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Wrapper for fetch to simplify sending and receiving RDF data.

This is the light version of the @rdfjs/fetch package without the @rdfjs/formats-common dependency. It can be usefully if you want to make a build for the browser with a reduced set of parsers and serializers. The formats options is required for this package. See also the @rdfjs/fetch documentation.


The package exports a fetch function which wraps the request and response object for on the fly RDF quad processing. The function accepts the same parameters like fetch, but also accepts some addition options and provides additional methods.


The options object accepts the following additional parameters:

  • formats: An formats-common compatible object which contains a set of parsers and serializers. This parameter is required.
  • factory: If given, the factory will be used to create a Dataset when dataset() is called. If the parameter is not given, the dataset() method will be not attached to the response.
  • fetch: An alternative fetch implementation. By default nodeify-fetch will be used.

The following options influence the logic of RDF quad processing:

  • headers.accept: The accept header field will be set automatically with a list of available parsers in the formats object. If it's already set, it will not be overwritten. This can be useful if only a subset of the available parsers should be used.
  • headers.content-type: When the request has a body, this header field will be automatically set to use matching media type for the used serializer. By settings this field manually, a specific serializer can be enforced.
  • body: If the request should send quads, the quads must be given either as a stream or as an iterable. Iterable will be converted to streams before they are handed over to the serializer.


The following methods are attached to the standard fetch response object:

  • quadStream(): This method returns the quads of the response as stream. The parser is selected based on the content type header field.
  • dataset(): This method uses the quadStream() method to parse the content and will pipe it into a dataset, which is also the return value. The method is async, so await is required to get the actual result. This method is only available when the factory option is given.


This example fetches data from a resource on Wikidata. The stream API is used to process all quads. For all rdfs:label quads of the defined entity, the object language and value will be written to the console.

const formats = require('@rdfjs/formats-common')
const fetch = require('@rdfjs/fetch-lite')

const entity = ''
const label = ''

fetch('', { formats }).then(res => res.quadStream()).then(quadStream => {
  return new Promise(resolve => {
    quadStream.on('end', resolve)

    quadStream.on('data', quad => {
      if (quad.subject.value === entity && quad.predicate.value === label) {
        console.log(`${quad.object.language}: ${quad.object.value}`)
}).catch(err => console.error(err))
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