How to show images in img tag inside an ng-repeat while using Angular JS?

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My problem:

I want to display a list of images, stored localy, using ng-repeat directive, but the images re not being displayed.

AngularJS version: 1.2.22

The code:

  • Directory Structure:

      |--- common/
      |    |--- images/
      |         |--- image.png
      |--- subapp1/
      |    |--- index.html
      |    |--- subapp1.js
      |    |
      |    |--- controllers/
      |    |    |--- SubApp1Controller.js
      |    |
      |    |--- views/
      |    |    |--- imageListView.html
  • index.html

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" data-ng-app="SubApp1">
    <meta charset="utf-8" />

    <div id="page" data-ng-view="">

    <!-- Include required libs, models and controllers -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="../common/libs/angular.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="../common/libs/angular-route.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="../common/libs/angular-touch.min.js"></script>

    <!-- Controllers -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="controllers/SubApp1Controller.js"></script>

    <!-- App Module (main) -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="subapp1.js"></script>
  • subapp1.js
// Instantiate the SubApp1 Module.
var subApp1 = angular.module("SubApp1", ["ngRoute", "ngTouch"]);

// Setting Controllers
        ["$scope", SubApp1Controller]

// Define the routes for the module.
subApp1.config(function ($routeProvider) {
    $routeProvider.when("/home", {
        controller: "SubApp1Controller",
        templateUrl: "views/imageListView.html"

    $routeProvider.otherwise({redirectTo: "/home"});
  • SubApp1Controller.js
function SubApp1Controller($scope)
     *  Private Method: _run()
     *  The main function of the SubApp1Controller, where all the magic
     *      happens.
    function _run() {
        // this variable will define which style will be loaded on the image list view 
        $scope.section = "subapp1";

        var imageSource;

        imageSource = "../common/images/image.png";

        // list of media elements to be displayed on the list
        $scope.mediaList = [
                thumbnailPath: imageSource,
                imagePath: imageSource,
                thumbnailPath: imageSource,
                imagePath: imageSource,
                thumbnailPath: imageSource,
                imagePath: imageSource,
                thumbnailPath: imageSource,
                imagePath: imageSource,
                thumbnailPath: imageSource,
                imagePath: imageSource,

    // Runs the main method of this class
  • imageListView.html
<div class="grid-background"></div>

<header class="grid-header {{section}}">
    <div class="button-right"></div>

<ul id="grid" class="grid">
    <li class="grid-item" data-ng-repeat="media in mediaList">
        <img data-ng-src="{{media.thumbnailPath}}" data-src="{{media.imagePath}}"/>

Extra info:

The images are not being loaded and no error message is printed in the console.

I opened the Web Inspector tool to see what was processed in the li element and it did not have the src attribute, see bellow:

<li class="grid-item ng-scope" data-ng-repeat="media in mediaList">
        <img data-ng-src="../common/images/image.png" data-src="../common/images/image.png" />

If I add the src attribute in the img element, it is loaded, but I get an error, see bellow:

<li class="grid-item" data-ng-repeat="media in mediaList">
    <img data-ng-src="{{media.thumbnailPath}}"

<!-- Error message printed in the console -->
GET file:///[ABS_PATH]/%7B%7Bmedia.thumbnailPath%7D%7D net::ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND 

I have read many posts and questions/answers about similar issues, but none of them worked for me. Does anyone have a clue?

Thanks in advance.

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

For IMG tags and AngularJS, use just the ng-src attribute.

<img ng-src="{{media.imagePath}}" />

{{media.imagePath}} must contain the URL to the image, absolute or relative.

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

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