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
Allows you to write code that responds to an end to the streaming process. Returns a promise that fulfills if the stream becomes closed or the reader's lock is released, or rejects if the stream errors.

Methods

ReadableStreamDefaultReader.cancel()
Cancels the stream, signaling 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);
        }).then(push);
      };
      
      push();
    }
  });

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

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Streams
The definition of 'ReadableStreamDefaultReader' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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ReadableStreamDefaultReader
Experimental
Chrome Full support 52Edge ? Firefox Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE ? Opera Full support 39Safari ? WebView Android Full support 52Chrome Android Full support 52Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android Full support 41Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
ReadableStreamDefaultReader() constructor
Experimental
Chrome ? Edge ? Firefox Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
cancel
Experimental
Chrome ? Edge ? Firefox Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
closed
Experimental
Chrome ? Edge ? Firefox Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
read
Experimental
Chrome ? Edge ? Firefox Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?
releaseLock
Experimental
Chrome ? Edge ? Firefox Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 65
Full support 65
Full support 57
Disabled
Disabled From version 57: this feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference (needs to be set to true) and the javascript.options.streams preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

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Full support
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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.

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