How can I get the full object in Node.js's console.log(), rather than '[Object]'?


Question

When debugging using console.log(), how can I get the full object?

const myObject = {
   "a":"a",
   "b":{
      "c":"c",
      "d":{
         "e":"e",
         "f":{
            "g":"g",
            "h":{
               "i":"i"
            }
         }
      }
   }
};    
console.log(myObject);

Outputs:

{ a: 'a', b: { c: 'c', d: { e: 'e', f: [Object] } } }

But I want to also see the content of property f.

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8/15/2016 9:51:55 AM

Accepted Answer

You need to use util.inspect():

const util = require('util')

console.log(util.inspect(myObject, {showHidden: false, depth: null}))

// alternative shortcut
console.log(util.inspect(myObject, false, null, true /* enable colors */))

Outputs

{ a: 'a',  b: { c: 'c', d: { e: 'e', f: { g: 'g', h: { i: 'i' } } } } }

See util.inspect() docs.

1238
9/4/2018 6:28:55 PM

You can use JSON.stringify, and get some nice indentation as well as perhaps easier to remember syntax.

console.log(JSON.stringify(myObject, null, 4));

{
    "a": "a",
    "b": {
        "c": "c",
        "d": {
            "e": "e",
            "f": {
                "g": "g",
                "h": {
                    "i": "i"
                }
            }
        }
    }
}

The third argument sets the indentation level, so you can adjust that as desired.

More detail here if needed:

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/JSON/stringify


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