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AngularJS Autofocus directive
* the HTML5 autofocus property can be finicky when it comes to dynamically loaded
* templates and such with AngularJS. Use this simple directive to
* tame this beast once and for all.
* Usage:
* <input type="text" autofocus>
* License: MIT
angular.module('utils.autofocus', [])
.directive('autofocus', ['$timeout', function($timeout) {
return {
restrict: 'A',
link : function($scope, $element) {
$timeout(function() {
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jolugama commented Nov 13, 2014


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dustinsmith1024 commented Nov 27, 2014


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zhangnanMoo commented Jan 9, 2015

what if $timeout have not controll time it will be?

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kirkstrobeck commented Jan 21, 2015

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Salynne commented Feb 9, 2015

Any chance you could explicitly license this under an open source license or mark it as public domain?


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natarajanknr commented Apr 20, 2015

Thanks its working fine..

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prashantpalikhe commented Apr 30, 2015

Since the callback is purely DOM related, there is no need to trigger digest cycle after the input is focussed. So, passing third argument (invokeApply) to $timeout() as false would be a better approach imo.

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magm84 commented Jul 1, 2015


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mudroljub commented Jul 30, 2015

Very clean and cool 👍

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jonkri commented Jul 30, 2015

The lack of an open source license prohibits me from using this. Licensing this under the MIT license (the same license as AngularJS is licensed under) would be great.

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mlynch commented Dec 8, 2015

It's MIT Licensed

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BenjaminConant commented Jan 8, 2016

Hey ... just found this after writing my own solution ...

  .directive('angularAutoFocus', function () {
    return {
      restrict: 'A',
      link: function (scope, element, attrs) {

any chance you can explain why you are using element[0] ... instead of just element. Also reasoning for the $timeout .. would prefer to not have it if it is not necessary.

for context I have only tired this on inputs while using uirouter and running into wonkyness with html5 autofocus

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blaise-io commented Feb 10, 2016

@BenjaminConant: .focus() (without [0]) only works when you have jQuery loaded. The $timeout is required because at execution time, the element may not be present in the DOM yet.

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eyupaltindal commented Feb 21, 2016

thanks 👍

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BenjaminConant commented Mar 30, 2016

@blaise-io thanks much!

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ortichon commented Apr 10, 2016

Great, thank you

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aarongray commented May 27, 2016

This directive was working great with an earlier version of Angular 1.4, but I recently upgraded to Angular 1.4.10, and started getting this error: Uncaught TypeError: $exceptionHandler is not a function. The solution was to inject $exceptionHandler in addition to $timeout into the directive. I believe this is because $timeout delegates any exceptions that occur within the function to the $exceptionHandler.


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MarcMouallem commented Jul 1, 2016

Like a boss!

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iuprade commented Sep 6, 2016


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DrakeXiang commented Apr 5, 2017

The $timeout to the rescue!!!

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sokhomhuy commented Apr 7, 2017


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maxthevoice commented Jun 13, 2017


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joryschmidt commented Feb 11, 2018

wonderful, thank you sir

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jeponkz commented Sep 18, 2020

how to add autofocus conditionally? so if expression is true add "autofocus" attribute.

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