The text() method of the Body mixin takes a Response stream and reads it to completion. It returns a promise that resolves with a USVString object (text). The response is always decoded using UTF-8.

Syntax

response.text().then(function (text) {
  // do something with the text response 
});

Parameters

None.

Returns

A promise that resolves with a USVString.

Example

In our fetch text example (run fetch text live), we have an <article> element and three links (stored in the myLinks array.) First, we loop through all of these and give each one an onclick event handler so that the getData() function is run — with the link's data-page identifier passed to it as an argument — when one of the links is clicked.

When getData() is run, we create a new request using the Request() constructor, then use it to fetch a specific .txt file. When the fetch is successful, we read a USVString (text) object out of the response using text(), then set the innerHTML of the <article> element equal to the text object.

var myArticle = document.querySelector('article');
var myLinks = document.querySelectorAll('ul a');

for(i = 0; i <= myLinks.length-1; i++) {
  myLinks[i].onclick = function(e) {
    e.preventDefault();
    var linkData = e.target.getAttribute('data-page');
    getData(linkData);
  }
};
    
function getData(pageId) {
  console.log(pageId);
  var myRequest = new Request(pageId + '.txt');
  fetch(myRequest).then(function(response) {
    return response.text().then(function(text) {
      myArticle.innerHTML = text;
    });
  });
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Fetch
The definition of 'text()' in that specification.
Living Standard  

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support
Experimental
Chrome Full support 42
Full support 42
Full support 41
Disabled
Disabled From version 41: this feature is behind the Experimental Web Platform Features preference. To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.
Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 39
Full support 39
Full support 34
Disabled
Disabled From version 34: this feature is behind the dom.fetch.enabled preference. To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE No support NoOpera Full support 29
Full support 29
Full support 28
Disabled
Disabled From version 28: this feature is behind the Experimental Web Platform Features preference.
Safari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

See also

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