Disallow unnecessary return await

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This rule was deprecated in ESLint v8.46.0 with no replacement. The original intent of this rule was to discourage the use of return await, to avoid an extra microtask. However, due to the fact that JavaScript now handles native Promises differently, there is no longer an extra microtask. More technical information can be found in this V8 blog entry.

Using return await inside an async function keeps the current function in the call stack until the Promise that is being awaited has resolved, at the cost of an extra microtask before resolving the outer Promise. return await can also be used in a try/catch statement to catch errors from another function that returns a Promise.

You can avoid the extra microtask by not awaiting the return value, with the trade off of the function no longer being a part of the stack trace if an error is thrown asynchronously from the Promise being returned. This can make debugging more difficult.

Rule Details

This rule aims to prevent a likely common performance hazard due to a lack of understanding of the semantics of async function.

Examples of incorrect code for this rule:

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/*eslint no-return-await: "error"*/

async function foo() {
    return await bar();

Examples of correct code for this rule:

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/*eslint no-return-await: "error"*/

async function foo1() {
    return bar();

async function foo2() {
    await bar();

// This is essentially the same as `return await bar();`, but the rule checks only `await` in `return` statements
async function foo3() {
    const x = await bar();
    return x;

// In this example the `await` is necessary to be able to catch errors thrown from `bar()`
async function foo4() {
    try {
        return await bar();
    } catch (error) {}

When Not To Use It

There are a few reasons you might want to turn this rule off:

  • If you want to use await to denote a value that is a thenable
  • If you do not want the performance benefit of avoiding return await
  • If you want the functions to show up in stack traces (useful for debugging purposes)


This rule was introduced in ESLint v3.10.0.

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