arjun arjun - 1 year ago 161
Javascript Question

What is the difference between $routeProvider and $stateProvider in AngularJs

Please explain the difference between

in AngularJs.

Which is best practice.

Answer Source

Both do same work as like they used for routing purpose in SPA.

1. Angular Routing - per $routeProvider docs

URLs to controllers and views (HTML partials). It watches $location.url() and tries to map the path to an existing route definition.


<div ng-view></div>

Above tag will render the template from the $routeProvider.when() condition which you had mentioned in .config (configuration phase) of angular


  • The page can only contain single ng-view on page
  • If your SPA has multiple small components on page which you wanted to render based on some condition, In such scenario $routeProvider fails.(for achieving the same we need to go for directive like ng-include, ng-switch, ng-if, ng-show actually which looks bad to have them in SPA)
  • You can not relate between two routes like parent and child relationship.
  • You cannot show and hide a part view based on url pattern.

2. ui-router - per $stateProvider docs

AngularUI Router is a routing framework for AngularJS, which allows you to organize the parts of your interface into a state machine. UI-Router is organized around states, which may optionally have routes, as well as other behavior, attached.

Multiple & Named Views

Another great feature is the ability to have multiple ui-views view per template.

While multiple parallel views are a powerful feature, you'll often be able to manage your interfaces more effectively by nesting your views, and pairing those views with nested states.


<div ui-view>
    <div ui-view='header'></div>
    <div ui-view='content'></div>
    <div ui-view='footer'></div>

The majority of ui-router's power is it can manages nested state & views.


  • You can have multiple ui-view on single page
  • various view can be nested in each other and maintain by defining state in routing phase.
  • We can have child & parent relationship here, simply like inheritance in state, also you could define sibling states.
  • You could change the ui-view="some" of state just by using absolute routing using @ with state name.
  • Other way you could relative routing using only @ to change ui-view="some", This will replace the ui-view rather than checking it is nested or not.
  • Here you could use ui-sref to create a href URL dynamically on the basis of URL mentioned in a state, also you could give a state params in the json format.

For more Information Angular ui-router

For better flexibility with various nested view with states, I'd prefer you to go for ui-router

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