In my previous article, we looked at how to make an HTTP POST request using XMLHttpRequest (XHR) in vanilla JavaScript. Since the most common use of XHR is for sending an asynchronous request with JSON payload, it's good to know how to do it.

JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation and is a popular format for sharing data with the server, and displaying the result back to the client.

The following example shows how you can use the XHR to make a JSON POST request in JavaScript:

const xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();

// listen for `load` event
xhr.onload = () => {

    // print JSON response
    if (xhr.status >= 200 && xhr.status < 300) {
        // parse JSON
        const response = JSON.parse(xhr.responseText);

// create a JSON object
const json = {
    "email": "",
    "password": "cityslicka"

// open request'POST', '');

// set `Content-Type` header
xhr.setRequestHeader('Content-Type', 'application/json');

// send rquest with JSON payload

Take a look at making HTTP requests using XHR tutorial to learn about all available options.

Using Fetch API

If you are working with modern browsers only, I'd suggest using the Fetch API instead of XHR. It has a clear and concise syntax, and also supports promises:

// create a JSON object
const json = {
    email: '',
    password: '123abc'

// request options
const options = {
    method: 'POST',
    body: JSON.stringify(json),
    headers: {
        'Content-Type': 'application/json'

// send post request
fetch('/login', options)
    .then(res => res.json())
    .then(res => console.log(res))
    .catch(err => console.error(err));

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