Fetch: Getting the body content

A response has a body, accessible using several methods:

  • text() returns the body as a string
  • json() returns the body as a JSON-parsed object
  • blob() returns the body as a Blob object
  • formData() returns the body as a FormData object
  • arrayBuffer() returns the body as an ArrayBuffer object

All those methods return a promise. Examples:

  .then(response => response.text())
  .then(body => console.log(body))
  .then(response => response.json())
  .then(body => console.log(body))


The same can be written using async functions

;(async () => {
  const response = await fetch('./file.json')
  const data = await response.json()

Lessons in this unit:

0: Introduction
1: How to use Fetch
2: Catching errors in network requests
3: The Response object
4: ▶︎ Getting the body content
5: The Request object
6: Request headers
7: POST requests
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