[ES2015] Async/Await Functions

Async/Await Functions

declare an async function that will allow us to wait for other functions. we can only await inside an async function, and we can only await a promise.

Async/await is an ES2016 (ES7) feature, so you’ll need a transpiler. See http://babeljs.io/docs/plugins/preset-latest/

npm i -g babel-cli

add a minimal .babelrc inside your project dir

  "presets": [

and install packages (locally, inside your project folder)

npm install --save-dev babel-preset-latest

Once setup, you can run from CLI

babel-node script.js

We are going to use the JS builtin .fetch API for our example, but others like axios can also be used, any lib that returns a promise.

npm i -D node-fetch
import fetch form 'node-fetch'
// Async/Await Example

const service = {
	getUsers: () => fetch('https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/users'),
	getPosts: () => fetch('https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts')

// Await a promise to fulfill and do something
async function Fetchy() {
	try {
		const users = await service.getUsers()
		const posts = await service.getPosts()

		console.log('Example: Fetchy', {
			Users: users.data,
			Posts: posts.data

	} catch(err) {
		console.warn('ERROR', err)


// Await all promises to fulfill
async function FetchyAll() {
	try	{
		const values = await Promise.all([ service.getUsers(), service.getPosts() ])
		console.info('Example: FetchyAll', values.map(v => v.data))

	} catch(err) {


You can only await on async functions from within other async functions.