Sort array of objects by string property value


I have an array of JavaScript objects:

var objs = [ 
    { first_nom: 'Lazslo', last_nom: 'Jamf'     },
    { first_nom: 'Pig',    last_nom: 'Bodine'   },
    { first_nom: 'Pirate', last_nom: 'Prentice' }
];

How can I sort them by the value of last_nom in JavaScript?

I know about sort(a,b), but that only seems to work on strings and numbers. Do I need to add a toString() method to my objects?

It's easy enough to write your own comparison function:

function compare( a, b ) {
  if ( a.last_nom < b.last_nom ){
    return -1;
  }
  if ( a.last_nom > b.last_nom ){
    return 1;
  }
  return 0;
}

objs.sort( compare );

Or inline (c/o Marco Demaio):

objs.sort((a,b) => (a.last_nom > b.last_nom) ? 1 : ((b.last_nom > a.last_nom) ? -1 : 0)); 

You can also create a dynamic sort function that sorts objects by their value that you pass:

function dynamicSort(property) {
    var sortOrder = 1;
    if(property[0] === "-") {
        sortOrder = -1;
        property = property.substr(1);
    }
    return function (a,b) {
        /* next line works with strings and numbers, 
         * and you may want to customize it to your needs
         */
        var result = (a[property] < b[property]) ? -1 : (a[property] > b[property]) ? 1 : 0;
        return result * sortOrder;
    }
}

So you can have an array of objects like this:

var People = [
    {Name: "Name", Surname: "Surname"},
    {Name:"AAA", Surname:"ZZZ"},
    {Name: "Name", Surname: "AAA"}
];

...and it will work when you do:

People.sort(dynamicSort("Name"));
People.sort(dynamicSort("Surname"));
People.sort(dynamicSort("-Surname"));

Actually this already answers the question. Below part is written because many people contacted me, complaining that it doesn't work with multiple parameters.

Multiple Parameters

You can use the function below to generate sort functions with multiple sort parameters.

function dynamicSortMultiple() {
    /*
     * save the arguments object as it will be overwritten
     * note that arguments object is an array-like object
     * consisting of the names of the properties to sort by
     */
    var props = arguments;
    return function (obj1, obj2) {
        var i = 0, result = 0, numberOfProperties = props.length;
        /* try getting a different result from 0 (equal)
         * as long as we have extra properties to compare
         */
        while(result === 0 && i < numberOfProperties) {
            result = dynamicSort(props[i])(obj1, obj2);
            i++;
        }
        return result;
    }
}

Which would enable you to do something like this:

People.sort(dynamicSortMultiple("Name", "-Surname"));

Subclassing Array

For the lucky among us who can use ES6, which allows extending the native objects:

class MyArray extends Array {
    sortBy(...args) {
        return this.sort(dynamicSortMultiple.apply(null, args));
    }
}

That would enable this:

MyArray.from(People).sortBy("Name", "-Surname");

In ES6/ES2015 or later you can do this way:

objs.sort((a, b) => a.last_nom.localeCompare(b.last_nom));

Prior to ES6/ES2015

objs.sort(function(a, b) {
    return a.last_nom.localeCompare(b.last_nom)
});

underscore.js

use underscore, its small and awesome...

sortBy_.sortBy(list, iterator, [context]) Returns a sorted copy of list, ranked in ascending order by the results of running each value through iterator. Iterator may also be the string name of the property to sort by (eg. length).

var objs = [ 
  { first_nom: 'Lazslo',last_nom: 'Jamf' },
  { first_nom: 'Pig', last_nom: 'Bodine'  },
  { first_nom: 'Pirate', last_nom: 'Prentice' }
];

var sortedObjs = _.sortBy( objs, 'first_nom' );

Don't get why people make it so complicated:

objs.sort(function(a, b){
  return a.last_nom > b.last_nom;
});

For stricter engines:

objs.sort(function(a, b){
  return a.last_nom == b.last_nom ? 0 : +(a.last_nom > b.last_nom) || -1;
});

Swap the operator to have it sorted by reverse alphabetical order.


If you have duplicate last names you might sort those by first name-

obj.sort(function(a,b){
  if(a.last_nom< b.last_nom) return -1;
  if(a.last_nom >b.last_nom) return 1;
  if(a.first_nom< b.first_nom) return -1;
  if(a.first_nom >b.first_nom) return 1;
  return 0;
});

Simple and quick solution to this problem using prototype inheritance:

Array.prototype.sortBy = function(p) {
  return this.slice(0).sort(function(a,b) {
    return (a[p] > b[p]) ? 1 : (a[p] < b[p]) ? -1 : 0;
  });
}

Example / Usage

objs = [{age:44,name:'vinay'},{age:24,name:'deepak'},{age:74,name:'suresh'}];

objs.sortBy('age');
// Returns
// [{"age":24,"name":"deepak"},{"age":44,"name":"vinay"},{"age":74,"name":"suresh"}]

objs.sortBy('name');
// Returns
// [{"age":24,"name":"deepak"},{"age":74,"name":"suresh"},{"age":44,"name":"vinay"}]

Update: No longer modifies original array.


As of 2018 there is a much shorter and elegant solution. Just use. Array.prototype.sort().

Example:

var items = [
  { name: 'Edward', value: 21 },
  { name: 'Sharpe', value: 37 },
  { name: 'And', value: 45 },
  { name: 'The', value: -12 },
  { name: 'Magnetic', value: 13 },
  { name: 'Zeros', value: 37 }
];

// sort by value
items.sort(function (a, b) {
  return a.value - b.value;
});

Instead of using a custom comparison function, you could also create an object type with custom toString() method (which is invoked by the default comparison function):

function Person(firstName, lastName) {
    this.firtName = firstName;
    this.lastName = lastName;
}

Person.prototype.toString = function() {
    return this.lastName + ', ' + this.firstName;
}

var persons = [ new Person('Lazslo', 'Jamf'), ...]
persons.sort();

You can use

Easiest Way: Lodash

(https://lodash.com/docs/4.17.10#orderBy)

This method is like _.sortBy except that it allows specifying the sort orders of the iteratees to sort by. If orders is unspecified, all values are sorted in ascending order. Otherwise, specify an order of "desc" for descending or "asc" for ascending sort order of corresponding values.

Arguments

collection (Array|Object): The collection to iterate over. [iteratees=[_.identity]] (Array[]|Function[]|Object[]|string[]): The iteratees to sort by. [orders] (string[]): The sort orders of iteratees.

Returns

(Array): Returns the new sorted array.


var _ = require('lodash');
var homes = [
    {"h_id":"3",
     "city":"Dallas",
     "state":"TX",
     "zip":"75201",
     "price":"162500"},
    {"h_id":"4",
     "city":"Bevery Hills",
     "state":"CA",
     "zip":"90210",
     "price":"319250"},
    {"h_id":"6",
     "city":"Dallas",
     "state":"TX",
     "zip":"75000",
     "price":"556699"},
    {"h_id":"5",
     "city":"New York",
     "state":"NY",
     "zip":"00010",
     "price":"962500"}
    ];

_.orderBy(homes, ['city', 'state', 'zip'], ['asc', 'desc', 'asc']);

Old answer that is not correct:

arr.sort((a, b) => a.name > b.name)

UPDATE

From Beauchamp's comment:

arr.sort((a, b) => a.name < b.name ? -1 : (a.name > b.name ? 1 : 0))

More readable format:

arr.sort((a, b) => {
  if (a.name < b.name) return -1
  return a.name > b.name ? 1 : 0
})

Without nested ternaries:

arr.sort((a, b) => a.name < b.name ? - 1 : Number(a.name > b.name))

Explanation: Number() will cast true to 1 and false to 0.


Lodash.js (superset of Underscore.js)

It's good not to add a framework for every simple piece of logic, but relying on well tested utility frameworks can speed up development and reduce the amount of bugs.

Lodash produces very clean code and promotes a more functional programming style. In one glimpse it becomes clear what the intent of the code is.

OP's issue can simply be solved as:

const sortedObjs = _.sortBy(objs, 'last_nom');

More info? E.g. we have following nested object:

const users = [
  { 'user': {'name':'fred', 'age': 48}},
  { 'user': {'name':'barney', 'age': 36 }},
  { 'user': {'name':'wilma'}},
  { 'user': {'name':'betty', 'age': 32}}
];

We now can use the _.property shorthand user.age to specify the path to the property that should be matched. We will sort the user objects by the nested age property. Yes, it allows for nested property matching!

const sortedObjs = _.sortBy(users, ['user.age']);

Want it reversed? No problem. Use _.reverse.

const sortedObjs = _.reverse(_.sortBy(users, ['user.age']));

Want to combine both using chain?

const { chain } = require('lodash');
const sortedObjs = chain(users).sortBy('user.age').reverse().value();

Or when do you prefer flow over chain

const { flow, reverse, sortBy } = require('lodash/fp');
const sortedObjs = flow([sortBy('user.age'), reverse])(users); 

There are many good answers here, but I would like to point out that they can be extended very simply to achieve a lot more complex sorting. The only thing you have to do is to use the OR operator to chain comparision functions like this:

objs.sort((a,b)=> fn1(a,b) || fn2(a,b) || fn3(a,b) )

Where fn1, fn2, ... are the sort functions which return [-1,0,1]. This results in "sorting by fn1", "sorting by fn2" which is pretty much equal to ORDER BY in SQL.

This solution is based on the behaviour of || operator which evaluates to the first evaluated expression which can be converted to true.

The simplest form has only one inlined function like this:

// ORDER BY last_nom
objs.sort((a,b)=> a.last_nom.localeCompare(b.last_nom) )

Having two steps with last_nom,first_nom sort order would look like this:

// ORDER_BY last_nom, first_nom
objs.sort((a,b)=> a.last_nom.localeCompare(b.last_nom) || 
                  a.first_nom.localeCompare(b.first_nom)  )

A generic comparision function could be something like this:

// ORDER BY <n>
let cmp = (a,b,n)=>a[n].localeCompare(b[n])

This function could be extended to support numeric fields, case sensitity, arbitary datatypes etc.

You can them use it with chaining them by sort priority:

// ORDER_BY last_nom, first_nom
objs.sort((a,b)=> cmp(a,b, "last_nom") || cmp(a,b, "first_nom") )
// ORDER_BY last_nom, first_nom DESC
objs.sort((a,b)=> cmp(a,b, "last_nom") || -cmp(a,b, "first_nom") )
// ORDER_BY last_nom DESC, first_nom DESC
objs.sort((a,b)=> -cmp(a,b, "last_nom") || -cmp(a,b, "first_nom") )

The point here is that pure JavaScript with functional approach can take you a long way without external libraries or complex code. It is also very effective, since no string parsing have to be done


Example Usage:

objs.sort(sortBy('last_nom'));

Script:

/**
 * @description
 * Returns a function which will sort an
 * array of objects by the given key.
 *
 * @param  {String}  key
 * @param  {Boolean} reverse
 * @return {Function}
 */
const sortBy = (key, reverse) => {

  // Move smaller items towards the front
  // or back of the array depending on if
  // we want to sort the array in reverse
  // order or not.
  const moveSmaller = reverse ? 1 : -1;

  // Move larger items towards the front
  // or back of the array depending on if
  // we want to sort the array in reverse
  // order or not.
  const moveLarger = reverse ? -1 : 1;

  /**
   * @param  {*} a
   * @param  {*} b
   * @return {Number}
   */
  return (a, b) => {
    if (a[key] < b[key]) {
      return moveSmaller;
    }
    if (a[key] > b[key]) {
      return moveLarger;
    }
    return 0;
  };
};

I haven't seen this particular approach suggested, so here's a terse comparison method I like to use that works for both string and number:

const objs = [ 
  { first_nom: 'Lazslo', last_nom: 'Jamf'     },
  { first_nom: 'Pig',    last_nom: 'Bodine'   },
  { first_nom: 'Pirate', last_nom: 'Prentice' }
];

const sortBy = fn => (a, b) => {
  const fa = fn(a)
  const fb = fn(b)
  return -(fa < fb) || +(fa > fb)
}
const getLastName = o => o.last_nom
const sortByLastName = sortBy(getLastName)

objs.sort(sortByLastName)
console.log(objs.map(getLastName))

Here's an explanation of sortBy():

sortBy() accepts a fn that selects what value from an object to use as comparison, and returns a function that can be passed directly to Array.prototype.sort(). In this example, we're using o.last_nom as the value for comparison, so whenever we receive two objects through Array.prototype.sort() such as

{ first_nom: 'Lazslo', last_nom: 'Jamf' }

and

{ first_nom: 'Pig', last_nom: 'Bodine' }

we use

(a, b) => {
  const fa = fn(a)
  const fb = fn(b)
  return -(fa < fb) || +(fa > fb)
}

to compare them.

Remembering that fn = o => o.last_nom, we can expand the compare function to the equivalent

(a, b) => {
  const fa = a.last_nom
  const fb = b.last_nom
  return -(fa < fb) || +(fa > fb)
}

The logical OR || operator has a short-circuiting functionality that's very useful here. Because of how it works, the body of the function above means

if (fa < fb) return -1
return +(fa > fb)

So if fa < fb we return -1, otherwise if fa > fb then we return +1, but if fa == fb, then fa < fb and fa > fb are false, so it returns +0.

As an added bonus, here's the equivalent in ECMAScript 5 without arrow functions, which is unfortunately more verbose:

var objs = [ 
  { first_nom: 'Lazslo', last_nom: 'Jamf'     },
  { first_nom: 'Pig',    last_nom: 'Bodine'   },
  { first_nom: 'Pirate', last_nom: 'Prentice' }
];

var sortBy = function (fn) {
  return function (a, b) {
    var fa = fn(a)
    var fb = fn(b)
    return -(fa < fb) || +(fa > fb)
  }
}

var getLastName = function (o) { return o.last_nom }
var sortByLastName = sortBy(getLastName)

objs.sort(sortByLastName)
console.log(objs.map(getLastName))


I know this question is too old, but I didn't see any implementation similar to mine.
This version is based on the Schwartzian transform idiom.

function sortByAttribute(array, ...attrs) {
  // generate an array of predicate-objects contains
  // property getter, and descending indicator
  let predicates = attrs.map(pred => {
    let descending = pred.charAt(0) === '-' ? -1 : 1;
    pred = pred.replace(/^-/, '');
    return {
      getter: o => o[pred],
      descend: descending
    };
  });
  // schwartzian transform idiom implementation. aka: "decorate-sort-undecorate"
  return array.map(item => {
    return {
      src: item,
      compareValues: predicates.map(predicate => predicate.getter(item))
    };
  })
  .sort((o1, o2) => {
    let i = -1, result = 0;
    while (++i < predicates.length) {
      if (o1.compareValues[i] < o2.compareValues[i]) result = -1;
      if (o1.compareValues[i] > o2.compareValues[i]) result = 1;
      if (result *= predicates[i].descend) break;
    }
    return result;
  })
  .map(item => item.src);
}

Here's an example how to use it:

let games = [
  { name: 'Pako',              rating: 4.21 },
  { name: 'Hill Climb Racing', rating: 3.88 },
  { name: 'Angry Birds Space', rating: 3.88 },
  { name: 'Badland',           rating: 4.33 }
];

// sort by one attribute
console.log(sortByAttribute(games, 'name'));
// sort by mupltiple attributes
console.log(sortByAttribute(games, '-rating', 'name'));

Sorting (more) Complex Arrays of Objects

Since you probably encounter more complex data structures like this array, I would expand the solution.

TL;DR

Are more pluggable version based on @ege-Özcan's very lovely answer.

Problem

I encountered the below and couldn't change it. I also did not want to flatten the object temporarily. Nor did I want to use underscore / lodash, mainly for performance reasons and the fun to implement it myself.

var People = [
   {Name: {name: "Name", surname: "Surname"}, Middlename: "JJ"},
   {Name: {name: "AAA", surname: "ZZZ"}, Middlename:"Abrams"},
   {Name: {name: "Name", surname: "AAA"}, Middlename: "Wars"}
];

Goal

The goal is to sort it primarily by People.Name.name and secondarily by People.Name.surname

Obstacles

Now, in the base solution uses bracket notation to compute the properties to sort for dynamically. Here, though, we would have to construct the bracket notation dynamically also, since you would expect some like People['Name.name'] would work - which doesn't.

Simply doing People['Name']['name'], on the other hand, is static and only allows you to go down the n-th level.

Solution

The main addition here will be to walk down the object tree and determine the value of the last leaf, you have to specify, as well as any intermediary leaf.

var People = [
   {Name: {name: "Name", surname: "Surname"}, Middlename: "JJ"},
   {Name: {name: "AAA", surname: "ZZZ"}, Middlename:"Abrams"},
   {Name: {name: "Name", surname: "AAA"}, Middlename: "Wars"}
];

People.sort(dynamicMultiSort(['Name','name'], ['Name', '-surname']));
// Results in...
// [ { Name: { name: 'AAA', surname: 'ZZZ' }, Middlename: 'Abrams' },
//   { Name: { name: 'Name', surname: 'Surname' }, Middlename: 'JJ' },
//   { Name: { name: 'Name', surname: 'AAA' }, Middlename: 'Wars' } ]

// same logic as above, but strong deviation for dynamic properties 
function dynamicSort(properties) {
  var sortOrder = 1;
  // determine sort order by checking sign of last element of array
  if(properties[properties.length - 1][0] === "-") {
    sortOrder = -1;
    // Chop off sign
    properties[properties.length - 1] = properties[properties.length - 1].substr(1);
  }
  return function (a,b) {
    propertyOfA = recurseObjProp(a, properties)
    propertyOfB = recurseObjProp(b, properties)
    var result = (propertyOfA < propertyOfB) ? -1 : (propertyOfA > propertyOfB) ? 1 : 0;
    return result * sortOrder;
  };
}

/**
 * Takes an object and recurses down the tree to a target leaf and returns it value
 * @param  {Object} root - Object to be traversed.
 * @param  {Array} leafs - Array of downwards traversal. To access the value: {parent:{ child: 'value'}} -> ['parent','child']
 * @param  {Number} index - Must not be set, since it is implicit.
 * @return {String|Number}       The property, which is to be compared by sort.
 */
function recurseObjProp(root, leafs, index) {
  index ? index : index = 0
  var upper = root
  // walk down one level
  lower = upper[leafs[index]]
  // Check if last leaf has been hit by having gone one step too far.
  // If so, return result from last step.
  if (!lower) {
    return upper
  }
  // Else: recurse!
  index++
  // HINT: Bug was here, for not explicitly returning function
  // https://stackoverflow.com/a/17528613/3580261
  return recurseObjProp(lower, leafs, index)
}

/**
 * Multi-sort your array by a set of properties
 * @param {...Array} Arrays to access values in the form of: {parent:{ child: 'value'}} -> ['parent','child']
 * @return {Number} Number - number for sort algorithm
 */
function dynamicMultiSort() {
  var args = Array.prototype.slice.call(arguments); // slight deviation to base

  return function (a, b) {
    var i = 0, result = 0, numberOfProperties = args.length;
    // REVIEW: slightly verbose; maybe no way around because of `.sort`-'s nature
    // Consider: `.forEach()`
    while(result === 0 && i < numberOfProperties) {
      result = dynamicSort(args[i])(a, b);
      i++;
    }
    return result;
  }
}

Example

Working example on JSBin


One more option:

var someArray = [...];

function generateSortFn(prop, reverse) {
    return function (a, b) {
        if (a[prop] < b[prop]) return reverse ? 1 : -1;
        if (a[prop] > b[prop]) return reverse ? -1 : 1;
        return 0;
    };
}

someArray.sort(generateSortFn('name', true));

sorts ascending by default.


A simple way:

objs.sort(function(a,b) {
  return b.last_nom.toLowerCase() < a.last_nom.toLowerCase();
});

See that '.toLowerCase()' is necessary to prevent erros in comparing strings.


additional desc params for Ege Özcan code

function dynamicSort(property, desc) {
    if (desc) {
        return function (a, b) {
            return (a[property] > b[property]) ? -1 : (a[property] < b[property]) ? 1 : 0;
        }   
    }
    return function (a, b) {
        return (a[property] < b[property]) ? -1 : (a[property] > b[property]) ? 1 : 0;
    }
}

Combining Ege's dynamic solution with Vinay's idea, you get a nice robust solution:

Array.prototype.sortBy = function() {
    function _sortByAttr(attr) {
        var sortOrder = 1;
        if (attr[0] == "-") {
            sortOrder = -1;
            attr = attr.substr(1);
        }
        return function(a, b) {
            var result = (a[attr] < b[attr]) ? -1 : (a[attr] > b[attr]) ? 1 : 0;
            return result * sortOrder;
        }
    }
    function _getSortFunc() {
        if (arguments.length == 0) {
            throw "Zero length arguments not allowed for Array.sortBy()";
        }
        var args = arguments;
        return function(a, b) {
            for (var result = 0, i = 0; result == 0 && i < args.length; i++) {
                result = _sortByAttr(args[i])(a, b);
            }
            return result;
        }
    }
    return this.sort(_getSortFunc.apply(null, arguments));
}

Usage:

// Utility for printing objects
Array.prototype.print = function(title) {
    console.log("************************************************************************");
    console.log("**** "+title);
    console.log("************************************************************************");
    for (var i = 0; i < this.length; i++) {
        console.log("Name: "+this[i].FirstName, this[i].LastName, "Age: "+this[i].Age);
    }
}

// Setup sample data
var arrObj = [
    {FirstName: "Zach", LastName: "Emergency", Age: 35},
    {FirstName: "Nancy", LastName: "Nurse", Age: 27},
    {FirstName: "Ethel", LastName: "Emergency", Age: 42},
    {FirstName: "Nina", LastName: "Nurse", Age: 48},
    {FirstName: "Anthony", LastName: "Emergency", Age: 44},
    {FirstName: "Nina", LastName: "Nurse", Age: 32},
    {FirstName: "Ed", LastName: "Emergency", Age: 28},
    {FirstName: "Peter", LastName: "Physician", Age: 58},
    {FirstName: "Al", LastName: "Emergency", Age: 51},
    {FirstName: "Ruth", LastName: "Registration", Age: 62},
    {FirstName: "Ed", LastName: "Emergency", Age: 38},
    {FirstName: "Tammy", LastName: "Triage", Age: 29},
    {FirstName: "Alan", LastName: "Emergency", Age: 60},
    {FirstName: "Nina", LastName: "Nurse", Age: 54}
];

//Unit Tests
arrObj.sortBy("LastName").print("LastName Ascending");
arrObj.sortBy("-LastName").print("LastName Descending");
arrObj.sortBy("LastName", "FirstName", "-Age").print("LastName Ascending, FirstName Ascending, Age Descending");
arrObj.sortBy("-FirstName", "Age").print("FirstName Descending, Age Ascending");
arrObj.sortBy("-Age").print("Age Descending");

A simple function that sort an array of object by a property

function sortArray(array, property, direction) {
    direction = direction || 1;
    array.sort(function compare(a, b) {
        let comparison = 0;
        if (a[property] > b[property]) {
            comparison = 1 * direction;
        } else if (a[property] < b[property]) {
            comparison = -1 * direction;
        }
        return comparison;
    });
    return array; // Chainable
}

Usage:

var objs = [ 
    { first_nom: 'Lazslo', last_nom: 'Jamf'     },
    { first_nom: 'Pig',    last_nom: 'Bodine'   },
    { first_nom: 'Pirate', last_nom: 'Prentice' }
];

sortArray(objs, "last_nom"); // Asc
sortArray(objs, "last_nom", -1); // Desc

Acording your example, you need to sort by two fields (last name, first name), rather then one. You can use Alasql library to make this sort in one line:

var res = alasql('SELECT * FROM ? ORDER BY last_nom, first_nom',[objs]);

Try this example at jsFiddle.


objs.sort(function(a,b){return b.last_nom>a.last_nom})

You may need to convert them to the lower case in order to prevent from confusion.

objs.sort(function (a,b) {

var nameA=a.last_nom.toLowerCase(), nameB=b.last_nom.toLowerCase()

if (nameA < nameB)
  return -1;
if (nameA > nameB)
  return 1;
return 0;  //no sorting

})

function compare(propName) {
    return function(a,b) {
        if (a[propName] < b[propName])
            return -1;
        if (a[propName] > b[propName])
            return 1;
        return 0;
    };
}

objs.sort(compare("last_nom"));

Given the original example:

var objs = [ 
    { first_nom: 'Lazslo', last_nom: 'Jamf'     },
    { first_nom: 'Pig',    last_nom: 'Bodine'   },
    { first_nom: 'Pirate', last_nom: 'Prentice' }
];

Sort by multiple fields:

objs.sort(function(left, right) {
    var last_nom_order = left.last_nom.localeCompare(right.last_nom);
    var first_nom_order = left.first_nom.localeCompare(right.first_nom);
    return last_nom_order || first_nom_order;
});

Notes

  • a.localeCompare(b) is universally supported and returns -1,0,1 if a<b,a==b,a>b respectively.
  • || in the last line gives last_nom priority over first_nom.
  • Subtraction works on numeric fields: var age_order = left.age - right.age;
  • Negate to reverse order, return -last_nom_order || -first_nom_order || -age_order;

This is a simple problem, don't know why people have such complex solution.
A simple sort function (based on quick-sort algorithm):

function sortObjectsArray(objectsArray, sortKey)
        {
            // Quick Sort:
            var retVal;

            if (1 < objectsArray.length)
            {
                var pivotIndex = Math.floor((objectsArray.length - 1) / 2);  // middle index
                var pivotItem = objectsArray[pivotIndex];                    // value in the middle index
                var less = [], more = [];

                objectsArray.splice(pivotIndex, 1);                          // remove the item in the pivot position
                objectsArray.forEach(function(value, index, array)
                {
                    value[sortKey] <= pivotItem[sortKey] ?                   // compare the 'sortKey' proiperty
                        less.push(value) :
                        more.push(value) ;
                });

                retVal = sortObjectsArray(less, sortKey).concat([pivotItem], sortObjectsArray(more, sortKey));
            }
            else
            {
                retVal = objectsArray;
            }

            return retVal;
        }

Use example:

var myArr = 
        [
            { val: 'x', idx: 3 },
            { val: 'y', idx: 2 },
            { val: 'z', idx: 5 },
        ];
myArr = sortObjectsArray(myArr, 'idx');

Using Ramda,

npm install ramda

import R from 'ramda'
var objs = [ 
    { first_nom: 'Lazslo', last_nom: 'Jamf'     },
    { first_nom: 'Pig',    last_nom: 'Bodine'   },
    { first_nom: 'Pirate', last_nom: 'Prentice' }
];
var ascendingSortedObjs = R.sortBy(R.prop('last_nom'), objs)
var descendingSortedObjs = R.reverse(ascendingSortedObjs)

I Just enhanced Ege Özcan's dynamic sort to dive deep inside objects. If Data looks like this:

obj = [
    {
        a: { a: 1, b: 2, c: 3 },
        b: { a: 4, b: 5, c: 6 }
    },
    { 
        a: { a: 3, b: 2, c: 1 },
        b: { a: 6, b: 5, c: 4 }
}];

and if you want to sort it over a.a property I think my enhancement helps very well. I add new functionality to objects like this:

Object.defineProperty(Object.prototype, 'deepVal', {
    enumerable: false,
    writable: true,
    value: function (propertyChain) {
        var levels = propertyChain.split('.');
        parent = this;
        for (var i = 0; i < levels.length; i++) {
            if (!parent[levels[i]])
                return undefined;
            parent = parent[levels[i]];
        }
        return parent;
    }
});

and changed _dynamicSort's return function:

return function (a,b) {
        var result = ((a.deepVal(property) > b.deepVal(property)) - (a.deepVal(property) < b.deepVal(property)));
        return result * sortOrder;
    }

And now you can sort by a.a. this way:

obj.sortBy('a.a');

See Commplete script in JSFiddle


Way 1 :

You can use Underscore.js. Import underscore first.

 import * as _ from 'underscore';
 let SortedObjs = _.sortBy(objs, 'last_nom');

Way 2 : Use compare function.

function compare(first, second) {
     if (first.last_nom < second.last_nom)
         return -1;
     if (first.last_nom > second.last_nom)
       return 1;
    return 0;
 }

objs.sort(compare);

Try this,

UPTO ES5

//Ascending Sort
items.sort(function (a, b) {
   return a.value - b.value;
});


//Descending Sort
items.sort(function (a, b) {
   return b.value - a.value;
});


IN ES6 & above:

// Ascending sort
items.sort((a, b) => a.value - b.value);

// Descending Sort
 items.sort((a, b) => b.value - a.value);