doranT doranT - 2 months ago 10
AngularJS Question

What's an elegant way of accessing parent controller's member from child controller?

I am using controllerAs syntax in my application, I want to access parent controller's function from child controller, I know this is achievable by injecting $scope, however considering Angular has tried so hard to get rid of the $scope from code, I'd like to know if there is a more elegant way of doing this without injecting $scope?

Here's an example of HTML:

<div ng-controller="AppCtrl as app">
<div ng-controller="ChildCtrl as child">

And corresponding controllers:

angular.module('test').controller('AppCtrl', function () {
var vm = this;
vm.log = function() {

angular.module('test').controller('ChildCtrl', function () {
var vm = this;
// Here I want to access parent's log() function

I know I can inject $scope and then access the log function by
, but is there a bettter way to access log without injecting the


One option would be to use Angular 1.5 components.

Here is example of Intercomponent Communication.

And Components docs.

It would look something like this in child component:

.component('childComponent', {
  require: {
    parentCtrl: '^ parentCtrl'
  controller: function() {
    this. parentCtrl.anyMethod(); //here we are accessing parent's controller properties