"SyntaxError: Unexpected token < in JSON at position 0" "SyntaxError: Unexpected token < in JSON at position 0" json json

"SyntaxError: Unexpected token < in JSON at position 0"

The wording of the error message corresponds to what you get from Google Chrome when you run JSON.parse('<...'). I know you said the server is setting Content-Type:application/json, but I am led to believe the response body is actually HTML.

Feed.js:94 undefined "parsererror" "SyntaxError: Unexpected token < in JSON at position 0"

with the line console.error(this.props.url, status, err.toString()) underlined.

The err was actually thrown within jQuery, and passed to you as a variable err. The reason that line is underlined is simply because that is where you are logging it.

I would suggest that you add to your logging. Looking at the actual xhr (XMLHttpRequest) properties to learn more about the response. Try adding console.warn(xhr.responseText) and you will most likely see the HTML that is being received.

You're receiving HTML (or XML) back from the server, but the dataType: json is telling jQuery to parse as JSON. Check the "Network" tab in Chrome dev tools to see contents of the server's response.

This ended up being a permissions problem for me. I was trying to access a url I didn't have authorization for with cancan, so the url was switched to users/sign_in. the redirected url responds to html, not json. The first character in a html response is <.