Handling ng-click and ng-dblclick on the same element with AngularJS

I was looking for both single and double-click event handling with AngularJS, since AngularJS always fires only the ng-click event even if there is ng-dblclick directive set for our element.

Here is some working code for those who seek solution:

JS:

function MyController($scope) {

    var waitingForSecondClick = false;
    $scope.singleClickAction = function() {

        executingDoubleClick = false;
        if (waitingForSecondClick) {
            waitingForSecondClick = false;
            executingDoubleClick = true;
            return $scope.doubleClickAction();
        }
        waitingForSecondClick = true;

        setTimeout(function() {
            waitingForSecondClick = false;
            return singleClickOnlyAction();
        }, 250); // delay

        /*
         * Code executed with single AND double-click goes here.
         * ...
         */

        var singleClickOnlyAction = function() {
            if (executingDoubleClick) return;

            /*
             * Code executed ONLY with single-click goes here.
             * ...
             */

        }

    }

    $scope.doubleClickAction = function() {

        /*
         * Code executed ONLY with double-click goes here.
         * ...
         */

    };

}

HTML:

<div ng-controller="MyController">
    <a href="#" ng-click="singleClickAction()">CLICK</a>
</div>

So my question is (since I'm an AngularJS newbie): could somebody more experianced write some nice directive for handling those both events?

In my opinion the perfect way would be to change the behaviour of ng-click, ng-dblclick and add some "ng-sglclick" directive for handling single-click-only code. Don't know if it is even possible, but I'd find it very useful for everyone.

Feel free to share your opinions!

Answers


You could just write your own. I took a look at how angular handled click and modified it with code I found here: Jquery bind double click and single click separately

<div sglclick="singleClick()" ng-dblClick="doubleClick()" style="height:200px;width:200px;background-color:black">


mainMod.controller('AppCntrl', ['$scope', function ($scope) {
    $scope.singleClick = function() {
      alert('Single Click');
    }
    $scope.doubleClick = function() {
      alert('Double Click');
    }
}])


mainMod.directive('sglclick', ['$parse', function($parse) {
    return {
        restrict: 'A',
        link: function(scope, element, attr) {
          var fn = $parse(attr['sglclick']);
          var delay = 300, clicks = 0, timer = null;
          element.on('click', function (event) {
            clicks++;  //count clicks
            if(clicks === 1) {
              timer = setTimeout(function() {
                scope.$apply(function () {
                    fn(scope, { $event: event });
                }); 
                clicks = 0;             //after action performed, reset counter
              }, delay);
              } else {
                clearTimeout(timer);    //prevent single-click action
                clicks = 0;             //after action performed, reset counter
              }
          });
        }
    };
}])

Here's an example

Plunker


Greg's answer is definitely closest to the cleanest answer. I'm going to build on his answer to come up with a version where no new code needs to be written, and no new injections need to be used in your controller.

The first thing to question is why timeouts are used to hack around these kinds of problems. Essentially, they're used to make a function skip the rest of the current event loop so that the execution is clean. In angular, however, you are actually interested in how the digest loop works. It's almost the same as your classic event handler, except for some minor differences which make it great for UX. Some tools that you have on hand to mess around with the order of function execution include scope.$eval, scope.$evalAsync,scope.$apply, and scope.$applyAsync.

I believe the $applys will kick off another digest loop, which leaves the $evals. $eval will run whatever code you include immediately with the context of the current $scope and $evalAsync will queue your function to be run at the end of the digest loop. Essentially, $evalAsync is a cleaner version of $timeout with one big difference — the first has context and exists on the scope!

This means that you can, actually, handle ng-click and ng-dblclick on the same element. Note, however, that this will still trigger the single-click function before the double-click function. This should be sufficient:

<div ng-controller="MyController">
    <a href="#"
       ng-click="$evalAsync(singleClickAction())"
       ng-dblclick="doubleClickAction()">
       CLICK
    </a>
</div>

Here's a jsfiddle with the intended functionality using Angular 1.6.4.


Came across this and thought I'd throw out an alternative. It's not too different from the original poster aside from two key points.

1) There's no nested function declarations.

2) I use $timeout. I often use $timeout even without a delay...especially if I'm kicking off promises to do other work. The $timeout will fire when the digest cycle comes through which makes sure that any data changes to scope get applied.

Given

<img src="myImage.jpg" ng-click="singleClick()" ng-dblclick="doubleClick()">

In your controller the singleClick function will look like:

$scope.singleClick = function () {
    if ($scope.clicked) {
        $scope.cancelClick = true;
        return;
    }

    $scope.clicked = true;

    $timeout(function () {
        if ($scope.cancelClick) {
            $scope.cancelClick = false;
            $scope.clicked = false;
            return;
        }

        //do something with your single click here

        //clean up
        $scope.cancelClick = false;
        $scope.clicked = false;
    }, 500);
};

And the doubleClick function will look normal:

$scope.doubleClick = function () {

    $timeout(function () {

        //do something with your double click here

    });
};

Hope this helps someone...


I ran across while trying to find a way to handle double click and click at the same time. I used the concepts here to cancel the original click. If a second click occurs before the delay, the double click action performed. If there is not a second click, once the delay is over, the default ngClick action runs and the original event is triggered on the element (and allowed to bubble like it would have initially).

Example

<div ng-click="singleClick()"><span double-click="doubleClick()">double click me</span></div>

Code

.directive('doubleClick', function($timeout, _) {

  var CLICK_DELAY = 300
  var $ = angular.element

  return {
    priority: 1, // run before event directives
    restrict: 'A',
    link: function(scope, element, attrs) {
      var clickCount = 0
      var clickTimeout

      function doubleClick(e) {
        e.preventDefault()
        e.stopImmediatePropagation()
        $timeout.cancel(clickTimeout)
        clickCount = 0
        scope.$apply(function() { scope.$eval(attrs.doubleClick) })
      }

      function singleClick(clonedEvent) {
        clickCount = 0
        if (attrs.ngClick) scope.$apply(function() { scope.$eval(attrs.ngClick) })
        if (clonedEvent) element.trigger(clonedEvent)
      }

      function delaySingleClick(e) {
        var clonedEvent = $.Event('click', e)
        clonedEvent._delayedSingleClick = true
        e.preventDefault()
        e.stopImmediatePropagation()
        clickTimeout = $timeout(singleClick.bind(null, clonedEvent), CLICK_DELAY)
      }

      element.bind('click', function(e) {
        if (e._delayedSingleClick) return
        if (clickCount++) doubleClick(e)
        else delaySingleClick(e)
      })

    }
  }

})

Joining the pieces of the answers here:

  • using @GregGrater strategy for simplicity
  • creating a directive, as @Rob (the one accepted as best answer in this thread)
  • solving the issue of @Rob answer, by replacing the ngClick build-in directive by using @EricChen answer

Here the Plunker with the essence of the idea (same as snippet in this answer; see below).

Aside note: ideally, if there is no ng-dblclick defined for the element, it shouldn't prevent the single click (here a Plunker fork implementing this idea)

(function(angular) {
  'use strict';
var myApp = angular.module('myApp', []);

myApp.controller('myCtrl', ['$scope', function($scope) {
  $scope.click = false;
  $scope.singleClick = function() {
    $scope.click = 'single';
  };
  $scope.doubleClick = function() {
    $scope.click = 'double';
 };
}]);

// remove the buildin ng-Click, to solve issue with https://stackoverflow.com/a/20445344/4352306
myApp.config(function($provide) { // Source: https://stackoverflow.com/a/23209542/4352306
  $provide.decorator('ngClickDirective', ['$delegate', function ($delegate) {
   //$delegate is array of all ng-click directive, in this case 
   // first one is angular buildin ng-click, so we remove it.
   $delegate.shift();
   return $delegate;
   }]);
});

// add custom single click directive: make ngClick to only trigger if not double click
myApp.directive('ngClick', ['$parse', '$timeout', dirSingleClickExclusive]); 

function dirSingleClickExclusive($parse, $timeout) {
  return {
    restrict: 'A',
    replace : false,
    priority: 99, // after all build-in directive are compiled
    link: link
  }
	
  function link ($scope, element, attrs) {
    const delay = 400;
    var clicked = false, cancelClick = false;
    var user_function = $parse(attrs['ngClick']); //(scope);
	
    element.on('click', function (e) {
      // Adapted from: https://stackoverflow.com/a/29073481/4352306
      if (clicked) cancelClick = true; // it is not a single click
      clicked = true;
      
      if (!cancelClick) { // prevent a second timeout
        $timeout(function () { // for time window between clicks (delay)
          if (cancelClick) {
            clicked = false; cancelClick = false;
            return;
          }
          $scope.$apply(function () {
            user_function($scope, {$event : e});
          });
  				
          // reset click status
          clicked = false; cancelClick = false;
        }, delay);
      }
    });
  }
}
})(window.angular);
<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <title>Example - custom single click</title>
  
  <script src="//code.angularjs.org/snapshot/angular.min.js"></script>
  <script src="app.js"></script>
  
</head>
<body ng-app="myApp">
  <div ng-controller="myCtrl">
   <button ng-click="singleClick()" ng-dblclick="doubleClick()">Click me!</button>
   <p ng-if="click">This was a {{click}} click.</p>
  </div>
</body>
</html>

it works too if calling singleClick on the doubleClick doesn't make any mistake

<div 
    onclick="var scope = angular.element(this).scope(); scope.singleClick();"
    ng-click="null" 
    ng-dblclick="doubleClick()"
></div>

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