Andres Jaimes

Error handling for JS fetch requests

By Andres Jaimes

The following example handles server and connectivity errors for javascript fetch requests.

function handleErrors(response) {
    if (!response.ok) throw new Error(response.status)
    return response

    // handle network err/success
    // use response of network on fetch Promise resolve
    .then(response => console.log("ok"))
    // handle fetch Promise error
    .catch(error => console.log('found an error: ', error))

handleErrors can be updated for handling different types of errors in different ways. This function is called whenever we get a response from the server (successful or failed). When we have a different type of error, like a DNS one, the catch block is called directly.

All errors are caught by the catch section, because server errors end up in throwing a new Error instance. Such Error instance can be extended to meet specific needs.