Request is a popular and widely used npm package for making HTTP requests in Node.js. It provides a simple and intuitive API for sending HTTP/HTTPS requests and handling responses. With Request, you can easily make GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, and other types of requests, set headers, handle cookies, and manage redirects.
Compared to the built-in HTTP module in Node.js, Request offers a more user-friendly and feature-rich interface. It supports various authentication methods, follows redirects automatically, and provides convenient options for handling response bodies, including JSON parsing and streaming. Request is actively maintained and has a large community of users and contributors.
Alternatives: axios, node-fetch, superagent
Compared to other popular HTTP request libraries like Axios and Fetch, Superagent offers a smaller footprint and a more minimalistic approach. It is known for its ease of use and versatility, making it a popular choice for developers who prefer a lightweight solution for handling HTTP requests in their applications.
Alternatives: axios, fetch, request