Kevin Layfield Kevin Layfield - 1 year ago 70
Javascript Question

Getting error when using observables with an http service in Angular2: Cannot read property '[property]' of undefined

I'm slowly building an angular2 site, but I'm very inexperienced with this platform still. Right now I have two components that use the same service: stories and storyDetails. The stories component just gets a list of all stories from my web api. The storyDetails component will list more detailed information about a single story. The stories component works fine, but I am getting an error when I try to load the storyDetails component.

Uncaught (in promise): Error: Error in /app/stories/details/storyDetails.component.template.html:0:22 caused by: Cannot read property 'title' of undefined

I've breakpointed on my service's extractData function and verified that json is being returned and has the following value:
body = Object {storyId: 1, urlAffix: "a_story_title", title: "A Story Title", text: "This is the story", entityId: null…}
However, it should be noted that I'm getting the error before this line is ever executed.

Here are the relevant files:


import {Injectable} from '@angular/core';
import {Story} from '../story';
import { Http, Response } from '@angular/http';
import { Observable } from 'rxjs/Observable';

export class StoryService {
private storyUrl = 'http://localhost:51332/api/storyapi'; // URL to web API
constructor(private http: Http) { }
getStories(): Observable<Story[]> {
return this.http.get(this.storyUrl)
getStoryDetails(storyId: Number): Observable<Story> {
return this.http.get(`${this.storyUrl}/${storyId}`)
private extractData(res: Response) {
let body = res.json();
return body;
private handleError(error: any) {
let errMsg = (error.message) ? error.message :
error.status ? `${error.status} - ${error.statusText}` : 'Server error';
console.error(errMsg); // log to console instead
return Observable.throw(errMsg);


import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import { OnInit } from '@angular/core';

import { Story } from '../story.ts';
import { StoryService } from '../services/storyService.service';

import { ActivatedRoute } from '@angular/router';

selector: 'storyDetails',
templateUrl: '/app/stories/details/storyDetails.component.template.html',
providers: [StoryService]

export class StoryDetails implements OnInit {
errorMessage: string;
story: Story;
mode = 'Observable';
storyId: Number;
private sub: any;
constructor(private storyService: StoryService, private route: ActivatedRoute) { }
ngOnInit() {

this.route.params.subscribe(params => {
this.storyId = +params['id']; // (+) converts string 'id' to a number
getStoryDetails(storyId : Number) {
story => this.story = story,
error => this.errorMessage = <any>error);
ngOnDestroy() {



<h2>Story Details</h2>



export class Story {
public storyId: Number;
public urlAffix: string
public title: string;

I noticed that if I don't put anything in the template html file that references the story object, I don't get the error. I'm sure I'm making a rookie mistake but I just cannot find it.

Answer Source

The storyDetails component is trying to render {{story.title}} before it is defined. Try wrapping your component or just the title in an *ngIf. Once the asynchronous call is complete (and story is defined) the span will render along with the title.

<span *ngIf="story">