How to use http interceptor in Angular8

In this blog post, I will show you how and when to use the angular HTTP INTERCETPR in Angular Application.

What is Angular HttpInterceptor

Http Interceptor is angular framework feature which allows the angular application to intercept and modify the Http request before sending it to server.

When to use the Angular Http Interceptor

You can use the HTTP interceptor in the following cases

  • Modify the headers of HTTP request like adding the authorization header
  • Profiling/Tracing all the application at a central place
  • Global exception handling
  • Adding retry logic for the failed request

There are other uses cases also, but above use cases are fit for almost every angular application.

How to create custom HTTP interceptor in Angular

Creating custom HTTP interceptor is very simple in Angular. Just create a class and implements the HttpInterceptor which have one method which signature is shown below.

interface HttpInterceptor {
  intercept(req: HttpRequest<any>, next: HttpHandler): Observable<HttpEvent<any>>

How and where to register the custom HTTP interceptor

After implementing the HTTP interceptor, you have to register the interceptor in the angular pipeline
You can register the HTTP interceptor in the module as below

  imports: [BrowserModule, FormsModule, HttpClientModule],
  declarations: [AppComponent],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent],
  providers: [
      provide HTTP_INTERCEPTORS,
      useClass: CustomInterceptor,
      multi: true
export class AppModule {}
  • The provide property holds the token that serves as the key for both locating a dependency value and configuring the injector.
  • The second property is a provider definition object, which tells the injector how to create the dependency value.

Does HTTP interceptor order matters

Yes, HTTP interceptor executes in order.


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