AngularJS: callback after render (work with DOM after render)

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

How can run a method $scope.myWork() after render template? I want to set the $scope.value and after that I need to change something with JQuery (eg. in DOM of template content). $scope.$watch('value', function (){....}) is working “before” render (DOM of template is not available yet). Thanks.

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

Create a directive that runs your code in the link function.
The link function is called after the template is built.

See ng-click to get an idea.

Method 2

I use terminal and transclude in a attribute directive to call a scoped method after a model is updated and view is rendered (in my case to resize a iframe after a $Resource.query):

.directive('postRender', [ '$timeout', function($timeout) {
var def = {
    restrict : 'A', 
    terminal : true,
    transclude : true,
    link : function(scope, element, attrs) {
        $timeout(scope.resize, 0);  //Calling a scoped method
return def;

The $timeout is black magic. It should be possible to declare the JS method as the attribute value and $parse it.

So I use it in a ng-repeat (in my case a tree is rendered recursively):

<div post-render ng-repeat="r in regions | orderBy:'name'" ng-include="'tree_region_renderer.html'">

Method 3

I also had this problem, other solutions didn’t work well for me, and it seemed like the kind of thing Protractor must have solved. A quick review of Protractor’s client-side scripts shows it uses angular.getTestability(element) to know when to actually run the tests. The method waits until there are no pending timeouts or http requests and then runs your callback. Here’s my directive:

export function afterRender ($timeout) {
  return {
      restrict: 'A',
      terminal: true,
      link: function (scope, element, attrs) {
        angular.getTestability(element).whenStable(function() {

Method 4

Jens answer above will work , but note that on newer AngularJS versions (for example 1.2.3) you cannot have that postRender directive in combination with ng-repeat as attributes on the same tag since they both have transclude: true. In that case you either must remove transclude or have a separate tag with the postRender directive attribute.
Also be aware of priority of attributes when using terminal: true since you might end up having an attribute non- effective due to a higher priorotized one on the same tag.

Method 5

I found this page when looking for a way to profile DOM rendering. I found a far simple solution which is working for my use case.

Attach an ng-init handler to the DOM element and in the handler function, use $timeout to yield execution. Example:


<div ng-init="foo()">


$ = function() {
    $timeout(function() {
        // This code runs after the DOM renders

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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