Ember helper to test the presence of an item in an array

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Important notice !!

This addon is not maintained
In recent Ember versions, you problem don't need an addon for this case. With the introduction of helper functions, you can just easily create a local helper that checks if an element is contained in an array.
If you want the helper to react to add/removals, you should be using some version of a "reactive" array. Either EmberArray or TrackedArray from tracked-built-ins. See demo here.
In any case, this addon should be compatible with basically every ember version from 3.28 to 5.x.
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Ember template helper allowing to test if an array contains a particular element.
{{array-contains this.model 'value' property='title'}}

This helper allows to test the presence of a literal, a full object or a specific property/value of an object inside a given array. Objects can be native or Ember objects.


  • This helper is tested against Ember 3.28+


Before its version 2.x, this addon came with a polyfill (ember-runtime-enumerable-includes-polyfill) emulating the native EcmaScript method includes in case you wanted to run it within an environment that did not support this method.
Since its version 2.x, the polyfill is not included by default and this addon relies on the fact that it is run in an environment supporting the includes method. Errors will occur if it is not the case.
If you want to use this addon in an older browser or environment that does not support includes, you must then now explicitely add the polyfill as a regular dependency: yarn add ember-runtime-enumerable-includes-polyfill.


  • ember install ember-array-contains-helper


{{array-contains <array> <value> [property='<property>']}}

  • <array> is the array to search into. Should be a valid not null array.
  • <value> is the value which is supposed to be contained in the arrray. Could be an object or a literal, null or undefined.
  • <property> is an option: if set, the search is done on the presence of an object containing a
property <property> with the value <value>. If not, the search is done of the presence of the full <value> (object or literal)
This helper could be:
  • used standalone:
```hbs {{array-contains this.model 'value' property='title'}} `` - or, more often, combined with the if` helper: ```hbs {{if
(array-contains this.model 'value' property='title')
'something else'
}} ```
Depending on the given parameters, the test is made on
  • the presence of a literal:

// routes/application.js

import Route from '@ember/routing/route';

export default class ApplicationRoute extends Route {
  model() {
    return ['Akira', 'Blacksad', 'CalvinAndHobbes'];

{{! templates/application.hbs }}

{{array-contains this.model 'Akira'}}

  • the presence of the object itself:

// routes/application.js

import Route from '@ember/routing/route';
import Comic from '../models/comic';

let blackSad = Comic.create({
  title: 'Blacksad',

let calvinAndHobbes = Comic.create({
  title: 'Calvin and Hobbes',

let akira = Comic.create({
  title: 'Akira',

export default class ApplicationRoute extends Route {
  model() {
    return [akira, blacksad, calvinAndHobbes];

  setupController(controller) {
    controller.calvinAndHobbes = calvinAndHobbes;

{{! templates/application.hbs }}

{{array-contains this.model this.calvinAndHobbes}}

  • the presence of an object containing a specific property with a specific value using the option property:

// routes/application.js

import Route from '@ember/routing/route';
import { inject as service } from '@ember/service';

export default class ApplicationRoute extends Route {
  @service store;

  model() {
    return this.store.findAll('comic');

{{! templates/application.hbs }}

{{array-contains this.model 'Blacksad' property='title'}}

null and undefined

null and undefined are considered acceptable values for 'value' parameter.
  • until ember 2.9, null and undefined are both coerced to null by the templating engine. The following
expressions are therefore both leading to check for the presence of a null value inside the array:
```hbs {{array-contains collection null}} {{array-contains collection undefined}} ```
  • ember 2.10 (glimmer) changed this behaviour. undefined are then preserved and not coerced to null anymore.

It could eventually break some apps relying on the initial behaviour but it has been considered as a fix since the first behaviour was accidental. See this issue for details.



  • git clone https://github.com/bmeurant/ember-array-contains-helper
  • cd ember-array-contains-helper
  • npm install

Running dummy demo app


  • npm run lint:js
  • npm run lint:js -- --fix

Running Tests

  • ember test – Runs the test suite on the current Ember version
  • ember test --server – Runs the test suite in "watch mode"
  • npm test – Runs ember try:each to test your addon against multiple Ember versions


  • ember build

Generating documentation

This addon uses YUIDoc via ember-cli-yuidoc. yuidoc-ember-cli-theme makes it pretty. Docs generation is enabled in development mode via ember build or ember serve with or without --docs auto refresh option. It can also be explicitely generated with ember ember-cli-yuidoc command.
For more information on using ember-cli, visit https://www.ember-cli.com/.