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Last Updated: August 23, 2016
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· alockwood05

Angular Directive, accessing the controller

1) Accessing required dependent directive controllers:

.directive('myDirRequiresNgModel', function(){
  return {
    restrict: 'A',
    require: 'ngModel',
    link: function(scope, iElement, iAttributes, ctrl){
      //ctrl is the ngModel controller
    }
  };
}]);

2) Accessing multiple required directive controllers

.directive('myDirRequiresNgModel', function(){
  return {
    restrict: 'A',
    require: ['ngModel','form'],
    link: function(scope, iElement, iAttributes, ctrl){
      //ctrl is the array of controllers [ngModel, ngForm]
    }
  };
}]);

3) Accessing parent required controller (living upwards in the dom tree

.directive('myDirRequiresNgModel', function(){
  return {
    restrict: 'A',
    require: '^form', // a '?^form' makes it optional
    link: function(scope, iElement, iAttributes, ctrl){
      //ctrl is the ngForm controller from the nearest parent with the directive
    }
  };
}]);

4) Accessing this controller the simple way

.directive('myDirRequiresNgModel', function(){
  return {
    restrict: 'A',
    controller: 'MyController',
    link: function(scope, iElement, iAttributes, ctrl){
      //ctrl is the MyController object
    }
  };
}]);

5) Accessing both MyController and ngModel (or any other directive controller)

.directive('myDirRequiresNgModel', function(){
  return {
    restrict: 'A',
    require: ['ngModel', 'myCtrl'],
    controller: 'MyController'
    link: function(scope, iElement, iAttributes, ctrl){
      //ctrl is [ngModel, MyController] 
    }
  };
}]).controller('MyController', function(){
  this.id = 'myCtrl';  // this is how it looks up the ctrl, apparently! 
});

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I was looking into my options for using the functionality you explain here but your last example (#5) did not work for me.

I was able to get my directives to work with both a require on the parent directive and the current child directive. Here is an explanation on a stackoverflow question I answered ( http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21342698/controller-required-by-directive-cant-be-found/ ) and here is my functioning example on github ( https://github.com/sgwatgit/angular-directives-communication )

over 1 year ago ·