The Request() constructor creates a new Request object.


var myRequest = new Request(input, init);


Defines the resource that you wish to fetch. This can either be:
  • A USVString containing the direct URL of the resource you want to fetch.
  • A Request object, effectively creating a copy. Note the following behavioural updates to retain security while making the constructor less likely to throw exceptions:
    • If this object exists on another origin to the constructor call, the Request.referrer is stripped out.
    • If this object has a Request.mode of navigate, the mode value is converted to same-origin.
init Optional
An options object containing any custom settings that you want to apply to the request. The possible options are:
  • method: The request method, e.g., GET, POST.
  • headers: Any headers you want to add to your request, contained within a Headers object or an object literal with ByteString values.
  • body: Any body that you want to add to your request: this can be a Blob, BufferSource, FormData, URLSearchParams, USVString, or ReadableStream object. Note that a request using the GET or HEAD method cannot have a body.
  • mode: The mode you want to use for the request, e.g., cors, no-cors, same-origin, or navigate. The default is cors. In Chrome the default is no-cors before Chrome 47 and same-origin starting with Chrome 47.
  • credentials: The request credentials you want to use for the request: omit, same-origin, or include. The default is omit. In Chrome the default is same-origin before Chrome 47 and include starting with Chrome 47.
  • cache: The cache mode you want to use for the request.
  • redirect: The redirect mode to use: follow, error, or manual. In Chrome the default is manual before Chrome 47 and follow starting with Chrome 47.
  • referrer: A USVString specifying no-referrerclient, or a URL. The default is client.
  • integrity: Contains the subresource integrity value of the request (e.g., sha256-BpfBw7ivV8q2jLiT13fxDYAe2tJllusRSZ273h2nFSE=).


Type Description
TypeError Since Firefox 43, Request() will throw a TypeError if the URL has credentials, such as


In our Fetch Request example (see Fetch Request live) we create a new Request object using the constructor, then fetch it using a GlobalFetch.fetch call. Since we are fetching an image, we run Body.blob on the response to give it the proper MIME type so it will be handled properly, then create an Object URL of it and display it in an <img> element.

var myImage = document.querySelector('img');

var myRequest = new Request('flowers.jpg');

fetch(myRequest).then(function(response) {
  return response.blob();
}).then(function(response) {
  var objectURL = URL.createObjectURL(response);
  myImage.src = objectURL;

In our Fetch Request with init example (see Fetch Request init live) we do the same thing except that we pass in an init object when we invoke fetch():

var myImage = document.querySelector('img');

var myHeaders = new Headers();
myHeaders.append('Content-Type', 'image/jpeg');

var myInit = { method: 'GET',
               headers: myHeaders,
               mode: 'cors',
               cache: 'default' };

var myRequest = new Request('flowers.jpg',myInit);

fetch(myRequest).then(function(response) {

Note that you could also pass the init object into the fetch call to get the same effect, e.g.:

fetch(myRequest,myInit).then(function(response) {

You can also use an object literal as headers in init.

var myInit = { method: 'GET',
               headers: {
                   'Content-Type': 'image/jpeg'
               mode: 'cors',
               cache: 'default' };

var myRequest = new Request('flowers.jpg', myInit);

You may also pass a Request object to the Request() constructor to create a copy of the Request (This is similar to calling the clone() method.)

var copy = new Request(myRequest);

Note: This last usage is probably only useful in ServiceWorkers.


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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support









body can be a ReadableStream43 ? Yes4 ? ? No
navigate mode491546 No Yes10.1
referrer init option ?1547 No Yes10.1
cross-origin referrer stripped out and navigate mode converted to same-origin when constructor created from existing Request object. Yes1554 No Yes10.1
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support





Yes Yes No10.3 ?
body can be a ReadableStream4343 ? Yes4 ?10.3 ?
navigate mode No4915 Yes No10.3 ?
referrer init option Yes Yes ? Yes ?10.3 ?
cross-origin referrer stripped out and navigate mode converted to same-origin when constructor created from existing Request object. Yes Yes15 Yes ?10.3 ?

1. Some default values for the init parameter changed in Chrome 47. See the Properties section for details.

2. From version 34: this feature is behind the dom.fetch.enabled preference. To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.

3. From version 28: this feature is behind the Experimental Web Platform Features preference.

4. This feature is behind the dom.streams.enabled preference and the javascript.options.streams preference. To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.

See also

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