Refresh JWT Token using Axios request interceptor (interceptors.request) – Multiple requests at once problem

  axios, javascript, vue.js, vuex

I’m using this code to intercept every HTTP call in Axios, in order to keep the user logged in by refreshing the JWT token when it expires:

const { token } = window.localStorage;

const axiosInstance = axios.create({
    baseURL: process.env.VUE_APP_API_ENDPOINT,
    withCredentials: false,
    headers: {
      Accept: "application/json",
      "Content-Type": "application/json",
      Authorization: token && token.length > 0 ? `Bearer ${token}` : ""

axiosInstance.interceptors.request.use(request => {
    if (request.url.endsWith("refresh")) {  // prevent infinite loop
      return request;

const { expiryDate } = window.localStorage;
const currentTimestamp = Math.round(new Date().getTime() / 1000);

if (expiryDate && currentTimestamp >= expiryDate) {
  console.log("token expired.");

  return store
    .dispatch("auth/refreshToken")  // refreshToken action will place the token in localStorage.token
    .then(() => {
      const newToken = window.localStorage.token; 

      request.headers.Authorization = `Bearer ${newToken}`;

      return Promise.resolve(request);
    .catch(() => Promise.resolve(request));
console.log("token not expired.");

return request;


This used to work fine until I added more requests at page load, each request is trying to refresh the token which causes an error in the back-end. How do I solve this problem? I have searched a lot but all the solutions I found were for interceptors.response like this one, I’d like to use interceptors.request because logging in is optional and there will be no 401 response if the user is not logged in.

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