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AngularJS Get Url Parameters Example

Hello readers, in this tutorial, we will understand how to retrieve the URL parameters in the angular web applications. For this tutorial, we’ll create two links on the main page and display the results based on the specified routes and the URL parameters.

1. Introduction

Before we begin with the tutorial, let’s take a look at the Angular JavaScript and its characteristics.

1.1 Angular JavaScript

Angular is a JavaScript MVC or Model-View-Controller framework developed by Google that lets developers build well structured, easily testable, and maintainable front-end applications. But before we start creating a real application using the angular library, let us see what the important parts of an angular application are.

1.1.1 Templates

In Angular, a template is an HTML with added markups. The angular library compiles the templates and renders the resultant HTML page.

1.1.2 Directives

Directives are the markers (i.e. attributes) on a DOM element that tell angular to attach a specific behavior to that DOM element or even transform the DOM element and its children. Most of the directives in the angular library start with the ng. The directives consist of the following parts:

  • ng-app: The ng-app directive is a starting point. If the angular framework finds the ng-app directive anywhere in the HTML document, it bootstraps (i.e. initializes) itself and compiles the HTML template
  • ng-model: The ng-model directive binds an HTML element to a property on the $scope object. It also binds the values of angular application data to the HTML input controls
  • ng-bind: The ng-bind directive binds the angular application data to the HTML tags
  • ng-controller: The ng-controller directive specifies a controller in the HTML element. This controller will add behavior or support the data in that HTML element and its child elements
  • ngRoute: The ngRoute module provides the route services for the angular web applications. In this, the route information or the form parameters are appended to the URL after the # tag
  • ngView: The ngView directive display the HTML templates or the views

1.1.3 Expressions

An expression is like a JavaScript code usually wrapped inside the double curly braces such as {{ expression }}. Angular library evaluates the expression and produces a result.

Th ngRoute module makes developer’s life easier, really! But it would be difficult for a beginner to understand this without an example. Therefore, let us create a simple example to show how to fetch the URL parameters using the angular library.

2. AngularJS Get Url Parameters Example

Here is a step-by-step guide for implementing this tutorial in the angular web applications.

2.1 Tools Used

We are using Eclipse Kepler SR2, JDK 8 and Maven. Having said that, we have tested the code against JDK 1.7 and it works well.

2.2 Project Structure

Firstly, let’s review the final project structure if you are confused about where you should create the corresponding files or folder later!

Fig. 1: Application Project Structure

Fig. 1: Application Project Structure

2.3 Project Creation

This section will show how to create a Java-based Maven project with Eclipse. In Eclipse Ide, go to File -> New -> Maven Project.

Fig. 2: Create Maven Project

Fig. 2: Create Maven Project

In the New Maven Project window, it will ask you to select project location. By default, ‘Use default workspace location’ will be selected. Just click on next button to proceed.

Fig. 3: Project Details

Fig. 3: Project Details

Select the ‘Maven Web App’ Archetype from the list of options and click next.

Fig. 4: Archetype Selection

Fig. 4: Archetype Selection

It will ask you to ‘Enter the group and the artifact id for the project’. We will enter the details as shown in the below image. The version number will be by default: 0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.

Fig. 5: Archetype Parameters

Fig. 5: Archetype Parameters

Click on Finish and the creation of a maven project is completed. If you see, it has downloaded the maven dependencies and a pom.xml file will be created. It will have the following code:

pom.xml

<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
	<modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>
	<groupId>AngularGetUrlParameters</groupId>
	<artifactId>AngularGetUrlParameters</artifactId>
	<version>0.0.1-SNAPSHOT</version>
	<packaging>war</packaging>
</project>

Let’s start building the application!

3. Application Building

Let’s start building an application to understand the basic building blocks of the ngRoute module in the angular library.

3.1 Load the Angular framework

Since it is a pure JavaScript framework, we should add its reference using the <script> tag.

<script type="text/javascript" src="resource/js/angular.js"></script>

To make this tutorial ready for routing and reading the URL parameters, developers must include the angular route module reference i.e.

<script type="text/javascript" src="resource/js/angular-route.js"></script>

3.2 Define the Angular application

Next, we will define the angular application using the <ng-app> directive.

index.jsp

<div ng-app="app">
	….
</div>

3.3 Create the Angular controller

The route.js JavaScript file has the ngRoute dependency defined in the angular module. This dependency allows the application to has access to the routing module via the $routeProvider attribute. The $routeProvider attribute configures the routes. It is a simple API which has two methods i.e. when() and otherwise() where when() method takes pathand routeas parameters. Here when the application is loaded, the path is matched against the part of the URL after the # tag. If the route path matches the given URL, the browser will be redirected to the specified path. If not, the browser will be redirected to the path specified in the otherwise() function.
This script also has an angular controller defined for the route1 routing to get the URL parameters using the $routeParams service and display them on the result page. To understand this, the below code snippet can be used.

route.js

var app = angular.module("app", ["ngRoute"]);

app.config(function ($routeProvider) {
	$routeProvider
		.when("/route1/:param1", {
			templateUrl: "route1.jsp",
			controller: 'ctrl'
		})
		.when("/route2", {
			templateUrl: "route2.jsp"
		});
});

app.controller("ctrl", ['$scope', '$routeParams', function ($scope, $routeParams) {
	// Using $routeParams
	$scope.value1 = $routeParams.param1;
}]);

3.4 Complete Application

Complete the above steps to show the front view and understand the use of ngRoute module in angular web applications. The index page has the routes defined along with the parameters. These parameters are accessed in the angular controller via the $routeParams service. This page has the ngView directive defined to display the HTML templates and will act as a placeholder for all the views provided by the route. To understand this, the below code snippet can be used.

index.jsp

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    <title>AngularJS HttpGet Url Parameters</title>

    <!-- AngularJs Files -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="resource/js/angular.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="resource/js/angular-route.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="resource/js/route.js"></script>

    <!-- Bootstrap Css -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/4.0.0/css/bootstrap.min.css">
</head>

<body>
    <div id="angularHttpGetUrlParameters" class="container">
        <h1 align="center" class="text-primary">AngularJS - HTTP Get Url Parameters Example</h1>
        <hr />

        <!------ Angular Http Get() Url Parameters Example ------>
        <div ng-app="app">            
            <!-- Hyperlinks to generate templates dynamically -->
            <ul id="linksList" class="list-group">
                <li class="list-group-item"><a id="r1Link" href="#!route1/testvalue1" class="pointer">Route 1</a></li>
                <li class="list-group-item"><a id="r2Link" href="#!route2" class="pointer">Route 2</a></li>
            </ul>
            <div> </div>

            <!-- Displays dynamic content based on the input url variables. -->
            <div ng-view></div>
        </div>
    </div>
</body>

</html>

In this, the /route1 is defined as /route1/testvalue1 i.e. followed by a variable. This is an indication for the angular routing that the values are appended to the URL and should be available in the angular controller using the $routeParams service.

4. Run the Application

As we are ready for all the changes, let us compile the project and deploy the application on the tomcat server. To deploy the application on Tomat7, right-click on the project and navigate to Run as -> Run on Server.

Fig. 5: How to Deploy Application on Tomcat

Fig. 5: How to Deploy Application on Tomcat

Tomcat will deploy the application in its web-apps folder and shall start its execution to deploy the project so that we can go ahead and test it in the browser.

5. Project Demo

Open your favorite browser and hit the following URL. The application’s index page will be displayed.

http://localhost:8080/AngularGetUrlParameters/

Server name (localhost) and port (8080) may vary as per your Tomcat configuration.

Fig. 6: Application Index page

Fig. 6: Application Index page

When a user clicks on any of these links, the request is sent to the browser. Here, any fragment after the # tag gets ignored by the browser in the service call and the output is displayed.

Fig. 7: Route 1

Fig. 7: Route 1

That’s all for this post. Happy Learning!!

6. Conclusion

In this section, developers learned how to use the ngRoute module in the angular web applications. Developers can download the sample application as an Eclipse project in the Downloads section.

7. Download the Eclipse Project

This was a tutorial of the retrieving the URL parameters in the angular library.

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You can download the full source code of this example here: AngularGetUrlParameters
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