user253530 user253530 - 2 years ago 84
AngularJS Question

Call method in directive controller from other controller

I am trying to figure this one out but it seems google is not my friend today so I'm going to ask you guys here. Basically I have a directive that has its own controller. See the below code:

var popdown = angular.module('xModules',[]);

popdown.directive('popdown', function () {
var PopdownController = function ($scope) {
this.scope = $scope;

PopdownController.prototype = {
show:function (message, type) {
this.scope.message = message;
this.scope.type = type;

hide:function () {
this.scope.message = '';
this.scope.type = '';

var linkFn = function (scope, lElement, attrs, controller) {


return {
controller: PopdownController,
link: linkFn,
replace: true,
templateUrl: './partials/modules/popdown.html'


This is meant to be a notification system for errors/notifications/warnings. What I want to do is from another controller (not a directive one) to call the function show on this controller. And when I do that I would also want my link function to detect that some properties changed and perform some animations.

Here is some code to exemplify what I'm asking for:

var app = angular.module('app', ['RestService']);

app.controller('IndexController', function($scope, RestService) {
var result = RestService.query();

if(result.error) {
popdown.notify(error.message, 'error');

So when calling
on the
directive controller the link function should also be triggered and perform an animation. How could I achieve that?

Answer Source

This is an interesting question, and I started thinking about how I would implement something like this.

I came up with this (fiddle);

Basically, instead of trying to call a directive from a controller, I created a module to house all the popdown logic:

var PopdownModule = angular.module('Popdown', []);

I put two things in the module, a factory for the API which can be injected anywhere, and the directive for defining the behavior of the actual popdown element:

The factory just defines a couple of functions success and error and keeps track of a couple of variables:

PopdownModule.factory('PopdownAPI', function() {
    return {
        status: null,
        message: null,
        success: function(msg) {
            this.status = 'success';
            this.message = msg;
        error: function(msg) {
            this.status = 'error';
            this.message = msg;
        clear: function() {
            this.status = null;
            this.message = null;

The directive gets the API injected into its controller, and watches the api for changes (I'm using bootstrap css for convenience):

PopdownModule.directive('popdown', function() {
    return {
        restrict: 'E',
        scope: {},
        replace: true,
        controller: function($scope, PopdownAPI) {
            $ = false;
            $scope.api = PopdownAPI;

            $scope.$watch('api.status', toggledisplay)
            $scope.$watch('api.message', toggledisplay)

            $scope.hide = function() {
                $ = false;

            function toggledisplay() {
                $ = !!($scope.api.status && $scope.api.message);               
        template: '<div class="alert alert-{{api.status}}" ng-show="show">' +
                  '  <button type="button" class="close" ng-click="hide()">&times;</button>' +
                  '  {{api.message}}' +

Then I define an app module that depends on Popdown:

var app = angular.module('app', ['Popdown']);

app.controller('main', function($scope, PopdownAPI) {
    $scope.success = function(msg) { PopdownAPI.success(msg); }
    $scope.error   = function(msg) { PopdownAPI.error(msg); }

And the HTML looks like:

<html ng-app="app">
    <body ng-controller="main">
        <a class="btn" ng-click="success('I am a success!')">Succeed</a>
        <a class="btn" ng-click="error('Alas, I am a failure!')">Fail</a>

I'm not sure if it's completely ideal, but it seemed like a reasonable way to set up communication with a global-ish popdown directive.

Again, for reference, the fiddle.

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