AngularJS Nested Forms


Sometimes it is desirable to nest forms for the purpose of grouping controls and inputs logically on the page. However, HTML5 forms should not be nested. Angular supplies ng-form instead.

<form name="myForm" noValidate>
  <!-- nested form can be referenced via 'myForm.myNestedForm' -->
  <ng-form name="myNestedForm" noValidate>
    <input name="myInput1" ng-minlength="1" ng-model="input1" required />
    <input name="myInput2" ng-minlength="1" ng-model="input2" required />

  <!-- show errors for the nested subform here -->
  <div ng-messages="myForm.myNestedForm.$error">
    <!-- note that this will show if either input does not meet the minimum -->
    <div ng-message="minlength">Length is not at least 1</div>

<!-- status of the form -->
<p>Has any field on my form been edited? {{myForm.$dirty}}</p>
<p>Is my nested form valid? {{myForm.myNestedForm.$valid}}</p>
<p>Is myInput1 valid? {{myForm.myNestedForm.myInput1.$valid}}</p>

Each part of the form contributes to the overall form's state. Therefore, if one of the inputs myInput1 has been edited and is $dirty, its containing form will also be $dirty. This cascades to each containing form, so both myNestedForm and myForm will be $dirty.