Restrict number of decimals in html5 type="number" input field (with Angularjs model)

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Please find the fiddle

<div ng-app="">
  <div ng-controller="Ctrl">

      WANTS:  {{val | number:2}} in "input" elelent<br>
    2 decimal in input:  <input  ng-model='val'> <br>
    2 decimal in input:  <input  type="number" step="0.01" ng-model='val'><br>
    2 decimal in input:  <input  ng-model='val' value="{{val |number:2}}"> <br>


How can I restrict the decimal places to 2 digits in an INPUT field. As in the example {{val | number:2}} works, but not sure how to use it to format the ng-model attached to an field. I could have formatted the data/model itself, but I have few values I like to keep the extra decimal, but only display 2 decimal.


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

You can write a directive to control this functionality. It is not something that ships with angular, but directives can control how things look and work on the page.

I wrote a simple one:

This is the linking function that does the trick:

            var newVal=$(this).val()+(e.charCode!==0?String.fromCharCode(e.charCode):'');
            if($(this).val().search(/(.*)\.[0-9][0-9]/)===0 && newVal.length>$(this).val().length){

This works at limiting the input to 2 decimal places, but doesn’t format the input to two decimal places. Anyways, it is a starting point. I am sure you can look up other examples and write your own directive to handle this the way you want. The thing about Angular is that it is not a framework with an answer to every question, but a framework that allows you to create additional functionality than what HTML5 provides alone and makes it very simple.

Method 2

You can do this without JQuery, and without a directive. Your original attempt with step was very close. I found this site that shows how to use HTML5 inputs to restrict using the step and AngularJS regular expression input filters.

<div ng-app="app">
    <div ng-controller="Ctrl"> @*Just an empty controller in this example*@
        <form name="myForm">
            <input type="number" name="myDecimal" placeholder="Decimal" ng-model="myDecimal" ng-pattern="/^[0-9]+(\.[0-9]{1,2})?$/" step="0.01" /><br />
            Is a valid decimal?<span ng-show="!myForm.myDecimal.$valid">{{myForm.myDecimal.$valid}}</span>

Method 3

I expanded on the accepted answer to look at the step attribute when determining how many decimal places to limit.

directive('forcePrecision', function () {
    return {
        restrict: 'A',
        scope: {
           step: '@'
        link: function (scope, element, attrs) {
            if (!scope.step || scope.step == 'any') {

            var prec = 1;
            for (var i = scope.step; i != 1; i *= 10) {
                prec *= 10;

            element.on('keypress', function (e) {
                var val = Number(element.val() + (e.charCode !== 0  ? String.fromCharCode(e.charCode) : ''));

                if (val) {
                    var newVal = Math.floor(val * prec) / prec;

                    if (val != newVal) {

Method 4

I have extended the Tim’s fiddle incase some one is looking for working solution

modified the keypress event to retrieve the original typed value based on the cursor position

        var value = $(this).val();
                    var decimalPointPosition = value.indexOf(".");
                    if(!((e.charCode === 46) || (e.charCode > 47 && e.charCode <= 57)))

                    else if (decimalPointPosition >= 0) {
                        var decimalCount = value.substring(decimalPointPosition + 1).length;
                        if ((decimalCount == 2 && $(this).prop("selectionStart") > decimalPointPosition)) {


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

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