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matt duBurg
matt duBurg
5,112 Points

Node.js course - getting same error when using template literal username

"undefined:1 <html><body>You are being <a href="https://teamtreehouse.com/home">redirected</a>.</body></html> SyntaxError: Unexpected token < in JSON at position 0 at JSON.parse (<anonymous>) at IncomingMessage.<anonymous> ((removed)/profileSearch/app.js:24:40) at IncomingMessage.emit (node:events:539:35) at endReadableNT (node:internal/streams/readable:1344:12) at process.processTicksAndRejections (node:internal/process/task_queues:82:21)"

I get this error any time i try to run the app and I cant find any resources to help me. when the request was previously not a template literal I was not having this issue, even though the issue appears to be the json that the program is expecting. Has anyone experienced anything like this?

matt duBurg
matt duBurg
5,112 Points

(code posted here)

const https = require("https");
//print the data
function printMessage(username, badge_count, points) {
    const message = `${username} has ${badge_count} total badge(s) and ${points} points in JavaScript`;

function getProfile(username) {
    try {
        //connect to API URL (https:teamtreehouse.com/mattduburg.json)
        const request = https.get(

            (response) => {
                let body = ""
                //read the data
                response.on("data", (data) => {
                    //parse the data
                    body += data.toString();
                response.on("end", () => {
                    //parse the data
                    let profile = JSON.parse(body)
                    printMessage(username, profile.badges.length, profile.points)
    } catch (error) {


1 Answer

Mark Sebeck
Mark Sebeck
Treehouse Moderator 37,746 Points

Hi Matt. Looks like you forgot to pass in a username. When I run your code with


it runs fine