Grails adds a couple of methods and properties to our controller classes automatically. One of the methods is the header() method. With this method we can set a response header with a name and value. The methods accepts two arguments: the first argument is the header name and the second argument is the header value.

In the following controller we invoke the header() method to set the header X-Powered-By with the Grails and Groovy version.

package header.ctrl

class SampleController {

    def grailsApplication

    def index() {
        final String grailsVersion = grailsApplication.metadata.getGrailsVersion()
        final String groovyVersion = GroovySystem.version
        header 'X-Powered-By', "Grails: $grailsVersion, Groovy: $groovyVersion"


We can test this with the following Spock specification:

package header.ctrl

import grails.test.mixin.TestFor
import spock.lang.Specification

class SampleControllerSpec extends Specification {

    def "index must set response header X-Powered-By with value"() {

        response.headerNames.contains 'X-Powered-By'
        response.header('X-Powered-By') == 'Grails: 2.2.4, Groovy: 2.0.8'


Code written with Grails 2.2.4

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