AngularJS - UI-Router, Params and Ionic

14 April 2014

I’ve been learning ui-router and I’d like to share some things I’ve learned that took me a while to get. With bits of Ionic Framework.

Let’s say you have an abstract state with a child and another state and you want to trigger a transition from the controller to the other state. The following is a concrete example. I was building an ionic app that would grab a photo from the phones photolibrary and transition to another view, passing the fetched uri to the new view.


'use strict';

var app = angular.module('Txtbinge', ['ionic', 'firebase']);$ionicPlatform) {
  $ionicPlatform.ready(function() {
    if(window.StatusBar) {

app.config(function($stateProvider, $urlRouterProvider) {

  .state('app', {
    url: '/app',
    abstract: true,
    controller: 'AppController',
    templateUrl: 'templates/applayout.html'

  .state('app.home', {
    url: '/home',
    views: {
      'centerContent' :{
        templateUrl: 'templates/home.html'

  .state('crop-image', {
    url: '/crop-image/:imageURI',
    templateUrl: 'templates/crop-image.html',
    controller: 'CropController'


Here we set up all the states in our app. Note that the ‘crop-image’ state is going to require an ‘:imageURI’ param in it’s url.

'use strict';

app.controller('AppController', function($scope, $state, Camera) {

  $scope.newPost = function() {
    if( ) {
      Camera.getPicture().then(function(imageURI) {
        $scope.imagesrc = encodeURIComponent(imageURI);
        $state.go('crop-image', {imageURI:$scope.imagesrc});
      }, function(err) {
        console.log('error inside getPicture(): ' + err);
    } else {
      console.log('no camera');
      var str = encodeURIComponent('app/images/ionic.png');
      console.log('encoded uri is: ' + str);
      $state.go('crop-image', {imageURI:str});

app.controller('CropController', function($scope, $stateParams) {
  $scope.imageURI = $stateParams.imageURI;
  console.log('inside cropcontroller ' + $scope.imageURI);

The AppController is the main controller for this app. Accessible from any state inheriting from the app abstract state declared in app.js. Notice how we are fetching a uri from the photolibrary and passing it as a parameter for the CropController. We must first call encodeURIComponent() on this uri to pass the value around. Otherwise ui-router get’s confused - loading CropController but failing to change the url or load the template.


'use strict';

app.factory('Camera', ['$q', function($q) {
  function cameraSuccess(imageURI, q) {
    // hack until cordova 3.5.0 is released
    if (imageURI.substring(0,21) === 'content://') {
      var photoSplit=imageURI.split('%3A');
  return {
    getPicture: function() {
      var q = $q.defer(); { cameraSuccess(imageURI, q); },
                                  function(msg) {
                                  }, {
      return q.promise;

In camera-service.js we’ve wrapped all calls to the cordova-plugin-camera in an agularjs service. This is a good solution until the Ionic Framework provides guidance on interfacing with cordova plugins. See How to use Cordova plugins ….


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