Will Will - 1 year ago 81
AngularJS Question

Why is Angularjs ng-pattern not working with the following regexp?

For some reason the initialized value doesn't appear in the field, but the second field without the ng-pattern does work. any ideas?

angular.module('app', []).controller('MainCtrl', function($scope) {
$scope.widget = {title: 'abc', title2: 'abc'};

<div ng-app="app" ng-controller="MainCtrl">
<input ng-model="widget.title" required ng-pattern="/[a-zA-Z]{4}[0-9]{6,6}[a-zA-Z0-9]{3}/">
<br /><br />
input 1: {{ widget.title }}
<br /><br />
<input ng-model="widget.title2" required>
<br /><br />
input 2: {{ widget.title2 }}

Here is the Fiddle

Sam Sam
Answer Source


I looked into it a bit (never really used Angular), and by using the name attribute on the form and inputs, you can grab an error like shown in my newest JSFiddle. Its in the format: {{formName.inputName.$error}}. This returns an object with parameters that equal a boolean. So {{form.title.$error.pattern}} will be true when there is an error with the regular expression (so you would display the error). I also cleaned (works the same) your regex to: /^[A-Z]{4}\d{6}[A-Z\d]{3}$/i.


The ng-pattern attribute attempts to match the field based on this regular expression: /[a-zA-Z]{4}[0-9]{6,6}[a-zA-Z0-9]{3}/. This translates to 4 alphabetical characters, 6 digits, and 3 alphanumeric characters. Once you have a matching pattern, it will show up.

You should be able to remove the ng-pattern attribute or change the expression to be less specific. For example, this JSFiddle will accept any value as long as the entire string is alphanumeric. Update the question if you want help with a different pattern.