What is call() method in JavaScript

Recently I wrote post on What is Bind method in JavaScript . In this post we will take a look on call method in JavaScript.

Using call() method you can invoke a function on given object. Let us understand with some example. Consider that you have a function GreetingMessage() as following ,

function GreetingMessage() {

alert("Hello Geek !");

And you have an object Student as following,

var Student = {};

You can call function GreetingMessage on object Student as following,


As output you should get following output,


First argument of call() method is object. After second argument onwards are values to the functions being invoked. So if you have a function as following with parameter.

function GreetingMessage(name) {

alert("Hello "+ name);

var Student = {};


We are passing dj as second argument of call method. So it become parameter to GreetingMessage() function. You will get output of above code snippet as following


First argument you pass in call() method can be referred with this operator in function. Consider below example, in this we are accessing property of object with this in function.

 function GreetingMessage() {

alert("Hello "+ this.name);

var Student = {

name :"dj"



To summarize,

  • Call() method takes at least one parameter.
  • First parameter is object on which function to be invoked
  • Second parameter onwards get passed to the function to be invoked.

This was a brief introduction of call() method is JavaScript. I hope you find this post useful. Thanks for reading.

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