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Version: 19.0.0

Cancel HTTP requests


This document was recently modified to reflect the switch from Axios to Fetch

Having Taquito implemented in composable modules is a design choice to allow users to customize the modules to meet some of their specific needs.

One of these needs might be the ability to cancel HTTP requests to optimize the network. Indeed, Taquito has heavy methods that make a lot of requests to the RPC. For example, in some cases, users might want to cancel almost immediately a call when using it in user interfaces. It is possible to incorporate some logic into the HttpBackend and RpcClient classes to fulfill this need.

Here is one example to override HttpBackend and/or RpcClient:

Create a custom HttpBackend

Create a class called CancellableHttpBackend which extends the HttpBackend class. Override the createRequest method to utilize an AbortController to handle and capture abort signals.


We currently use the AbortController to timeout requests in the HttpBackend class. Plase note that this example will override the timeout functionality. If you want to keep the timeout functionality, you can add a custom timeout to call the cancelRequest method after a certain amount of time.

class CancellableHttpBackend extends HttpBackend {
private abortController: AbortController;
constructor() {
this.abortController = new AbortController();
resetAbortController() {
this.abortController = new AbortController();
cancelRequest() {
async createRequest<T>(
let response;
try {
const response = await fetch(urlWithQuery, {
body: JSON.stringify(data),
signal: this.abortController.signal,
if (typeof response === 'undefined') {
throw new Error('Response is undefined');
// Handle responses with status code >= 400
if (response.status >= 400) {
const errorData = await response.text();
throw new HttpResponseError(
if (json) {
return response.json() as T;
} else {
return response.text() as unknown as T;
} catch (e: unknown) {
} finally {

Create a custom RpcClient

Create a class called CancellableRpcClient which extends the RpcClient class. Pass its constructor an instance of our CancellableHttpBackend class. And lastly, add the cancelRequest method which is used to trigger the abort signal.

import { RpcClient } from '@mavrykdynamics/taquito-rpc';
class CancellableRpcClient extends RpcClient {
httpBackend: CancellableHttpBackend;
url: string,
chain: string = 'main',
customHttpBackend: CancellableHttpBackend = new CancellableHttpBackend()
) {
super(url, chain, customHttpBackend),
this.httpBackend = customHttpBackend;

Set the RpcProvider

Set CancellableRpcClient on our TezosToolkit instance instead of using the default RpcClient class:

import { TezosToolkit } from '@mavrykdynamics/taquito';
import { InMemorySigner } from '@mavrykdynamics/taquito-signer';
const signer: any = new InMemorySigner('your_key');
const customRpcClient = new CancellableRpcClient('your_RPC_URL')
const tezos = new TezosToolkit(customRpcClient);

Trigger the abort signal

Now that we've setup the customRpcClient, we can trigger request cancellations by calling:

await customRpcClient.cancelRequest();

Note that this example we provided will abort all RPC calls when triggered. There are unquestionably other methods to override and modify Taquito, and this example is just one of many possible implementations.

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