Get response header in then() function of a ngResource object's $promise property after resource resolved?

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

I’m willing to retrieve the response header of a resource request, cause I’ve put pagination information and something else in it rather than the response body, to make the REST api clear.

Though we can get it from the success / error callback like below:

Object.get({type:'foo'}, function(value, responseHeaders){
    var headers = responseHeaders();

Where ‘Object’ is my resource factory service.

Further, when I’m trying to make the route change after required resources resolved, I’ve tried this:

.when('/list', {
    templateUrl: 'partials/list.html',
    controller: 'ListCtrl',

    // wait for the required promises to be resolved before controller is instantialized
    resolve: {
        objects: ['Object', '$route', function(Object, $route){
            return Object.query($route.current.params).$promise;

and in controller, just inject “objects” instead of Object service, because it’s resolved and filled in with real data.

But I got problem when I try to get headers info from the “objects” in controller.

I tried objects.$promise.then(function(data, responseHeaders){}), but responseHeader was undefined.

How can I change the $resource service’s behavior so that it throws the responseHeader getter into the $promise then() callback function?

My service “Object” for reference:

myServices.factory('Object', ['$resource',
        return $resource('object/:id', {id: '@id'}, {
            update: {method: 'PUT'},

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

I had the exact same problem. I used an interceptor in the resource definition to inject the http headers in the resource.

$resource('/api/resource/:id', {
    id: '@id'
  }, {
    index: {
      method: 'GET',
      isArray: true,
      interceptor: {
        response: function(response) {
          response.resource.$httpHeaders = response.headers;
          return response.resource;

Then, in the then callback, the http headers are accesible through $httpHeaders:

promise.then(function(resource) {

Method 2

I think I had a similar problem: After POSTing a new resource I needed to get the Location header of the response, since the Id of the new resource was set on the server and then returned via this header.

I solved this problem by introducing my own promise like this:

app.factory('Rating', ['$resource',
    function ($resource) {

        // Use the $resource service to declare a restful client -- restangular might be a better alternative
        var Rating = $resource('http://localhost:8080/courserater/rest/ratings-cors/:id', {id: '@id'}, {
            'update': { method: 'PUT'}

    return Rating;

function RestController($scope, $q, Rating) {
  var rating = new Rating();
  var defer = $q.defer(); // introduce a promise that will be resolved in the success callback
  rating.$save(function(data, headers){ // perform a POST
      // The response of the POST contains the url of the newly created resource
      var newId = headers('Location').split('/').pop();
    return defer.promise;
  .then (function(newId) {
    // Load the newly created resource
    return Rating.get({id: newId}).$promise; // perform GET
    // update the newly created resource
    rating.score = 55;
    return rating.$update(); // perform PUT

Method 3

We can’t use .then for returning the header because the promise doesn’t allow for multiple return values. (e.g., (res, err))

This was a requested feature, and was closed

… the then “callbacks” can have only [one] argument. The reason for this is that those “callbacks” correspond to the return value / exception from synchronous programming and you can’t return multiple results / throw multiple exceptions from a regular function.

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

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