JavaScript For Loop

The JavaScript For Loop is used to repeat a block of statements for a given number of times until the given condition is False. It is one of the most commonly used ones. Let us see the syntax of the for loop.

JavaScript for loop Syntax

for (initialization; test condition; increment/decrement operator)
    //Statement 1
    //Statement 2
    //Statement n

In JavaScript for loop, there are three expressions separated by semi-colons (;), and the execution of these expressions is as follows:

  • Initialization: Javascript For loop starts with the initialization statement. So, the initialization of counters variables is done first (For example, counter =1 or i=1.). The initialization section is executed only once at the beginning.
  • Test Condition: The value of the counter variable will test against the test condition. If it is True, it will execute the statements inside it. If the condition fails, the JavaScript For loop will terminate.
  • Increment and decrement operator: This expression will execute after the end of each iteration. This Increment and decrement operator helps to increase or decrease the counter variable, as per our requirement.

JavaScript For Loop Example

This program allows the user to enter any integer values. Then JavaScript for loop program will calculate the sum of natural numbers up to the user entered number.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title> Example</title>

    <h1> JS example </h1>
    var i, number = 10, total = 0;
    for (i = 1; i <= number; i++)
        total = total + i;
    document.write("<b>Sum of N Natural Numbers is </b>= " + total);  
JavaScript For Loop 1


  1. In this JavaScript For Loop example, First, We declared the number variable and assigned the value of 10, and the total variable will initialize to 0.
  2. Next, we will check whether the counter variable (i) is less than or equal to a number.
  3. If the condition results are true, i added them to the total. Otherwise, it will exit from it. At the start of it, i =1 and n =10, so the condition will be True until i value is incremented to 11.
  4. In the next section, we used the ++ operator to increment the i value. After the incrementing process, it will repeat the process until the expression results as False (until I =11).

JavaScript For Loop Features

The For loop in JavaScript has the flexibility to omit one or more sections from the declaration. Although we can skip one or more sections from it, we must put the semicolon (;) in place; otherwise, it will throw a compilation error.

Initialization of the counter variable can skip in JavaScript For Loop.

int i=1;

for( ;i<=10;i++)

Here, the counter variable is declared before.

Like initialization, we can skip the increment part because the incrementing part declares inside the body.

int i=1;

for( ;i<=20; )

JavaScript For loop allows us to initialize more than one counter variable at a time with comma separate:

for(i=1,j=20; i<j; i++)

It also allows using multiple conditions. Instead of using a comma, we have to use the logical operator to separate the two condition

for(i=1,j=20; i<=10 && j>=20; i++)

Like the test condition, JavaScript for loop allows us to use more than one increment operator as follows

for(i=1,j=1; i<=10 && j<=10; i++, j++)

NOTE: For the initialization, increment, and decrement operator section, we can use commas to separate multiple declarations. To separate the test conditions, you must use a Logical Operator to join conditions.

Nested For Loop in JavaScript

We will nest one for loop inside another, called nested for loop.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title> Nested </title>

    <h1> JS Nested </h1>
    var i, j;
    for (i = 9; i <= 10; i++)
        for (j = 1; j <= 10; j++)
            document.write(i + "*" + j + "=: " + (i * j) + "<br \>"); 
JS Nested
9*1=: 9
9*2=: 18
9*3=: 27
9*4=: 36
9*5=: 45
9*6=: 54
9*7=: 63
9*8=: 72
9*9=: 81
9*10=: 90
10*1=: 10
10*2=: 20
10*3=: 30
10*4=: 40
10*5=: 50
10*6=: 60
10*7=: 70
10*8=: 80
10*9=: 90
10*10=: 100


The above program for JavaScript For Loop example will print multiplication tables for 9 and 10. First, i initialized to value nine, and then it will check whether i is less than or equal to 10. This condition is True until i reach 11. Then, if this condition is True, it will enter the second one. Otherwise, it will exit.

In the second JavaScript for loop, j initializes to value 1. Next, it will check whether i is less than or equal to 10. This condition is True until i reach 11.

Iteration 1: i = 9, and the condition is True. So entered the second one. j =1 and j <=10 condition is True, so the statement inside the loop is printed

9 * 1 = 9

Now the value of j will increment to 2

9 * 2 = 9

it will repeat the process up to 10.

Now the value of j is 11, and the condition fails so that it will exit from the second. However, it will only exit from the inner or Second but not from the entire loop.

Iteration 2: i = 10, and the condition is True, so repeat the above process

Iteration 3: i = 11, and the condition is False. So, JavaScript For loop terminates. No need to check the second one.

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