Can one controller call another?


Is it possible to have one controller use another?

For example:

This HTML document simply prints a message delivered by the MessageCtrl controller in the messageCtrl.js file.

<html xmlns:ng="">
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <title>Inter Controller Communication</title>
    <div ng:controller="MessageCtrl">

    <!-- Angular Scripts -->
    <script src="" ng:autobind></script>
    <script src="js/messageCtrl.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

The controller file contains the following code:

function MessageCtrl()
    this.message = function() { 
        return "The current date is: " + new Date().toString(); 

Which simply prints the current date;

If I were to add another controller, DateCtrl which handed the date in a specific format back to MessageCtrl, how would one go about doing this? The DI framework seems to be concerned with XmlHttpRequests and accessing services.

By : BanksySan


There is a method not dependent on services, $broadcast or $emit. It's not suitable in all cases, but if you have 2 related controllers that can be abstracted into directives, then you can use the require option in the directive definition. This is most likely how ngModel and ngForm communicate. You can use this to communicate between directive controllers that are either nested, or on the same element.

For a parent/child situation, the use would be as follows:

Following is a publish-subscribe approach that is irrespective of Angular JS.

Search Param Controller

//Note: Multiple entities publish the same event
regionButtonClicked: function () 
        EM.fireEvent('onSearchParamSelectedEvent', 'region');

plantButtonClicked: function () 
        EM.fireEvent('onSearchParamSelectedEvent', 'plant');

Search Choices Controller

//Note: It subscribes for the 'onSearchParamSelectedEvent' published by the Search Param Controller
localSubscribe: function () {
        EM.on('onSearchParamSelectedEvent', this.loadChoicesView, this);


loadChoicesView: function (e) {

        //Get the entity name from eData attribute which was set in the event manager
        var entity = $('eData');


        currentSelectedEntity = entity;
        if (entity == 'region') {
        else if (entity == 'plant') {


Event Manager

myBase.EventManager = {

    eventArray:new Array(),

    on: function(event, handler, exchangeId) {
        var idArray;
        if (this.eventArray[event] == null) {
            idArray = new Array();
        } else { 
            idArray = this.eventArray[event];
        this.eventArray[event] = idArray;

        //Binding using jQuery
        $(exchangeId).bind(event, handler);

    un: function(event, handler, exchangeId) {

        if (this.eventArray[event] != null) {
            var idArray = this.eventArray[event];
            this.eventArray[event] = idArray;

            $(exchangeId).unbind(event, handler);

    fireEvent: function(event, info) {
        var ids = this.eventArray[event];

        for (idindex = 0; idindex 
By : Lijo

You can inject '$controller' service in your parent controller(MessageCtrl) and then instantiate/inject the child controller(DateCtrl) using:
$scope.childController = $controller('childController', { $scope: $scope.$new() });

Now you can access data from your child controller by calling its methods as it is a service.
Let me know if any issue.

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By: admin