Angular directive for check number input

5/2/2015·4 min read

In this blog, I'll create an angular directive to limit the length user can enter to the input text field. In the following example, the number directive default is 10, but the value could be overridden by the attribute.

The Angular Javascript Code

First, following code is based on angular1, the version is 1.4.8 . The below code all is doing are, setup the angular module, set up the controller and the scope for the controller so that'll bind to the HTML later. Next, we'll create directive numberField to the angular app.

var app = angular.module('myApp', []);

app.controller("myController", ['$scope', function($scope){

$scope.title = "my app number input";
$scope.mynumber = '';


app.directive('numberField', function () {
    'use strict';
    var NUMBER = /[^0-9]/g,
        DEFAULT = 10;

    return {
        require: 'ngModel',
        link: function (scope, element, attrs, modelCtrl) {
            var lenth = attrs.numberLength || DEFAULT;
            modelCtrl.$parsers.push(function (inputValue) {

                if (inputValue == undefined) return ''
                var transformedInput = inputValue.replace(NUMBER, '');
                if (transformedInput.length <= lenth) {
                    // default number always 10 digits, otherwise looking for number-length attr
                    if (transformedInput != inputValue) {
                    return transformedInput;

                var newValue = transformedInput.slice(0, -1);
                return newValue;


Once we have the Angular ready, we can use the angular as following. First setup the app an controller to the HTML element. Then, next put angular directive number-field to the input field. Notice the second input field has attribute number-length as 6, because we use that at angular code to check the length of the number.

<section ng-app="myApp" ng-controller="myController">
  <input type="text" number-field ng-model="mynumber"/> 
  max length is 10
  <input type="text" number-field ng-model="mynumber2" number-length="6"/>
  max length is 6

Now, that's a simple way to create a number input field with a max length setting. You can also see above code from jsfiddler here. Or try the result from following.