How to watch for a route change in AngularJS?

How to watch for a route change in AngularJS?

How would one watch/trigger an event on a route change?

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

Note: This is a proper answer for a legacy version of AngularJS. See this question for updated versions.

$scope.$on('$routeChangeStart', function($event, next, current) { 
   // ... you could trigger something here ...
 });

The following events are also available (their callback functions take different arguments):

  • $routeChangeSuccess
  • $routeChangeError
  • $routeUpdate – if reloadOnSearch property has been set to false

See the $route docs.

There are two other undocumented events:

  • $locationChangeStart
  • $locationChangeSuccess

See What’s the difference between $locationChangeSuccess and $locationChangeStart?

Solution 2:

If you don’t want to place the watch inside a specific controller, you can add the watch for the whole aplication in Angular app run()

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

myApp.run(function($rootScope) {
    $rootScope.$on("$locationChangeStart", function(event, next, current) { 
        // handle route changes     
    });
});

Solution 3:

$rootScope.$on( "$routeChangeStart", function(event, next, current) {
  //..do something
  //event.stopPropagation();  //if you don't want event to bubble up 
});

Solution 4:

$rootScope.$on( "$routeChangeStart", function(event, next, current) {
  //if you want to interrupt going to another location.
  event.preventDefault();  });

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