Strict equality


why this code return true ?

Because the number 123 is exactly the same as the number 123.0 (or 123.00, or 123.000, you get the idea).

Strict equality means that JS won’t use coercion to test for equality. It doesn’t mean that the two numbers have to be written exactly the same in order to be considered equal. For example:

10/5 === 2

is going to give you true as well.


Unlike many other languages, javascript doesn’t see a difference between an integer and a floating-point number. They’re simply both numbers.

Strict equality won’t pass with 123==="123" as they are different types, and strict equality does not allow conversion between types (called “coercion”).

Now I’m wondering, though (and I’m on my phone so i can’t test) does Number(123)===BigInt(123)?

@snowmonkey No BigInt and Number are not the same type.

0n === 0
// false

0n == 0
// true

As said, strict equality deals with the type. ECMAScript has two built-in numeric types: Number and BigInt. An Integer and a Float is the same type (Number), the equality checks the values. There can be some funkiness caused by imprecision.

100 === 100.00000000000001

100 === 100.000000000000001

If you want to check that a value is an Integer you can use a method like isInteger.

Some more random console logs:

-0 === +0
// true

100000000 === 100_000_000
// true

1000000000 === 1e9
// true

Number - JavaScript | MDN
BigInt - JavaScript | MDN
Number.isInteger() - JavaScript | MDN


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Right, 123.0 gets stored exactly the same (in JS). For example:

// 123
// 123
// 123

JS doesn’t store trailing decimal zeroes. I assume that it just stores all numbers as a float.

Thank you! I actually read a great post by J.R.Sinclair about a writing a custom math library using BigInt, as a means of avoiding the floating point issue, and as i recall that was one of my main sticking points - in order to use them with regular number values, one or the other must be coerced.

Fun topic, but the gist is that js doesn’t distinguish between ints and floats.

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