AngularJS How to create resuable component using directive


AngularJS directives are what controls the rendering of the HTML inside an AngularJS application. They can be an Html element, attribute, class or a comment. Directives are used to manipulate the DOM, attaching new behavior to HTML elements, data binding and many more. Some of examples of directives which angular provides are ng-model, ng-hide, ng-if.

Similarly one can create his own custom directive and make them resuable. For creating Custom directives Reference. The sense behind creating reusable directives is to make a set of directives/components written by you just like angularjs provides us using angular.js . These reusable directives can be particularly very helpful when you have suite of applications/application which requires a consistent behavior, look and feel. An example of such reusable component can be a simple toolbar which you may want to use across your application or different applications but you want them to behave the same or look the same.

Firstly , Make a folder named resuableComponents in your app Folder and make reusableModuleApp.js



 var reusableModuleApp = angular.module('resuableModuleApp', ['ngSanitize']);

 //Remember whatever dependencies you have in here should be injected in the app module where it is intended to be used or it's scripts should be included in your main app  
                               //We will be injecting ng-sanitize

 resubaleModuleApp.directive('toolbar', toolbar)


 function toolbar($sce){

     restrict :'AE',
        //Defining below isolate scope actually provides window for the directive to take data from app that will be using this.
        scope : {
                value1: '=',
                value2: '=',

     template : '<ul>  <li><a ng-click="Add()" href="">{{value1}}</a></li>  <li><a ng-click="Edit()" href="#">{{value2}}</a></li> </ul> ',
         link : function(scope, element, attrs){
              //Handle's Add function
              scope.Add = function(){


              //Handle's Edit function
              scope.Edit = function(){




   var mainApp = angular.module('mainApp', ['reusableModuleApp']); //Inject resuableModuleApp in your application where you want to use toolbar component
   mainApp.controller('mainAppController', function($scope){
      $scope.value1 = "Add";
      $scope.value2 = "Edit"; 


 <!doctype html>
 <html ng-app="mainApp">
  <title> Demo Making a reusable component
  <body ng-controller="mainAppController">
     <!-- We are providing data to toolbar directive using mainApp'controller -->
     <toolbar value1="value1" value2="value2"></toolbar>
    <!-- We need to add the dependent js files on both apps here -->
     <script src="js/angular.js"></script>
     <script src="js/angular-sanitize.js"></script>
     <!-- your mainApp.js should be added afterwards --->
      <script src="mainApp.js"></script>

     <!-- Add your reusable component js files here -->
      <script src="resuableComponents/reusableModuleApp.js"></script>


Directive are reusable components by default. When you make directives in separate angular module, It actually makes it exportable and reusable across different angularJs applications. New directives can simply be added inside reusableModuleApp.js and reusableModuleApp can have it's own controller, services, DDO object inside directive to define the behavior.