The XMLHttpRequest response property returns the response's body content as an ArrayBuffer, Blob, Document, JavaScript Object, or DOMString, depending on the value of the request's responseType property.


var body = XMLHttpRequest.response;


An appropriate object based on the value of responseType. You may attempt to request the data be provided in a specific format by setting the value of responseType after calling open() to initialize the request but before calling send() to send the request to the server.

The value is null if the request is not yet complete or was unsuccessful, with the exception that when reading text data using a responseType of "text" or the empty string (""), the response can contain the response so far while the request is still in the LOADING readyState (3).

The response types are described below.

An empty responseType string is treated the same as "text", the default type.
The response is a JavaScript ArrayBuffer containing binary data.
The response is a Blob object containing the binary data.
The response is an HTML Document or XML XMLDocument, as appropriate based on the MIME type of the received data. See HTML in XMLHttpRequest to learn more about using XHR to fetch HTML content.
The response is a JavaScript object created by parsing the contents of received data as JSON.
The response is a text in a DOMString object.
The response is part of a streaming download; this response type is only allowed for download requests, and is only supported by Internet Explorer.


This example presents a function, load(), which loads and processes a page from the server. It works by creating an XMLHttpRequest object and creating a listener for readystatechange events such that that when readyState changes to DONE (4), the response is obtained and passed into the callback function provided to load().

The content is handled as raw text data (since nothing here is overriding the default responseType).

var url = 'somePage.html'; //A local page

function load(url, callback) {
  var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();

  xhr.onreadystatechange = function() {
    if (xhr.readyState === 4) {

  xhr.open('GET', url, true);


Specification Status Comment
XMLHttpRequest Living Standard WHATWG living standard

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
responseChrome Full support 9Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 6IE Full support 10Opera Full support 11.6Safari Full support 5.1WebView Android Full support ≤37Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 6Opera Android Full support 12Safari iOS Full support 6Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0


Full support
Full support

See also