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On-demand & semi-automatic re-evaluation of angular one-time bindings

'ok' examples @ gh-pages


  bower install angular-bind-notifier --save
  jspm install angular-bind-notifier --save
  npm install angular-bind-notifier --save

  <script src="path/to/angular-bind-notifier/dist/angular-bind-notifier.js"></script>


This package is meant for those looking for a middleground between two way binding, and one time bindings. someTimeBinding?

Based off of the work done by @kseamon on fast-bind, a proposal from August 2014 on labeled bindings and @kasperlewau's bower port of fast-bind, designed to closely resemble the one-time double-colon syntax introduced with Angular 1.3.

The idea is to pass a set of key(s) between the first and second colon of a one-time expression.

Said key(s) will need to be pre-registered with a corresponding value, either by a bind-notifier directive or or a $Notifier instance, DI'd and coupled with your $scope.

Once a key's value changes, a broadcast will be sent down through the descendant scopes, letting each expression with the :key:expr syntax know that it is time to re-evaluate the result of the expression.

Possible use cases include but are not limited to;

  • Model data that changes seldomly, that then needs to be reflected in the view.
  • Translation(s) of the entire page (or a subsection), where static data needs to be re-translated.

Keys are determined by the following rules:

  • surrounded by : character
  • consists only of alphanumeric characters and -
  • cannot start with a -
  • is at the start of the binding or follows another key

For example: in :keyOne:key-2:3:variable | someFilter:true:10 the following are keys: keyOne, key-2, 3 and the remaining contents are the expression due to variable | someFilter not matching the rules of being a key


// inject the module dependency
angular.module('your_module_name', [ 'angular.bind.notifier' ]);


jsbin example

<!--single notifierkey:expression-->
<div bind-notifier="{ notifierKey:watchedExpression }">
<!--multiple notifierkey:expression's-->
<div bind-notifier="{ keyOne:watchedExprOne, keyTwo:watchedExprTwo }">
<!--multiple notifierkey:expression's (for a single binding)-->
<div bind-notifier="{ keyOne:watchedExprOne, keyTwo:watchedExprTwo }">
<!--nested bind-notifiers-->
<div bind-notifier="{ keyOne:watchedExprOne }">
  <div bind-notifier="{ keyTwo:watchedExprTwo }">

$Notifier(scope, notifierMap)

jsbin example

The $Notifier factory returns a constructor function for you to setup a new $Notifier instance.

Both params ($scope & notifierMap) are required, a lack of either is considered a programmatical error and an error will be thrown.

.controller('...', function ($scope, $Notifier) {
  $scope.a = 'a';
  $scope.b = 'b';

  new $Notifier($scope, {
    aNameSpace: 'a',
    bNameSpace: 'b'
<span ng-bind=":aNameSpace:expression"></span>
<span ng-bind=":bNameSpace:expression"></span>

manual refreshment

jsbin example

The above use cases showcase how $watched expressions refresh bindings.

What happens behind the scenes is that a $broadcast is sent with the $$rebind:: prefix, followed by the key of your notifier key:value mapping.

As such, you can manually $broadcast whenever you want to refresh the binds - you don't need to setup a semi-automatic watcher through bind-notifier or $Notifier.

<span ng-bind=":superduper:expression">
$scope.$broadcast('$$rebind::' + 'superduper'); // binding: refreshed!


  • npm install; npm install gulp -g
  • gulp [lint|test|test:browser]


MIT © Kasper Lewau