Rafael Lourenço Rafael Lourenço - 1 year ago 55
AngularJS Question

AngularJS Factory object not being updated on controller and view

I'm with a problem with binding an object of a Factory and a Controller and it's view.

I am trying to get the fileUri of a picture selected by the user. So far so good. The problem is that I am saving the value that file to

. But I am referencing it on the view and it isn't updated. (I checked and the value is actually saved to the

Here goes the source code of

(function () {
"use strict";
.factory("settingsService", settingsService);

settingsService.$inject = ["$rootScope", "$cordovaFileTransfer", "$cordovaCamera"];

function settingsService($rootScope, $cordovaFileTransfer, $cordovaCamera) {

var overlays = {
dataUrl: "",
options: {
sourceType: Camera.PictureSourceType.PHOTOLIBRARY,
destinationType: Camera.DestinationType.FILE_URI

var errorMessages = [];

var service = {
overlays: overlays,
selectOverlayFile: selectOverlayFile,
errorMessages: errorMessages

return service;

function selectOverlayFile() {
$cordovaCamera.getPicture(overlays.options).then(successOverlay, errorOverlay);

//Callback functions
function successOverlay(imageUrl) {
//If user has successfully selected a file
var extension = "jpg";
var filename = getCurrentDateFileName();
$cordovaFileTransfer.download(imageUrl, cordova.file.dataDirectory + filename + '.' + extension, {}, true)
.then(function (fileEntry) {
overlays.dataUrl = fileEntry.nativeURL;
}, function (e) {

function errorOverlay(message) {
//If user couldn't select a file

Now the controller:

(function () {
.controller("SettingsController", SettingsController);

SettingsController.$inject = ["settingsService"];

function SettingsController(settingsService) {
var vm = this;
vm.settings = settingsService;



function activate(){
// Nothing here yet

Finnally on the view:

<button id="overlay" class="button"

Whenever I change the value in the factory, it doesn't change in the view.

Thanks in advance!

Answer Source

Unfortunately Factories in angularjs are not meant to be used as two way bindings. Factories and Services are only singletons. They are only there to be used when called.

Ex Factory:

app.factory('itemFactory', ['$http', '$rootScope', function($http, $rootScope) {
var service = {};

service.item = null;

service.getItem = function(id) {
    $http.get(baseUrl + "getitem/" + id)
        .then(function successCallback(resp) {
                service.item = resp.data.Data;
        }, function errorCallback(resp) {

return service;

I use the $broadcast so if I call getItem my controller knows to go get the fresh data.

Ex Directive:

angular.module("itemApp").directive("item", ['itemFactory', '$routeParams', '$location', '$rootScope', '$timeout', function (itemFactory, $routeParams, $location, $rootScope, $timeout) {
return {
    restrict: 'E',
    templateUrl: "components/item.html",
    link: function (scope, elem, attr) {
        scope.item = itemFactory.item;

        scope.changeMade = function(){

        scope.$on("itemready", function () {
            scope.item = itemFactory.item;


So as you can see in my code above anytime I need a fresh item I use $broadcast and $on to update my service and directive. I hope this makes sense, feel free to ask any questions.