How to Write an Angular directive to update CSS class based on form validation

Tags: css,angularjs

Problem :

I have the following Angular/HTML which uses Bootstrap CSS classes to indicate whether a form is valid or not using Angular validation.

<form name="editor" novalidate>
    <div class="form-group" ng-class="{'has-error':$dirty && ($error.invalid ||$error.required)}"> 
         <input type="text" class="form-control" name="name" maxlength="150" data-ng-model="name" required />

With more than one div.form-group obviously there is a lot of code repetition. What I would like to do is create an Angular attribute directive which will update the class of the div.form-group element if the input contained within it is invalid.

This is the markup I would like to get to:

<div class="form-group" data-form-group data-input="">

I have the following shell of a directive but I don't know how to monitor the (or input attribute) in order to update the class.

myApp.directive("formGroup", function () {
return {
    restrict: "A",
    scope: {
        input: "@"
    replace: false,
    link: function (scope, elem, attrs) {


I assume I need to put the relevant code in the link function, and perhaps using $watch but other than that I am a bit in the dark

Solution :

I have ended up with the following:

myApp.directive("formGroup", function ($parse) {
  return {
    restrict: "A",
    scope: {
        input: "@"
    replace: false,
    require: "^form",
    link: function (scope, elem, attrs, ctrl) {

        var expression = [ctrl.$name, scope.input, "$invalid"].join(".");

        scope.$parent.$watch(expression, function (val) {
            alert(expression + " " + val); // Pops the value.

Note that although the expression in the HTML is$error.invalid, in the link function it is$invalid.

Using the form controller means I don't have to set the ng-model attribute on the <div>.

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