Allow angularJS to listen and publish cross-document messages though window.postMessage API.

Angular Core Dependency: ~1

Module License: MIT

Added by: Sam Deering





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Kyle Welsby
Kyle Welsby

Module Description

AngularJS postMessage API

Allow angularJS to listen and publish cross-document messages though window.postMessage API.

Cross-document messaging is compatible with the following browsers as seen on Can I Use:

  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Firefox 3+
  • Chrome 4+
  • Safari 4+
  • Opera 9.5+
  • iOS Safari 3.2+
  • Opera Mini 5+
  • Android Browser 2.1+
  • Blackberry Browser 7+
  • Opera Moble 10+
  • Chrome for Android 30+
  • Firefox for Android 25+
  • Internet Exploer Mobile 10+

Partial support in IE8-9 refers to only working in frames/iframes (not other tabs/windows). Also in IE 9 and below an object cannot be sent using postMessage. Partial support in IE10 refers to limitations in certain conditions

Tested on AngularJS versions 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and IE9+.

IE8 is not officially supported by AngularJS


The repository comes with the modules pre-built and compressed into the dist/ directory.

Install the component via bower

bower install angular-post-message

Or alternatively checkout this repo into your project.

Then include dist/angular-post-message.min.js into your project.


This is a simple example which uses postMessage to deliver messages between two origins. There is a gist which will deliver a message every second


    <script src="bower_components/angular/angular.js"></script>
    <script src="bower_components/angular-post-message/angular-post-message.js"></script>
    <iframe src=""></iframe>
    <button ng-click="sendMessage();">Send response</button>
      <li ng-repeat="message in messages">{{message}}</li>


var app = angular.module('app',['ngPostMessage']);
app.controller('MainCtrl', function($scope) {
  $scope.messages = [];
  $scope.$root.$on('$messageIncoming', function (event, data){
  $scope.sendMessage = function (){


You do not need to build the project to use it, but if you are working on it then this is what you need to know.



To run all the tests

npm test

To run tests while developing (limited to latest Angular version on Google Chrome)

karma start

or run tests once


Module stats last updated: 2017-12-07 16:00:06

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