Angular 2 Directives Copy to Clipboard directive


Example

In this example we are going to create a directive to copy a text into the clipboard by clicking on an element

copy-text.directive.ts

import {
    Directive,
    Input,
    HostListener
} from "@angular/core";

@Directive({
    selector: '[text-copy]'
})
export class TextCopyDirective {

    // Parse attribute value into a 'text' variable
    @Input('text-copy') text:string;

    constructor() {
    }


    // The HostListener will listen to click events and run the below function, the HostListener supports other standard events such as mouseenter, mouseleave etc.
    @HostListener('click') copyText() {

        // We need to create a dummy textarea with the text to be copied in the DOM
        var textArea = document.createElement("textarea");

        // Hide the textarea from actually showing
        textArea.style.position = 'fixed';
        textArea.style.top = '-999px';
        textArea.style.left = '-999px';
        textArea.style.width = '2em';
        textArea.style.height = '2em';
        textArea.style.padding = '0';
        textArea.style.border = 'none';
        textArea.style.outline = 'none';
        textArea.style.boxShadow = 'none';
        textArea.style.background = 'transparent';

        // Set the texarea's content to our value defined in our [text-copy] attribute
        textArea.value = this.text;
        document.body.appendChild(textArea);

        // This will select the textarea
        textArea.select();

        try {
            // Most modern browsers support execCommand('copy'|'cut'|'paste'), if it doesn't it should throw an error
            var successful = document.execCommand('copy');
            var msg = successful ? 'successful' : 'unsuccessful';
            // Let the user know the text has been copied, e.g toast, alert etc.
            console.log(msg);
        } catch (err) {
            // Tell the user copying is not supported and give alternative, e.g alert window with the text to copy
            console.log('unable to copy');
        }

        // Finally we remove the textarea from the DOM
        document.body.removeChild(textArea);
    }
}

export const TEXT_COPY_DIRECTIVES = [TextCopyDirective];

some-page.component.html

Remember to inject TEXT_COPY_DIRECTIVES into the directives array of your component

...
    <!-- Insert variable as the attribute's value, let textToBeCopied = 'http://facebook.com/' -->
    <button [text-copy]="textToBeCopied">Copy URL</button>
    <button [text-copy]="'https://www.google.com/'">Copy URL</button>
...