I have a quick question. Did anyone managed to use Axios inside WordPress to do AJAX requests (wp_ajax with action - calling a function) not REST API and how did you do it?

It seems that Axios is sending a JSON and whenever I try the request I get a 0. However, using jQuery AJAX it works fine.

  • what is Axios ? my favorite search engine finds only companies with this name
    – mmm
    Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 11:39
  • Here's a link. Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 11:41
  • I try a example with "axios.get" and I receive JSON datas correctly. edit your question to show the code you try.
    – mmm
    Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 18:28

2 Answers 2


you can use FormData

an example:

let form_data = new FormData;
form_data.append('action', 'myAction');
form_data.append('first_name', 'my first name');
form_data.append('phone', 'my phone');

axios.post(myVars.ajax_url, form_data).then(function(response){
  • This is a solid way. Keeps from using another library or using a function that has limited backward compatibility.
    – RMH
    Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 6:32
  • why is this not accepted? i am upset. And the question only voted up once (and that was me)??? whats going on on stackoverflow????
    – Toskan
    Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 20:33
  • That worked for me very well!! I was recieving always a 0 using axios.post... and with this solution the problem was fixed. Do you know why this works beyond your magical code? Commented Jun 30, 2021 at 20:36

You need to send your data in application/x-www-form-urlencoded format.

As axios sends json $_REQUEST['action'] is not received by wordpress and it returns '0'.

To achieve this you can use either use URLSearchParams API or Qs.

Now suppose your jQuery was something like this

var data = { action: 'get_names', key2:'value2' ...... };

jQuery.post('/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php', data )
.done( function (response) {
.fail( function (error) {

Then using URLSearchParams your corresponding Axios code will be

var params = new URLSearchParams();
params.append('action', 'get_names');
 params.append('key2', 'value2');
// params.append('key3', 'value3');
axios.post('/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php', params )
.then( function (response) {
.catch( function (error) {

OR if your are using Qs.js, You need to enqueue Qs before your script

var data = { action: 'get_names', key2:'value2' ...... }; 

axios.post('/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php', Qs.stringify( data ))
.then( function (response) {
.catch(function (error) {

This is explained in a bit more detail in the following link.


  • you made my day thanks alot. Commented Dec 20, 2023 at 22:02

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