Mathew Berg Mathew Berg - 1 month ago 5
AngularJS Question

Input autofocus attribute

I have places in my code where I have this:

<input data-ng-disabled="SOME_SCOPE_VARIABLE" />

I would like to be able to use it like this too:

<input data-ng-autofocus="SOME_SCOPE_VARIABLE" />

Or even better, mimicking how ng-style is done:

<input data-ng-attribute="{autofocus: SOME_SCOPE_VARIABLE}" />

Does this exist in the current version of AngularJS? I noticed in the code there's a BOOLEAN_ATTR which gets all the attr's that AngularJS supports. I don't want to modify that in fear of changing versions and forgetting to update.


Update: AngularJS now has an ngFocus directive that evaluates an expression on focus, but I mention it here for the sake of completeness.

The current version of AngularJS doesn't have a focus directive, but it's in the roadmap. Coincidentally, we were talking about this on the mailing list yesterday, and I came up with this:

angular.module('ng').directive('ngFocus', function($timeout) {
    return {
        link: function ( scope, element, attrs ) {
            scope.$watch( attrs.ngFocus, function ( val ) {
                if ( angular.isDefined( val ) && val ) {
                    $timeout( function () { element[0].focus(); } );
            }, true);

            element.bind('blur', function () {
                if ( angular.isDefined( attrs.ngFocusLost ) ) {
                    scope.$apply( attrs.ngFocusLost );


Which works off a scope variable as you requested:

<input type="text" ng-focus="isFocused" ng-focus-lost="loseFocus()">

Here's a fiddle: