What Is a Boolean in Scripting?


Heather Bennett

A boolean is a data type in scripting that represents one of two possible values: true or false. It is named after the mathematician and logician George Boole, who first formulated the principles of boolean algebra.

Boolean Values

In scripting, a boolean value can be assigned to a variable or used in conditions to control the flow of a program. The value true represents a logical true statement, while the value false represents a logical false statement.

Boolean values are often used in programming to determine whether certain conditions are met. For example, you can use boolean values to check if a number is greater than another number, if a condition is true or false, or if an element exists.

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators are used to combine boolean values and produce new boolean values. There are three basic boolean operators:

  • AND operator (&&): Returns true if both operands are true.
  • OR operator (||): Returns true if at least one of the operands is true.
  • NOT operator (!): Reverses the boolean value of its operand. If the operand is true, it returns false; if the operand is false, it returns true.

The result of combining boolean values with these operators can be assigned to variables or used directly in conditions.

The Boolean Object

In addition to the boolean data type, many scripting languages also provide a Boolean object that wraps a primitive boolean value and provides additional methods and properties for working with booleans.

The Boolean object has two properties: trueValue, which returns the boolean value true, and falseValue, which returns the boolean value false.

The Boolean object also has a method called valueOf() that returns the primitive boolean value of the Boolean object.


Here are a few examples that demonstrate the use of booleans in scripting:

var x = 5;
var y = 10;
var isGreater = x > y; // false

if (isGreater) {
  console.log("x is greater than y");
} else {
  console.log("x is not greater than y");

In this example, we compare the values of variables x and y using the greater than operator. The result of this comparison is assigned to the variable isGreater, which is a boolean. Based on the value of isGreater, we log a message to the console.


A boolean is a fundamental data type in scripting that represents true or false values. Booleans are used to control program flow and evaluate conditions. Understanding booleans and how to use them with operators and conditions is essential for writing effective scripts.

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