Razor Pages, fetch with POST from JavaScript, no page reload


In my ASP.NET Razor Pages project I want to do a POST request from JavaScript and use the response, without a page reload.

In my page model I have a handler similar to:

public async Task<IActionResult> OnPostAddThanks()
    // actual work ommited

    var thanksCount = 42; // dummy value

    return new JsonResult(thanksCount);

I'm trying to call it from JavaScript with the fetch API doing:

async function sendThanks() {
    const response = await fetch('?handler=AddThanks', {
        method: 'POST'

    return response.json()

This is pretty standard and straightforward, but it doesn't work, I get a status code 400, Bad Request, with no hint on what the problem is.

I spent several hours trying different things to get past this.


The issue was that I needed to send in the request the anti-forgery token that was automatically generated for Razor Pages.

This page explains it pretty well, follow it to see all the details: https://www.talkingdotnet.com/handle-ajax-requests-in-asp-net-core-razor-pages/

Basically you need to add this in Program.cs / Startup.cs:

services.AddAntiforgery(o => o.HeaderName = "XSRF-TOKEN");

, and then send the "XSRF-TOKEN" in the request headers. There is an example there with jQuery AJAX, here is my version using the fetch API:

async function sendThanks() {
    const response = await fetch('?handler=AddThanks', {
        method: 'POST',
        headers: {
            "XSRF-TOKEN": document.querySelector("[name='__RequestVerificationToken']").value

    return response.json()
Author: Dan Dumitru
Last Edit: November 17, 2023
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Last Edit November 17, 2023
Created November 16, 2023
Razor Pages

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