Automatically generate fields from a schema object and bind them to an object

Angular Core Dependency: *

Module License: MIT

Added by: Sam Deering





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Module Description


Avoid bloating your templates with repetitive form html.
Instead, just specify a schema for the form and the model you want to bind it to and you're done!

NEW! This project has just been completely revamped to be more modular. You can now use AutoFields without bootstrap!

Check out a demo & documentation


####Bower bower install angular-autoFields-bootstrap

####Nuget install-package AngularJs.AutoFields.Bootstrap


<script type="text/javascript" src="js/autofields.js"></script>
<!-- with bootstrap -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/autofields-bootstrap.js"></script>


  1. If you're doing this manually and using bootstrap, be sure to install Angular-UI Bootstrap for date popover support
  2. Include the autofields.js script provided by this component into your app. If you are using bootstrap, also include autofields-bootstrap.js
  3. add autofields as a module dependency to your app


.controller('JoinCtrl', ['$scope', function ($scope) {
    $scope.user = {
        username: '',
        password: '',
        confirmPassword: '',

    $scope.schema = [
        { property: 'username', type: 'text', attr: { ngMinlength: 4, required: true }, msgs: {minlength: 'Needs to have at least 4 characters'} },
        { property: 'password', type: 'password', attr: { required: true } },
        { property: 'confirmPassword', label: 'Confirm Password', type: 'password', attr: { confirmPassword: 'user.password', required: true } }

    $scope.join = function(){
        if(!$scope.joinForm.$valid) return;
        //join stuff....


 <form name="joinForm" ng-submit="join()">
    <auto:fields fields="schema" data="user"></auto:fields>
    <button type="submit" class="btn btn-default btn-lg btn-block" ng-class="{'btn-primary':joinForm.$valid}">Join</button>

##Field Schema

  • property the data property to bind to
  • type the type of field. Options include: checkbox, date, select, textarea, any text variation (ie. password, text, email, number)
  • label the label for the field. If no label is provided it will convert the property name to title case. If you don't want a label, set it's value to ''
  • placeholder the placeholder for the field. If no placeholder is provided it will use the label. If you don't want a placeholder, set it's value to ''
  • help a block of help or description text to be displayed beneath the field
  • attr any additional attributes you would like to have on the object. Camelcase is converted to dash notation. Validation properties can go here.
  • list the string that goes into ng-options for select fields
  • rows number of textarea rows (default: 3)
  • columns number of sm columns a field should span if the type is multiple. If this is applied at the same level as the multiple type, it will apply it to all of it's fields.
  • msgs validation messages for corresponding validation properties on the field
  • validate enable/disable validation for the field (default: true)
  • addons array of addon objects to be included with the input
    • button is a button (default: false)
    • icon class string for an icon to include, empty or null implies no icon
    • content string to be placed in the addon
    • before prepend the addon (default: false)



  • classes object with an array of classes for each element of a field group: container, input, label
  • attributes object with default attribute-value pairs for each element of a field group: container, input, label
  • displayAttributes array of attributes that affect field display
  • container the html for the div the will hold the fields
  • textareaRows the default amount of rows for a textarea (3)
  • fixUrl whether or not url type fields should have http:// auto added (true)

####With Validation

  • validation settings for validation
    • enabled enabled/disable validation (enabled by default)
    • showMessages enabled/disable validation messages (enabled by default)
    • defaultMsgs default validation messages when none is specified in the field schema

####With Bootstrap

  • classes adds 8 new element class arrays: row, col, colOffset, helpBlock, inputGroup, inputGroupAddon, inputGroupAddonButton, button
  • layout layout options for the fields
    • type form type: basic | horizontal
    • labelSize how many columns a label should span
    • inputSize how many columns an input should span
  • defaultOption the text for the default select option (Select One)
  • dateSettings settings for the date fields (see angular-ui-bootstrap's date picker)
  • datepickerOptions settings for the date picker (see angular-ui-bootstrap's date picker)

##Extend AutoFields is now highly extensible allowing developer to easily add new field types and field properties.

###Adding New Field Types ####$autofieldsProvider.registerHandler(types, handler)

  • types a string or array of strings with field types that will be used to map to the handler
  • handler a function that will be called by AutoFields to create the fields html. AutoFields will pass directive, field, and field index
  • directive directive properties, options, and elements:
    • container the autofields container element
    • options the options for the directive
  • field the field schema currently being processed
  • index the index of the field in the field schema array


module('autofields.checkbox', ['autofields.core'])
.config(['$autofieldsProvider', function($autofieldsProvider){
    // Checkbox Field Handler
    $autofieldsProvider.registerHandler('checkbox', function(directive, field, index){
        var fieldElements = $autofieldsProvider.field(directive, field, '&lt;input/&gt;');

        if(fieldElements.label) fieldElements.label.prepend(fieldElements.input);

        return fieldElements.fieldContainer;

###Adding New Field Properties ####$autofieldsProvider.registerMutator(key, mutator, options)

  • key something the mutator can be referenced by in require & override requests
  • mutator called by autofields after the creation of a field element
    • directive
      • container the autofields container element
      • options the options for the directive
    • field the field schema currently being processed
    • fieldElements an object containing:
      • fieldContainer the container element for the field's label and input
      • label the label element
      • input the input element
      • validation whether or not to include validation requires validation
      • msgs an array of possible error messages requires validation
      • validMsg a field's valid message requires validation


module('autofields.helpblock', ['autofields.core'])
.config(['$autofieldsProvider', function($autofieldsProvider){
    // Help Block Propert Support
    $autofieldsProvider.registerMutator('helpBlock', function(directive, field, fieldElements){
        if(! return fieldElements;
        fieldElements.helpBlock = angular.element('&lt;p/&gt;');
        fieldElements.helpBlock.addClass(directive.options.classes.helpBlock.join(' '))

        return fieldElements;


  • It shares the scope of it's parent so that it can access the data on the scope
  • To make it work on IE8, just add a polyfill for Array.isArray()

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