Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· timsommer

Javascript Static Singleton

In conventional software engineering, the singleton pattern can be implemented by creating a class with a method that creates a new instance of the class if one doesn't exist. In the event of an instance already existing, it simply returns a reference to that object.

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var SingletonTester = (function () {
    //This is the actual singleton instance
    function Singleton() { = "Singleton";
        this.pointX = 16;

    // this is our instance holder
    var instance;

    // this is an emulation of static variables and methods
    var _static = {
        name: 'SingletonTester',
        // This is a method for getting an instance
        // It returns the same instance of the singleton object
        getInstance: function () {
            if (instance === undefined) {
                instance = new Singleton();
            return instance;
    return _static;

//getInstance method is the only method we can call on the returned _static object
var singletonTest = SingletonTester.getInstance();

console.log(singletonTest.pointX); // outputs 16
singletonTest.pointX = 15;
console.log(singletonTest.pointX); // outputs 15
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Hi, I just upated your example a bit (corrected docs, shortened code, output in textarea instead of console):


over 1 year ago ·