This page is Ready to Use

Notice: The WebPlatform project, supported by various stewards between 2012 and 2015, has been discontinued. This site is now available on github.



Calls the function, substituting the specified object for the this value of the function, and the specified array for the arguments of the function.


apply([ thisObj [, argArray ]])
Optional. The object to be used as the this object.
Optional. A set of arguments to be passed to the function.


The following code shows how to use the apply method.

function callMe(arg1, arg2){
     var s = "";

     s += "this value: " + this;
     s += "<br />";
     for (i in callMe.arguments) {
         s += "arguments: " + callMe.arguments[i];
         s += "<br />";
     return s;

 document.write("Original function: <br/>");
 document.write(callMe(1, 2));

 document.write("Function called with apply: <br/>");
 document.write(callMe.apply(3, [ 4, 5 ]));

 // Output:
 // Original function:
 // this value: [object Window]
 // arguments: 1
 // arguments: 2

 // Function called with apply:
 // this value: 3
 // arguments: 4
 // arguments: 5


If argArray is not a valid object, then an “Object expected” error occurs.

If neither argArray nor thisObj are supplied, the original this object is used as thisObj and no arguments are passed.

See also

Other articles


  • Microsoft Developer Network: Article