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The FetchSignal interface of the Fetch API represents a signal object that allows you to communicate with a fetch request and control it via a FetchController.


The FetchSignal interface also inherits properties from its parent interface, EventTarget.

FetchSignal.aborted Read only
A Boolean that indicates whether the fetch request(s) the signal is communicating with is/are aborted (true) or not (false).

Event handlers

Invoked when an abort event fires, i.e. when the fetch request(s) the signal is communicating with is/are aborted.


The FetchSignal interface inherits methods from its parent interface, EventTarget.


In the following snippet, we create a new FetchController object, get its signal, and then give the signal to the fetch request via the signal parameter of its init object so the controller can control it. Later on we specify an event listener on a cancel button so that when the button is clicked, we abort the fetch request using FetchController.abort().

We also specify an FetchSignal.onabort event handler on the signal object, so that if the fetch is aborted, we log a message to the console.

var controller = new FetchController();
var signal = controller.signal;
signal.onabort = function() {
  console.log("fetch request aborted");
downloadBtn.addEventListener('click', function() {
  fetch(url, {signal}).then( ... ) // do something with the response
cancelBtn.addEventListener('click', function() {

You can find a work-in-progress demo showing usage of FetchSignal on GitHub (see the source code and the live example).


Not part of a specification yet.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support

No support

No support No support[1] No support

No support

No support
Feature Android Android Webview Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support No support No support No support[1] No support No support No support No support

[1] Hidden behind a preference in 55+ Nightly. In about:config, you need to create two new boolean prefs — dom.fetchObserver.enabled and dom.fetchController.enabled — and set the values of both to true.

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