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How to use the Fetch API with JavaScript

When it comes to making HTTP requests inside of JavaScript, you can use a variety of different options. For example, you can use XMLHttpRequest, a third party library like Axios, or more recently, Fetch.

What exactly is Fetch?

Fetch is a promise based HTTP request API built into JavaScript. It's fairly well supported (87%+) and is promise based for ease of use and is a perfect fit for those wanting to use out of the box solutions for HTTP.

Let's take a look at a few different ways we can use fetch to access data from the JSON Placeholder API:

Get

fetch(`https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts`)
   .then(res => res.json())
   .then(posts => console.log(posts))

The above fetch call has three key parts.

1. We're calling `fetch` with an API and this defaults to a GET request, returning a promise.
2. This returns us a HTTP Response, and as we're only interested in the **body** of that response, we call res.json() to extract this.
3. As we now have the **data** from our API call, we can perform any action we want on it.
When it comes to other HTTP verbs such as POST/PUT/DElETE, the process is quite similar:

Customisation

Let's use fetch to create a new post by using HTTP POST. This starts by creating the actual post:

const newPost = {
   title: 'All about Fetch!',
   body: 'Fetch is awesome!'
}

We can now pass an options parameter into our fetch call, so let's make that:

const options = {
   method: 'POST',
   body: JSON.stringify(newPost),
   headers: new Headers({
       'Content-Type': 'application/json'
   })
}

The options can then be passed along to our request like so:

fetch(`https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts`, options)
   .then(res => res.json())
   .then(posts => console.log(posts))

We can continue to customise this by adding more items to our options object, and subsequently changing the method to other values such as PUT or DELETE. Here's an example:

const options = {
   method: 'PUT',
   cache: 'no-cache',
   body: JSON.stringify(newPost),
   headers: new Headers({
       'Content-Type': 'application/json'
   })
}




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