Angular.js Call $http.get from outside controller

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I have an HTTP resource that returns a JSON list of top 10 entities from a database.
I call it this way:

var filter= "john";
var myApp = angular.module('myApp', []);
myApp.controller('SearchController', ['$scope','$http', function ($scope, $http) {
    $http.get('/api/Entity/Find/' + filter). //Get entities filtered
        success(function (data, status, headers, config) {
            $scope.entities = data;
        error(function () {

It works!

But… how can I change the filter variable in order to change the query?
Should I rewrite the whole controller to get this to work?


Sorry for the lack of clarity in my question. When I asked this I couldn’t undertand anything of AngularJS.

My original intent was to get the variable $http injected, without relying on creating a controller for that.

Thanks for everyone.

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

A likely better method

If you don’t want to get it inside a controller, you could have it injected into a recipe (ex, provider, factory, service):

myApp.factory('getStuff', ['filter', '$http', function (filter, $http) {

If you want to get an instance of $http outside of any angular struct, you can do what’s shown below.

The method given by Dennis works; however, it does not work if called before angular has been bootstrapped. Also, it seems like Derek has an error with Dennis’ method because he does not have jquery.

The solution that Exlord mentioned is better, as it does not have that problem, and is more proper:

$http = angular.injector(["ng"]).get("$http");


The angular injector is an:

object that can be used for retrieving services as well as for dependency injection

The function angular.injector takes the modules as a parameter and returns an instance of the injector.

So in this case you retrieve an injector for the ng module (angular’s), and then retrieve the service $http.

One thing to keep in mind when using injector like this is that in my own findings it seems you need to make sure you include modules in the inject which what you are “getting” will need. For example:

angular.injector(['ng', 'ngCordova']).get('$cordovaFileTransfer')

Method 2

Regarding to your question “… call $http.get from outside controller” you can do the following:


var $http = angular.element('html').injector().get('$http');


See official docs from angular: angular $injector docs :
The get(name); method Returns an instance of the service.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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