Rotem B Rotem B - 14 days ago 5x
AngularJS Question

Angular class change directive doesn't work

I want to add a directive that will do something when an element class is changed.

My directive is:

(function (angular) {

.directive('myClassWatch', myClassWatch);

function myClassWatch() {
return {
restrict: 'A',
link: function (scope, element, attrs, controller) {
scope.$watch(function () {
return element.attr('class');
}, function (newValue, oldValue) {
if(oldValue !== newValue)
console.log('class changed from ' + oldValue + ' to ' + newValue);

The html is:

<div class="top-icons-item popup-container popup-link-container" my-class-watch>


I do some actions elsewhere that toggles the class "open" in my div element - it is visible in the html - yet the debugger is never called (also no console logs of course). I can see that the link function is called on page load and the debugger also stops, but thats only on page load and not afterwards when I actually do actions that adds another class.

I have read several issued here before including Directive : $observe, class attribute change caught only once but I can't understand why I don't get the same result. What can I do to try check why this occures?

Update: The class change is made using jQuery not in a controller but in an old jquery watches code. May this be cause? could angular be unaware of class change when its not done from an angular code?


Wrap your jQuery code into $apply.

It similar to you are making changes to $scope out of angular context(jquery ajax, setTimeout, etc). Use $apply to make angular know about the changes done.

    angular.element(document.getElementById('app')).injector().invoke(['$compile', '$rootScope', function($compile, $rootScope) {
       $rootScope.$apply(function() {
           //your jquery code goes here...
           var a = document.getElementById('abc');