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detecting ajax requests on nodejs with express

detecting ajax requests on nodejs with express  using -'ajax,node.js,express'

I'm using NodeJS with Express. How can I tell the difference between an ordinary browser request and an AJAX request? I know I could check the request headers but does Node/Exprsss expose this information?

asked Sep 18, 2015 by rajeevr642
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In case the req.xhr is not set, say in frameworks such as Angularjs, where it was removed, then you should also check whether the header can accept a JSON response (or XML, or whatever your XHR sends as a response instead of HTML).

if (req.xhr || req.headers.accept.indexOf('json') > -1) {
  // send your xhr response here
} else {
  // send your normal response here

Of course, you'll have to tweak the second part a little to match your usecase, but this should be a more complete answer.

Ideally, the angular team should not have removed it, but should have actually found a better solution for the CORS' pre-flight problem, but that's how it rests now...

answered Sep 18, 2015 by mcasudhir
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Most frameworks set the X-Requested-With header to XMLHttpRequest, for which Express has a test:

app.get('/path', function(req, res) {
  var is_ajax_request = req.xhr;
answered Sep 18, 2015 by yogeshplv