The JavaScript Continue Statement Explained with Examples


The continue statement terminates execution of the statements in the current iteration of the current or labeled loop, and continues execution of the loop with the next iteration.


If the continue statement is used in a labeled statement, the syntax is as follows:

continue labelName;

In contrast to the break statement, continue does not terminate the execution of the loop entirely; instead:

  • In a while loop, it jumps back to the condition.
  • In a for loop, it jumps to the update expression.


The following example shows a while loop that has a continue statement that executes when the value of i is 3. Thus, n takes on the values 1, 3, 7, and 12.

var i = 0;
var n = 0;

while (i < 5) {

  if (i === 3) {

  n += i;
  console.log (n);

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In the following example, a loop iterates from 1 through 9. The statements between continue and the end of the for body are skipped because of the use of the continue statement together with the expression (i < 5) .

for (var i = 1; i < 10; i++) {
    if (i < 5) {
    console.log (i);

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