Require Object Literal Shorthand Syntax (object-shorthand)

EcmaScript 6 provides a concise form for defining object literal methods and properties. This syntax can make defining complex object literals much cleaner.

Here are a few common examples using the ES5 syntax:

// properties
var foo = {
    x: x,
    y: y,
    z: z,

// methods
var foo = {
    a: function() {},
    b: function() {}

Now here are ES6 equivalents:

// properties
var foo = {x, y, z};

// methods
var foo = {
    a() {},
    b() {}

Rule Details

This rule enforces the use of the shorthand syntax. This applies to all methods (including generators) defined on object literals and any properties defined where the key name matches name of the assigned variable.

Each of the following properties would warn:

var foo = {
    x: function() {},
    y: function *() {},
    z: z

In that case the expected syntax would have been:

var foo = {
    x() {},
    *y() {},

This rule does not flag arrow functions inside of object literals. The following will not warn:

var foo = {
    x: (y) => y


The rule takes an option which specifies when it should be applied. It can be set to “always”, “properties”, “methods”, or “never”. The default is “always”.

  1. "always" expects that the shorthand will be used whenever possible.
  2. "methods" ensures the method shorthand is used (also applies to generators).
  3. "properties ensures the property shorthand is used (where the key and variable name match).
  4. "never" ensures that no property or method shorthand is used in any object literal.

You can set the option in configuration like this:

"object-shorthand": [2, "always"]

When Not To Use It

Anyone not yet in an ES6 environment would not want to apply this rule. Others may find the terseness of the shorthand syntax harder to read and may not want to encourage it with this rule.

Further Reading

Object initializer - MDN


This rule was introduced in ESLint 0.20.0.