference to the object, and by the time you pop it open, it’s changed. console.dir prints a directory of the properties in the object at the time you call it.

The JSON idea below is a good one; you could even go on to parse the JSON string and get a browsable object like what .dir() would give you:


Second answer

Vanilla JS:

@evan’s answer seems best here. Just (ab)use JSON.parse/stringify to effectively make a copy of the object.


JQuery specific solution:

You can create a snapshot of an object at a certain point in time with jQuery.extend

console.log($.extend({}, test));

What is actually happening here is jQuery is creating a new object with the test object’s content, and logging that (so it will not change).

AngularJS (1) specific solution:

Angular provides a copy function that can be used to the same effect: angular.copy


Vanilla JS wrapper function:

Here is an function which wraps console.log but will make a copy of any objects before logging them out.

I wrote this in response to a few similar but less robust functions in the answers. It supports multiple arguments, and will not try to copy things if they are not regular objects.

function consoleLogWithObjectCopy () {
  var args = [];
  var argsWithObjectCopies =
  return console.log.apply(console, argsWithObjectCopies)

function copyIfRegularObject (o) {
  const isRegularObject = typeof o === 'object' && !(o instanceof RegExp)
  return isRegularObject ? copyObject(o) : o

function copyObject (o) {
  return JSON.parse(JSON.stringify(o))

example usage: consoleLogWithObjectCopy('obj', {foo: 'bar'}, 1, /abc/, {a: 1})

Third answer

That > Object in the console, isn’t only showing the current state. It actually is deferring reading the object and it’s properties until you expand it.

For example,

var test = {a: true}
setTimeout(function () {
    test.a = false; 
}, 4000);

Then expand the first call, it will be correct, if you do it before the second console.log returns

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