Suggest using arrow functions as callbacks. (prefer-arrow-callback)

The --fix option on the command line can automatically fix some of the problems reported by this rule.

Arrow functions are suited to callbacks, because:

Rule Details

This rule is aimed to flag usage of function expressions in an argument list.

The following patterns are considered problems:

/*eslint prefer-arrow-callback: "error"*/

foo(function(a) { return a; });
foo(function() { return this.a; }.bind(this));

The following patterns are not considered problems:

/*eslint prefer-arrow-callback: "error"*/
/*eslint-env es6*/

foo(a => a);
foo(function*() { yield; });

// this is not a callback.
var foo = function foo(a) { return a; };

// using `this` without `.bind(this)`.
foo(function() { return this.a; });

// recursively.
foo(function bar(n) { return n && n + bar(n - 1); });


This rule takes one optional argument, an object which is an options object.


This is a boolean option and it is false by default. When set to true, the rule doesn’t warn on named functions used as callbacks.

Examples of correct code for the { "allowNamedFunctions": true } option:

/*eslint prefer-arrow-callback: ["error", { "allowNamedFunctions": true }]*/

foo(function bar() {});


This is a boolean option and it is true by default. When set to false, this option allows the use of this without restriction and checks for dynamically assigned this values such as when using with a context argument. Normally, the rule will flag the use of this whenever a function does not use bind() to specify the value of this constantly.

Examples of incorrect code for the { "allowUnboundThis": false } option:

/*eslint prefer-arrow-callback: ["error", { "allowUnboundThis": false }]*/
/*eslint-env es6*/

foo(function() { this.a; });

foo(function() { (() => this); }); (itm) { return this.doSomething(itm); }, someObject);

When Not To Use It

This rule should not be used in ES3/5 environments.

In ES2015 (ES6) or later, if you don’t want to be notified about function expressions in an argument list, you can safely disable this rule.


This rule was introduced in ESLint 1.2.0.