Response: clone() method

Baseline Widely available

This feature is well established and works across many devices and browser versions. It’s been available across browsers since March 2017.

The clone() method of the Response interface creates a clone of a response object, identical in every way, but stored in a different variable.

Like the underlying ReadableStream.tee api, the body of a cloned Response will signal backpressure at the rate of the faster consumer of the two bodies, and unread data is enqueued internally on the slower consumed body without any limit or backpressure. Backpressure refers to the mechanism by which the streaming consumer of data (in this case, the code that reads the body) slows down the producer of data (such as the TCP server) so as not to load large amounts of data in memory that is waiting to be used by the application. If only one cloned branch is consumed, then the entire body will be buffered in memory. Therefore, clone() is one way to read a response twice in sequence, but you should not use it to read very large bodies in parallel at different speeds.

clone() throws a TypeError if the response body has already been used. In fact, the main reason clone() exists is to allow multiple uses of body objects (when they are one-use only.)





Return value

A Response object.


In our Fetch Response clone example (see Fetch Response clone live) we create a new Request object using the Request() constructor, passing it a JPG path. We then fetch this request using fetch(). When the fetch resolves successfully, we clone it, extract a blob from both responses using two Response.blob calls, create object URLs out of the blobs using URL.createObjectURL(), and display them in two separate <img> elements.

const image1 = document.querySelector(".img1");
const image2 = document.querySelector(".img2");

const myRequest = new Request("flowers.jpg");

fetch(myRequest).then((response) => {
  const response2 = response.clone();

  response.blob().then((myBlob) => {
    const objectURL = URL.createObjectURL(myBlob);
    image1.src = objectURL;

  response2.blob().then((myBlob) => {
    const objectURL = URL.createObjectURL(myBlob);
    image2.src = objectURL;


Fetch Standard
# ref-for-dom-response-clone①

Browser compatibility

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