Yashua Yashua - 3 months ago 19
Node.js Question

Wrapping promise in async/await

I'm struggling a bit with async/await and returning a value from a Promise.

function test () {
return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
resolve('Hello')
})
}

async function c() {
await test()
}


As I understood things I should be able to get a value by doing:

console.log(c())


But clearly I am missing a point here as this returns a promise. Shouldn't it print "hello"? On a similar note I am unclear as to whether a callback needs to be converted to a promise before wrapping it in async/await?

Answer

I am missing a point here as this returns a promise. Shouldn't console.log(c()) print "hello"?

No, async functions always return promises. They're not magically running asynchronous code synchronously - rather the reverse, they turn synchronous-looking code (albeit speckled with await keywords) into asynchronously running one.

You can get the result value inside the asynchronous function:

async function c() {
  const result = await test()
  console.log(result);
  return 'World';
}
c().then(console.log);

I am unclear as to whether a callback needs to be converted to a promise before wrapping it in async/await?

Yes, you can await only promises. See How do I convert an existing callback API to promises? for how to do the conversion.

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