npm i @stream-io/cross-fetch


Universal WHATWG Fetch API for Node, Browsers and React Native.

by Leonardo Quixada

3.0.1 (see all)License:MITTypeScript:Built-In
npm i @stream-io/cross-fetch

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License: MIT

Universal WHATWG Fetch API for Node, Browsers and React Native. The scenario that cross-fetch really shines is when the same javascript codebase needs to run on different platforms.

  • Platform agnostic: browsers, node or react native
  • Optional polyfill: it's up to you if something is going to be added to the global object or not
  • Simple interface: no instantiation, no configuration and no extra dependency
  • WHATWG compliant: it works the same way wherever your code runs
  • Updated: latest version of whatwg-fetch and node-fetch used

Table of Contents


npm install --save cross-fetch

As a ponyfill:

// Using ES6 modules with Babel or TypeScript
import fetch from 'cross-fetch';

// Using CommonJS modules
const fetch = require('cross-fetch');

As a polyfill:

// Using ES6 modules
import 'cross-fetch/polyfill';

// Using CommonJS modules

The CDN build is also available on unpkg:

<script src="//"></script>

This adds the fetch function to the window object. Note that this is not UMD compatible.


With promises:

import fetch from 'cross-fetch';
// Or just: import 'cross-fetch/polyfill';

  .then(res => {
    if (res.status >= 400) {
      throw new Error("Bad response from server");
    return res.json();
  .then(user => {
  .catch(err => {

With async/await:

import fetch from 'cross-fetch';
// Or just: import 'cross-fetch/polyfill';

(async () => {
  try {
    const res = await fetch('//');
    if (res.status >= 400) {
      throw new Error("Bad response from server");
    const user = await res.json();
  } catch (err) {

⚠️ Warning: If you're in an environment that doesn't support Promises such as Internet Explorer, you must install an ES6 Promise compatible polyfill. es6-promise is suggested.

Demo & API

You can find a comprehensive doc at Github's fetch page. If you want to play with cross-fetch, these resources can be useful:

Tip: Run theses resources on various browsers and with different settings (for instance: cross-domain requests, wrong urls or text requests). Don't forget to open the console in the test suite page and play around.


Yet another fetch library?

I did a lot of research in order to find a fetch library that could be simple, cross-platform and provide polyfill as an option. There's a plethora of libs out there but none could match those requirements.

Why not isomorphic-fetch?

My preferred library used to be isomorphic-fetch but it has this bug that prevents it from running in a react native environment. It seems it will never be fixed since the author hasn't been committing for more than a year. That means dependencies are outdated as well.

Why polyfill might not be a good idea?

In a word? Risk. If the spec changes in the future, it might be problematic to debug. Read more about it on sindresorhus's ponyfill page. It's up to you if you're fine with it or not.

How does cross-fetch work?

Just like isomorphic-fetch, it is just a proxy. If you're in node, it delivers you the node-fetch library, if you're in a browser or React Native, it delivers you the github's whatwg-fetch. The same strategy applies whether you're using polyfill or ponyfill.

Who's Using It?

Supported environments

  • Node 6+
  • React-Native

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Heavily inspired by the works of matthew-andrews. Kudos to him!


cross-fetch is licensed under the MIT license © Leonardo Quixadá


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