how to Access parent scope from child controller in angularjs

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asked Dec 15, 2015 in Angular JS by jo (580 points)

I've set up my controllers using data-ng-controller="xyzController as vm"

I have a scenario with parent / child nested controllers. I have no problem accessing parent properties in the nested html by using $, but I cannot figure out how to access the parent property from within my child controller.

I've tried injecting $scope and then using $scope.$, but this isn't working?

Can anyone offer advice?

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answered Dec 15, 2015 by Admin (1,860 points)
selected Dec 15, 2015 by jo
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If your HTML is like below you could do something like this:

<div ng-controller="ParentCtrl">
    <div ng-controller="ChildCtrl">

Then you can access the parent scope as follows

function ParentCtrl($scope) {
    $scope.cities = ["NY", "Amsterdam", "Barcelona"];

function ChildCtrl($scope) {
    $scope.parentcities = $scope.$parent.cities;

If you want to access a parent controller from your view you have to do something like this:

<div ng-controller="xyzController as vm">

See jsFiddle

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