Arthur  Kishinets Arthur Kishinets - 1 month ago 6
AngularJS Question

Angular controller is not defined

I want to create some event handler in my directive`s controller. Here is directive code:

module.exports = function() {
return {
restrict: 'EA',
bindToController: true,
scope: {
myarticle: '=article'
controllerAs: 'ctrl',
templateUrl: '../../views/draggableArticle.html',
link: function(scope, element, attr) {
controller: function() {
this.clicked = function() {
this.dragstartHandler = function() {

And my view:

<div draggable="true" ondragstart="ctrl.dragstartHandler($event);" ng-click="ctrl.clicked()">
<h2>{{ctrl.myarticle.webTitle | limitTo: 40}}</h2>
<p>{{ctrl.myarticle.blocks.body[0].bodyTextSummary | limitTo: 200}}</p>

When I click on the block it works and alert "clicked", but when i drag a block it gives me an error

Uncaught ReferenceError: ctrl is not defined


ondragstart is native JS event fired from within global window scope, which is not aware of needed controller, while ng-click is fired from within controller's scope. We can load needed scope using angular.element(this).scope() function:

<div draggable="true" 
  <h2>{{ctrl.myarticle.webTitle | limitTo: 40}}</h2>
  <p>{{ctrl.myarticle.blocks.body[0].bodyTextSummary | limitTo: 200}}</p>

for the same reason angular $event is also unavailable, but you can still use all arguments passed to native function.

There is also angular module ngDraggable, but it has an issue with firing drag start event -