What Type of Data Does Axios Get Return?


Scott Campbell

What Type of Data Does Axios Get Return?

Axios is a popular JavaScript library used for making HTTP requests. It provides an easy-to-use interface for sending asynchronous requests to a server and handling the response. When using Axios, it is important to understand the different types of data that can be returned by the get method.

Data Types

Axios supports various data types, including:

  • Text: The simplest type of response is plain text. This can be useful when requesting data that does not need to be parsed or processed further.
  • JSON: JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a widely used format for transmitting data between a server and a client. It is lightweight and easy to parse in JavaScript.
  • XML: XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is another format for structuring data.

    While not as commonly used as JSON, some APIs may return XML responses.

  • Blob: A Blob (Binary Large Object) represents binary data, such as images or files. Axios can handle Blob responses and allow you to download or manipulate them.
  • ArrayBuffer: An ArrayBuffer is used to represent binary data in JavaScript. This type of response is useful when working with low-level binary operations.

Data Handling

The type of response returned by Axios depends on the server’s configuration and the content-type header set by the server. By default, Axios tries to determine the response type based on this header.

Parsing JSON Responses

If the server responds with a JSON object, Axios automatically parses it and returns a JavaScript object. This makes working with JSON responses straightforward.

  .then(response => {
    // Access the response data as a JavaScript object
    const data = response.data;
    // Process the data as needed
  .catch(error => {
    // Handle any errors

Raw Response Data

Sometimes, instead of automatically parsing the response, you may need to access the raw response data. Axios provides access to the full response, including headers and status codes.get(‘/api/raw-data’, { responseType: ‘text’ })
.then(response => {
// Access the raw response data
const rawData = response.data;
// Process the raw data as needed


Axios is a powerful library for making HTTP requests in JavaScript. It supports various types of data that can be returned by the get method, including text, JSON, XML, Blob, and ArrayBuffer. By understanding these different types and how to handle them, you can effectively work with server responses using Axios.

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