Angular – HttpClient Get API Code Example with Promise


Angular HttpClient got recently released in Angular 4 (later versions) and then formalized in Angular 5. Going forward, Angular recommends usage of HttpClient for communicating with backend services over the HTTP protocol.

Before getting started, on a lighter note, check out this comic strip on Promise. :). In Javascript, Promises are either resolved or rejected. In other words, Promise always transition from state of pending  to resolution or reject.

promises are resolved or rejected

Figure 1. Some keep promises, some reject them 🙂

In this post, you will learn some of the following:

  • How to use HttpClient Get API and Promise
  • Processing Response with HttpCient Get API made to return Promise
  • Sample Interview Questions

How to use HttpClient Get API and Promise

The code given below represents usage of Promise with Angular HttpClient service. This is a prescription service (RxService) which retrieves all the prescriptions for a doctor.

import {Http, Headers, RequestOptions} from '@angular/http';
import {Injectable} from '@angular/core';
import {Rx} from './rx';
import {Observable} from 'rxjs/Observable';
import {Cookie} from 'ng2-cookies';
import {HttpClient, HttpHeaders, HttpResponse} from "@angular/common/http";

export class RxService {
    private rxUrl = 'http://localhost:8080/rx';

    constructor(private httpClient: HttpClient) {

    getRx(): Promise<Rx[]> {
        return this.httpClient.get(this.rxUrl, {observe: 'response', headers:  new HttpHeaders().set('Authorization', 'Bearer ' + Cookie.get('access_token'))})
            .catch(err => {
                return Promise.reject(err.error || 'Server error');

    extractData(res: HttpResponse<Object>) {
      var array = new Array();
      var key, count = 0;
      for(key in res.body) {
      return array;

Note some of the following in above code example:

  • Option observe: ‘response’: This instruct the server to return full response including data and header information comprising of special headers or status codes to indicate certain conditions.
  • Option HttpHeaders: HttpHeaders object is used to set Authorization information in outgoing request. Note that HttpHeader is an immutable class which implies that invoking set() would return a new instance.
  • Instance of HttpResponse<Object> is returned from the GET API. Note the processing of response data.
  • Notice usage of RxJS toPromise() method to convert Observable into a Promise object.
  • Code within Promise results in resolution or rejection (Promise.reject).

Processing Response with HttpCient Get API made to return Promise

The code given below represents RxListComponent which displays a list of prescription retrieved using RxService shown above. Note the usage of then method to process the returned Promise object.

import {RxService} from './rx.service';
import {Rx} from './rx';
import {Component, OnInit} from '@angular/core';
import {Router} from '@angular/router';

  templateUrl: './rx-list.component.html'
export class RxListComponent  implements OnInit {

  rxlist: Rx[];
  errorMessage: string;

  constructor(private rxService: RxService, private router: Router) {
    this.errorMessage = '';

  ngOnInit(): void {

  getRx() {
          .then(rxlist => {
                  this.rxlist = rxlist;
                  if (this.rxlist.length === 0) {
                      this.errorMessage = 'There are no prescriptions you have created so far!';
              error =>  {
                  console.error('An error occurred in retrieving rx list, navigating to login: ', error);

Sample Interview Questions

  • How to use Promise with HttpClient service?
  • How do you send Authorization data in outgoing request from HttpClient service? Explain with code examples.
  • How to get entire response object as part of response? What is observe option?

Further Reading


In this post, you learned about some of the following:

  • How is Promise used with Angular HttpClient service?
  • Sample interview questions

Did you find this article useful? Do you have any questions about this article or understanding the usage of Promise with Angular HttpClient service (Get API)? Leave a comment and ask your questions and I shall do my best to address your queries.

Ajitesh Kumar

Ajitesh Kumar

Ajitesh is passionate about various different technologies including programming languages such as Java/JEE, Javascript, PHP, C/C++, mobile programming languages etc, and, computing fundamentals related with cloud-native technologies, application security, cloud computing platforms, mobile apps, big data etc.

He has also authored the book, Building Web Apps with Spring 5 and Angular.
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