What Is a Closure in JavaScript

InstructorJohn Lindquist

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When working with closures you'll often hear the words "capture", "wrap", or "enclose". The entire idea behind a closure is to take a variable outside of the function and use that variable inside the function. A closure enables patterns for passing around functions that can manage buffers, caches, and values that can travel with the function.

felikf
~ 4 months ago

Isn't this just accessing a global variable? Don't we need an enclosing function to create a closure?

function outer(i) {
  let closureVar = '1';

  return function inner() {
    console.log(closureVar + i);
  }
}

outer(1)();
Cree
~ 3 months ago

From https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Closures

 A closure is the combination of a function bundled together (enclosed) with references to its surrounding state (the lexical environment).

So this is still a valid example of a closure since it is a function that is accessing the state of its surrounding environment.