Intercepting Http Response writer in Go

Sometimes we have to use http handler written by external library which we don’t want to change. It’s all fine until we need to know what the handler does, like what is the status code written to the response header.

In Go net/http it’s not possible to read the response directly for many good reason. Luckily ResponseWriter is interface!

Here is example of the interceptor, to get status code.

type HTTPResponseInterceptor struct {
	StatusCode int

//NewHTTPResponseInterceptor create new httpInterceptor
func NewHTTPResponseInterceptor(w http.ResponseWriter) *HTTPResponseInterceptor {
	return &HTTPResponseInterceptor{w, http.StatusOK}

//WriteHeader override response WriteHeader
func (i *HTTPResponseInterceptor) WriteHeader(code int) {
	i.StatusCode = code

The usage is pretty straight forward, wrap the writer with the one from the interceptor. Below example is how I used in my toy project, to get status code then update echo context status code.

func (i *Index) GetIndexHandler(context echo.Context) (err error) {
	i.bleveGetIndex.IndexNameLookup = func(*http.Request) string {
		return context.Param(i.indexNameLookupKey)
	w := util.NewHTTPResponseInterceptor(context.Response().Writer)
	i.bleveGetIndex.ServeHTTP(w, context.Request())
	context.Response().Status = w.StatusCode


I need 2 hours to come up with this solution, but it’s worth the time.
Quick googling give me this blog post which does exactly the same


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