FAQ: Requests with Fetch API - Intro to async GET Requests

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In the boilerplate code for this example, I noticed the following within the async function:

try {
const response = await fetch('https://api-to-call.com/endpoint');
  if (response.ok) {
    const jsonResponse = await response.json();

Is it necessary to await the response.json? Since this is within the successful response codeblock, wouldn’t we already have our response from the api and wouldn’t necessarily need to await anything?

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I had the same question, but I think that I may have a solution!

response.json() is a method on the Response object that lets you extract a JSON object from the response. The method returns a promise, so you have to wait for the JSON: await response.json()

Source How to Use Fetch with async/await

Let me know if this is incorrect!

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I think that you’re right, that’s the exact answer I needed. I was envisioning the response object as the JSON, not all the plentiful things that live in an HTTP response. Thank you for sharing that link! It was very helpful.