ReadableStreamDefaultReader

The ReadableStreamDefaultReader interface of the Streams API represents a default reader that can be used to read stream data supplied from a network (e.g. a fetch request). 

Constructor

ReadableStreamDefaultReader()
Creates and returns a ReadableStreamDefaultReader object instance.

Properties

ReadableStreamDefaultReader.closed Read only
Returns a Promise that fulfills when the stream closes or the reader's lock is released, or rejects if the stream throws an error. This property enables you to write code that responds to an end to the streaming process.

Methods

ReadableStreamDefaultReader.cancel()
Returns a Promise that resolves when the stream is canceled. Calling this method signals a loss of interest in the stream by a consumer. The supplied reason argument will be given to the underlying source, which may or may not use it.
ReadableStreamDefaultReader.read()
Returns a promise providing access to the next chunk in the stream's internal queue.
ReadableStreamDefaultReader.releaseLock()
Releases the reader's lock on the stream.

Examples

In the following example, an artifical Response is created to stream HTML fragments fetched from another resource to the browser.

It demonstrates the usage of a ReadableStream in combination with a Uint8Array.

fetch("https://www.example.org/").then((response) => {
  const reader = response.body.getReader();
  const stream = new ReadableStream({
    start(controller) {
      // The following function handles each data chunk
      function push() {
        // "done" is a Boolean and value a "Uint8Array"
        return reader.read().then(({ done, value }) => {
          // Is there no more data to read?
          if (done) {
            // Tell the browser that we have finished sending data
            controller.close();
            return;
          }

          // Get the data and send it to the browser via the controller
          controller.enqueue(value);
          push();
        });
      };

      push();
    }
  });

  return new Response(stream, { headers: { "Content-Type": "text/html" } });
});

Specifications

Specification
Streams Standard (Streams)
# default-reader-class

Browser compatibility

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