Timeout feature in the axios library is not working

From this axios issue (Thanks to zhuyifan2013 for giving the solution), I've found that axios timeout is response timeout not connection timeout.

Let say you've requested the URL through axios and server is taking long time to respond, in this case the axios timeout will work.

But you don't have internet connection or the IP address or domain name that you're requesting not there, in this case axios timeout will not work.

You've to use the following code

  let source = CancelToken.source();
  setTimeout(() => {
    // Timeout Logic
  }, 10000);

  axios.get(ip + '/config', {cancelToken: source.token}).then((result) => {
    // Handle your response

Please note that if you've valid connection, still the Timeout Logic block will get executed.

You need to create an instance of the axios http client:

const httpClient = axios.create();
httpClient.defaults.timeout = 500;

You can then use the httpClient as follows:

return httpClient.post(`${ROOT_URL}/login/${role}`, creds)

On a side note you can also set the base url in the same config instead of using ${ROOT_URL}:

httpClient.defaults.baseURL = ROOT_URL

This code works for me:

  method: "post",
  url: 'http://example.com/api',
  timeout: 1000 * 5, // Wait for 5 seconds
  headers: {
    "Content-Type": "application/json"
  data: {
    id: 1234
  .then(response => {
    const serverResponse = response.data;
    // do sth ...
  .catch(error => {

If server won't respond in 5 seconds, it goes into catch block.

This is also useful: #1503