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3 More Ways to Clone Vue Object Without Reactivity

Hey, in the last post we looked at different ways to how to clone a Vue object and make it non-reactive. As I was searching for if there are more ways to do it, I found this blog post , written by Surma ( Web Advocate @Google ).

Aside from some of the methods that mentioned in my previous blog post , he talks about structured cloning algorithm, which nice thing about it is, it handles cyclic objects.

So, let’s have a brief pause here to take a look at what structured cloning algorithm is.

Here’s the definition from MDN.

The structured clone algorithm copies complex JavaScript objects. It is used internally to transfer data between Workers via postMessage()

Basically, it’s an algorithm that allows us to clone JavaScript objects. But, as the MDN documentation says , it works if your data is a plain object.

In his post, he goes over 3 methods that use structured cloning algorithm. They are:

  1. Message Channel

  2. History API

  3. Notification API

Without further ado, let’s see them in action.


These methods only work with JSON objects. Because, we serialize the data first ( with JSON.parse(JSON.stringify()) ), and then are calling the function.

Without serializing the data these methods will throw an error.

Message Channel

Structured cloning algorithm is available inside postMessage method, and we can send copied objects to ourselves as a message. This is an asynchronous method, bear in mind while using that.

function messageClone(sourceObj) {
  return new Promise(resolve => {
    // Get port1 and port from MessageChannel
    const { port1, port2 } = new MessageChannel();
    // Receive postMessage event and resolve the cloned object
    port2.onmessage = event => resolve(event.data);
    // Send sourceObj with postMessage

const sourceObj = { item: "white", item2: "black", item3: "purple" };
const clonedObj = await messageClone(JSON.parse(JSON.stringify(sourceObj)));

History API

With History API we can update the most recent entry on the history stack, and receive the cloned object with history.state.

historyClone(sourceObj) {
  // assign the state at the top of history stack to a variable
  const oldState = history.state;
  // replace history state with sourceObj, document.title is used as a title parameter which is optional
  history.replaceState(sourceObj, document.title);
  // get cloned object from history.state 
  const copy = history.state;
  // replace sourceObj with oldState
  history.replaceState(oldState, document.title);
  // return cloned object
  return copy;

const sourceObj = {item: 'white', item2: 'black', item3: 'purple'}
const clonedObj = historyClone(JSON.parse(JSON.stringify(sourceObj)))

Notification API

When the new notification is created with providing a data property, clone of the provided data can be accessed from the newly created notification’s data property.

notificationClone(sourceObj) {
  // Pass sourceObj as the notification's data 
  // and get cloned object from newly created notification's data property 
  return new Notification("", { data: sourceObj, silent: true }).data;

const sourceObj = {item: 'white', item2: 'black', item3: 'purple'}
const clonedObj = notificationClone(JSON.parse(JSON.stringify(sourceObj)))


You can make use of these methods if it’s met your certain scenario, and get a little bit more insight about cloning Vue objects without reactivity.

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