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A simple wrapper for angular's http service

Requires @angular/core and @angular/http


Install rl-http from npm:

npm install rl-http --save

Configure with Angular-CLI and SystemJs:

/** Map relative paths to URLs. */
const map: any = {
    'rl-http': 'vendor/rl-http'

/** User packages configuration. */
const packages: any = {
    'rl-http': {
        main: 'index.js'

Modify angular-cli-build.js by adding this line to vendorNpmFiles:



The rl-http utility is meant be used as a substitute for angular's http. The provider is made available by importing the RLHttpModule into your main app module

import { RLHttpModule } from 'rl-http';

// module definition
imports: [RLHttpModule],

Services can inject his to make get, put, post, and delete requests

constructor(private http: HttpUtility) {}

myFunc(): void {
    this.http.get('/api/test', { search: 'what' });         // GET against /api/test?search=what
    this.http.post('api/test', testObj);                    // POST request against /api/test with testObj as the body
    this.http.put('/api/test/1', testObj);                  // PUT request against /api/test/1 with testObj as the body
    this.http.delete('/api/test/1', { softDelete: true });  // DELETE request against /api/test/1?softDelete=true

The rl-http utility handles the details of building the params object into a URLSearchParams object to provide to angular's http. It also builds a header to specify the content type as application/json. Finally, it jsonizes the body of PUT and POST requests, and parses the response of any request from JSON. These are things that angular's http service doesn't handle internally.


In addition to making http requests easier to manage, the rl-http utility also provides the ability to specify an http interceptor. This interceptor runs when each http request completes to allow you to specify default success/error behavior. This is particularly useful for providing default behavior for handling certain http status codes. To use the interceptor, you have to specify a provider for the abstract class HttpInterceptor. This will then get picked up by the rl-http utility and used for all requests.

import { HttpInterceptor } from 'rl-http';

class MyInterceptor extends HttpInterceptor {
    // optional
    handleSuccess(response: Response): any {
        if (response.status == 204) {
            console.log('No body to display');
    // optional
    handleError(response: Response): Observable<any> {
        if (response.status == 401) {

// provider
provide(HttpInterceptor, {
   useClass: MyInterceptor, 

Note that the interceptor functions run over the raw http response, not the parsed data that the rl-http service returns. This gives the interceptor access to the http status codes.


This project uses systemjs and karma to run unit tests.

npm install
npm run build
npm test


npm install
npm run build-test

If you encounter an issue and want to debug it:

npm run test.debug


npm run build-test.watch

(Runs tsc in watch mode and concurrently runs the test debugger)


npm i rl-http

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