Watch multiple $scope attributes

04/19/2020 09:00:01

Is there a way to subscribe to events on multiple objects using $watch


$scope.$watch('item1, item2', function () { });

Verified Answer (585 Votes)

05/06/2014 17:51:28

Starting from AngularJS 1.3 there's a new method called $watchGroup for observing a set of expressions.

$ = 'foo';
$ = 'bar';

$scope.$watchGroup(['foo', 'bar'], function(newValues, oldValues, scope) {
  // newValues array contains the current values of the watch expressions
  // with the indexes matching those of the watchExpression array
  // i.e.
  // newValues[0] -> $ 
  // and 
  // newValues[1] -> $ 

Answer #2 (118 Votes)

08/14/2012 18:04:28

$watch first parameter can also be a function.

$scope.$watch(function watchBothItems() {
  return itemsCombinedValue();
}, function whenItemsChange() {

If your two combined values are simple, the first parameter is just an angular expression normally. For example, firstName and lastName:

$scope.$watch('firstName + lastName', function() {

Answer #3 (70 Votes)

01/19/2013 06:05:31

Here's a solution very similar to your original pseudo-code that actually works:

$scope.$watch('[item1, item2] | json', function () { });

EDIT: Okay, I think this is even better:

$scope.$watch('[item1, item2]', function () { }, true);

Basically we're skipping the json step, which seemed dumb to begin with, but it wasn't working without it. They key is the often omitted 3rd parameter which turns on object equality as opposed to reference equality. Then the comparisons between our created array objects actually work right.

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