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 Posted on 10/24/2019

Is there an easy way to detect if an XMLHttpRequest is active in the browser window? Or how many are active? ie. Is there a way to detect if there are any AJAX calls active in my browser window?

Extension of question: Using javascript is there a way I can see if any XMLHttpRequests are open? Such as "window.XMLisActive()" or something like that?

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Asked by Aidam Turner on 10/24/2019 Score: 62 points
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Answered by Ned Batchelder on 10/25/2019 9:39:01 AM Score: 41 points

There is not a way to detect an open connection from JS unless you write a wrapper for XmlHttpRequest (or monkey patch it) that keeps track of opened connections.

Here's kidcapital's monkey patch, not sure if it's perfect, but it's a good start

(function() {
var oldOpen =; window.openHTTPs = 0; = function(method, url, async, user, pass) {
            this.addEventListener("readystatechange", function() {
                       if(this.readyState == 4) {
            }, false);, method, url, async, user, pass);


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