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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).


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




A promise that resolves with a USVString.


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) {
    var linkData ='data-page');
function getData(pageId) {
  var myRequest = new Request(pageId + '.txt');
  fetch(myRequest).then(function(response) {
    return response.text().then(function(text) {
      myArticle.innerHTML = text;


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

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 42 [1]
(Yes) 39 (39) [2] No support

29 [3]

No support
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support (Yes) No support No support No support No support No support No support

[1] Behind a preference in version 41.

[2] Behind a preference starting with version 34.

[3] Behind a preference in version 28.

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