A Directive to easily add the autocomplete feature of the Google Places Service to a textbox.

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ngPlacesAutocomplete ==================== A simple Directive to easily add the autocomplete feature of the Google Places Service to a Textbox. Feel free to contribute or leave an issue here on Github if you are missing functionality or want to report a bug.

Current Version: 1.2.1


18 Oct 2014: I discovered a weird behaviour with the Model-Update: Due to the focus on the text element after executing a search, the model somehow didnt adjust properly and would go back to the actual search string (instead of the found place) after blurring. I fixed this by just manually blurrying the textfield after a search execution. 12 Oct 2014: I now implemented a way to synchronize the text-input with the returned result after a search. I made it configurable by extending the paOptions-Object with the property updateModel. Additionally, i made the watcher for the options configurable by passing true to watchOptions also inside the paOptions-Object. It all became a little messy now so the next steps are to implement some tests and refactor some parts of the directive to make it clean again. 06 Oct 2014: As of today, I advanced the directives functionality with text-based search, meaning a user can type in any String now and it will get resolved to a Place-Object. I still need to adjust the documentation though. The next step will be to write an additional directive with which this text search can be manually triggerd (e.g. on submit of a form or click of a button).

How to use

First download the directive, either with bower or npm:
npm install ng-places-autocomplete --save
bower install ng-places-autocomplete --save
Then refer it inside your index.html, careful to do this after the Google-Javascript-API and Angular, but before your app.js: ```HTML ``` Just use it as a HTML-Attribute on a text-input as you would every other directive: ```HTML ng-model="query"
/> ```


The directive needs an ngModel set and further offers three attributes: paOnPlaceReady - Expects a NodeJS-Style Callback-Function that gets executed everytime a user chose a place from the autocomplete-window. The first parameter is either an error if one occured or null. The second one is the recieved Places-Object as specified here. paOptions (optional) - The Options Object to configure the autocomplete-service. It takes the exact same values as the Google-Places-Service described here. Additionally, you can pass the following, directive-specific options:
  • updateModel - Set this to true if you want the directive to always update the ngModel and textboxes input value with the found results full address. (e.g. typed in "Wash" will become "Washington, USA")
  • watchOptions - Set this to true if you want your options-object being watched for changes. Else they will only be set once. Be aware that every watcher can slow down the performance of your app.
paTrigger (optional) - If you pass a variable to paTrigger, the directive will assign the function to execute a manual search for the currently typed in query-string to it. You can then easily use the value and put it inside the ng-click of a button to have an additional search trigger (<button ng-click="triggerFunc()">Search</button>")


  • Write some tests
  • Add more examples which actually used options
  • Implement "bind" option for bounds of map


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