Response.text()

The text() method of the Response interface takes a Response stream and reads it to completion. It returns a promise that resolves with a String. The response is always decoded using UTF-8.

Syntax

text()

Parameters

None.

Return value

A Promise that resolves with a String.

Examples

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 string out of the response using text(), then set the innerHTML of the <article> element equal to the text object.

const myArticle = document.querySelector('article');
const myLinks = document.querySelectorAll('ul a');

for (const link of myLinks) {
  link.onclick = (e) => {
    e.preventDefault();
    const linkData = e.target.getAttribute('data-page');
    getData(linkData);
  };
}

function getData(pageId) {
  console.log(pageId);
  const myRequest = new Request(`${pageId}.txt`);
  fetch(myRequest)
    .then((response) => response.text())
    .then((text) => {
      myArticle.innerHTML = text;
    });
}

Specifications

Specification
Fetch Standard
# ref-for-dom-body-text①

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also