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The XMLHttpRequest.responseXML property returns a Document containing the response to the request, or null if the request was unsuccessful, has not yet been sent, or cannot be parsed as XML or HTML. The response is parsed as if it were a text/xml stream. When the responseType is set to "document" and the request has been made asynchronously, the response is parsed as a text/html stream. responseXML is null for data: URLs.

Note: If the server doesn't apply the text/xml Content-Type header, you can use overrideMimeType()to force XMLHttpRequest to parse it as XML anyway.

If the server doesn't specify the Content-Type header as text/xml or application/xml, you can use overrideMimeType() to force XMLHttpRequest to parse it as XML anyway.


var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
xhr.open('GET', '/server', true);

// If specified, responseType must be empty string or "document"
xhr.responseType = 'document';

// overrideMimeType() can be used to force the response to be parsed as XML

xhr.onload = function () {
    if (xhr.readyState === xhr.DONE) {
        if (xhr.status === 200) {



Specification Status Comment
XMLHttpRequest Living Standard WHATWG living standard

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