Async Await in ES6

A promise can either resolve to a value or reject with an error. Async/await lets you handle these cases with synchronous operators: assignment for resolved values, and try/catch for exceptions. The return value of await is the value that the promise resolves to:

async function test() {
  const res = await new Promise(resolve => {
    // This promise resolves to "Hello, World!" after ~ 1sec
    setTimeout(() => resolve('Hello, World!'), 1000);
  // Prints "Hello, World!". `res` is equal to the value the promise resolved to


In an async function, you can use try/catch to catch promise rejections. In other words, asynchronous promise rejections behave like synchronous errors:

async function test() {
  try {
    await new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
      setTimeout(() => reject(new Error('Woops!')), 1000);
  } catch (error) {
    // Prints "Caught Woops!"
    console.log('Caught', error.message);


await must not be in a closure embedded in an async function, unless the closure is also an async function. The below code also results in a SyntaxError:

const assert = require('assert');

async function test() {
  const p = Promise.resolve('test');
  assert.doesNotThrow(function() {
    // SyntaxError: Unexpected identifier
    await p;
  console.log('Hello, world!');


Using await with any object that has a then() function will work:

async function test() {
  // This object is a "thenable". It's a promise by the letter of the law,
  // but not the spirit of the law.
  await { then: resolve => setTimeout(() => resolve(), 1000) };
  console.log('Hello, World!');



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