How to require at least 1 checkbox for AngularJS Form Validation?

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I have an array of JSON objects which is displayed in a form. I would like to have the form validation work where a user has to select at least one checkbox for the entire form to be valid.

I know that the ng-required can be used but with the implementation I have, it means that all of them have to be selected for it to be valid.

Here is the code I have so far:


<div ng-repeat="item in volunteerOptions">
    <label class="checkbox"><input type="checkbox" value="" data-ng-model="item.selected" ng-required="true">{{ item.content }}</label>

<button type="submit" class="btn btn-success" ng-disabled="!memberRegistrationForm.$valid">Submit</button>


$scope.volunteerOptions = [
        { content : 'Content 1', selected : false },
        { content : 'Content 2', selected : false },
        { content : 'Content 3', selected : false },
        { content : 'Content 4', selected : false },

Any ideas on how I would be able to achieve this behaviour?

How to solve :

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Method 1

You can add another scope property and use array.some to check if any of the selected are true. Then feed that scope property to ng-required. Something like

$scope.isOptionsRequired = function(){
  return !$scope.volunteerOptions.some(function(options){
    return options.selected;

<input type="checkbox" value="" data-ng-model="item.selected" ng-required="isOptionsRequired()">

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