Sample Mobile Application with AngularJS


In recent months, I have been sharing different versions of the Employee Directory sample application built with different technology stacks, different frameworks, and different back-end (REST services) implementations. Recent versions include:

A number of you have asked for a version of the application built with AngularJS. So here it is.

You can experience the application below:

Click here to run the app in a full browser window.

This version also uses the new Topcoat CSS library for the application’s mobile skins.

Source Code

The source code for this sample application is available on GitHub:

Data Services

The application comes with two different implementations of the data services:

  • The in-memory data services (default) are implemented in memory-services.js and provide an-out-of-the-box experience with no server dependency.
  • The REST data services are implemented in rest-services.js and provide a more real-life implementation.

To run the application with the REST services:

  1. Make sure Node.js and MongoDB are installed on your system
  2. Go to the angular-directory/server folder and run:
    npm install
  3. Run:
    node server
  4. In app.js, change:
    angular.module('myApp', [


    angular.module('myApp', [
  5. To avoid cross-domain issues, access the application from the following URL:
  • Jonathan

    Sent a PR to add animation

  • How do you make sure that your backend service can be called only from your front (not others)?

    I understand that it’s just a simple app.. I am seeking your advice on how you guys do it in real app.


    • @Christophe Coenraets

      You might like to checkout

      @Michael Sync

      You’d create a restrictive CORS policy and possibly also some apikey or oauth authentication checks. Finally it would also be a good idea to implement some kind of rate limiting policy.

      Django-Tastypie provides very nice framework for handling all of these situations.

  • Manuel

    Thanks Christophe. Last one missing is chocolatechip-ui ;)

  • Thanks for your great samples. It really helps when having to compare the benefits and weaknesses of the different frameworks. I was really waiting for this angular + topcoat version :)

  • Doron

    So what is your preferred selection ?
    which is the best choice for implementing mobile web sites ?


  • boron


    I pushed the server components to a cloud host, however it looks as though I am now experiencing some cross-domain issues. Has anyone reading this had any experience with working around this – would they be so kind as to detail how a CORS-type solution could be introduced to this piece?

    • boron

      It seems that it should have something to do with app.js and adding something like the following:

      .config([‘$httpProvider’, function($httpProvider) {
      $httpProvider.defaults.useXDomain = true;
      delete $httpProvider.defaults.headers.common[‘X-Requested-With’];

      Could anybody provide any pointers as to how this could be incorporated?

    • ned

      I solved this issue for localhost testing by routing requests to external address (where it would be on production) then editing my hosts file (windows) to redirect the requests to

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  • sprsrini

    How to import the custom employees.xml into the application

  • Terry Bondy

    Back button at top of employee doesn’t seem to work on Safari on iPad. Takes you back to an empty search screen.

  • Search for James King doesn’t seem to work.

  • Nelson

    I have installed successfully and confirmed it imported the data.

    It works when config is myApp.memoryServices but shows a screen with nothing in employee directory list when I switch to myApp.memoryServices

    I am accessing application using http://ServerIP:3000

    Can someone kindly advise what the issue could be

  • Nelson

    Kindly disregard I resolved the issue localhost was hardcorded in client/js/rest-services.js.

    Changed it to the IP of the server and it worked ok

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  • Richard


    thanks for this and your other very useful sample projects. I wondered why you did not use 3d animations for the page transitions this time as you have in other projects?

  • Sergey

    So, if there is MongoDB is used, then this Mobile app will not be working on Mobile..

    • ramin

      The MongoDB is installed on your server. Follow the steps from but replace the source with one Christophe has provided above. If you have a server somewhere, copy the server code there, install the required tools and start the mongo deamon (mongod).

      When you run your client on your cell make sure to change the rest-services.js to use your server’s IP.

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  • Joel

    Hi, I am trying to implement transition animations using your example (using Phonegap 3.1) and though it works perfectly with your example it does not work when I try in my app.

    Using Phonegap 3.1 and AngularJS 1.2.0

    Can I get any help with this? Thank You

  • Kbashya

    I’m getting a flicker when I access this app from mobile

    • el orc

      Me too.

      P.S.: I left this tab for ~10 hours and found that it consumes 100% of one i7 core. Should be some logic loop.

  • Or


    Nice code.

    Did you try to host this app inside an android WebView/Chrome WebView? supposed to be working similar to a browser, but this app does not work well there (scrolling does not work, search text inside the input not well padded, etc.). Trying to use your example to do stuff, kind of battling with the scrolling issue inside the web view.


  • Or

    Oh – apparently the scroller class in the CSS needs to get an initial large enough height, otherwise the webview does can’t figure out (for whatever reason) what the height should be. so setting an initial height does the trick. something like

    .scroller {
    height: 1000px;
    overflow: auto;
    -webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch;
    position: absolute;
    top: 168px;
    bottom: 0px;
    left: 0px;
    right: 0px;

  • 0xbsd

    Hello !
    How you would actually authenticate/[register (new users)] from angularjs with your backend, given that your backend is Django-Tastypie ?

  • Great Tips.. Thanks a lot..

  • Sumeet

    Hi ,

    How to run the app on my mobile? After copying the source code, what should I do to get the executable for my mobile? I am a beginner. Someone please let me know.

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  • I noticed that you didn’t use any plugins in this example.
    How do make use of the plugins with the angular framework?


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  • DJ


    CI am a newbie to the phone app/web app dev world. Can you please point me to basics of how to deploy this app on a smartphone? Would this app work on a Android phone and a Windows Embedded Compact 7 tablet/phone?

    Would appreciate a response.


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  • Sangram


    Please let me know how to run this application on android mobile.


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  • sudha

    Hi coenraets!

    This is awesome tutorial and it helps me a lot to to make mongodb run on webserver. Thanks a lot for your wonderful effort.keep rocking


  • Rakesh

    I Tried to setup your codebase in my local desktop.
    Installed mysql, setup directory database, created employee table

    Finally after running node server, I get following error

    throw err;
    ReferenceError: res is not defined
    at Handshake.exports.findAll [as _callback] (C:\workspaces\angularJSprojects\employeedirectory\Employee-Directory-Angular-Mysql\server\routes\employee.js:12:13)
    at Handshake.Sequence.end (C:\workspaces\angularJSprojects\employeedirectory\Employee-Directory-Angular-Mysql\server\node_modules\mysql\lib\protocol\sequences\Sequence.js:96:24)
    at Handshake.ErrorPacket (C:\workspaces\angularJSprojects\employeedirectory\Employee-Directory-Angular-Mysql\server\node_modules\mysql\lib\protocol\sequences\Handshake.js:103:8)
    at Protocol._parsePacket (C:\workspaces\angularJSprojects\employeedirectory\Employee-Directory-Angular-Mysql\server\node_modules\mysql\lib\protocol\Protocol.js:271:23)
    at Parser.write (C:\workspaces\angularJSprojects\employeedirectory\Employee-Directory-Angular-Mysql\server\node_modules\mysql\lib\protocol\Parser.js:77:12)
    at Protocol.write (C:\workspaces\angularJSprojects\employeedirectory\Employee-Directory-Angular-Mysql\server\node_modules\mysql\lib\protocol\Protocol.js:39:16)
    at Socket. (C:\workspaces\angularJSprojects\employeedirectory\Employee-Directory-Angular-Mysql\server\node_modules\mysql\lib\Connection.js:92:28)
    at Socket.EventEmitter.emit (events.js:95:17)
    at Socket. (_stream_readable.js:746:14)
    at Socket.EventEmitter.emit (events.js:92:17)


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  • Fabrice


    When I try node server

    I got :

    /home/ubuntu/angular-directory/server/routes/employee.js:6, mongoClient) {

    TypeError: is not a function
    at Object. (/home/ubuntu/angular-directory/server/routes/employee.js:6:13)
    at Module._compile (module.js:409:26)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:416:10)
    at Module.load (module.js:343:32)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:300:12)
    at Module.require (module.js:353:17)
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    at Object. (/home/ubuntu/angular-directory/server/server.js:3:17)
    at Module._compile (module.js:409:26)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:416:10)

    Thanks for your help !

    • Ajaykumar

      var MongoClient = require(‘mongodb’).MongoClient,
      Server = require(‘mongodb’).Server,

      var mongoClient = new MongoClient(new Server(‘localhost’, 27017));, mongoClient) {
      db = mongoClient.db(“angular-directory-db”);
      db.collection(’employees’, {strict:true}, function(err, collection) {
      if (err) {
      console.log(“The ’employees’ collection doesn’t exist. Creating it with sample data…”);
      Replace above mentioned line from employee.js and replace with line below–
      var MongoClient = require(‘mongodb’).MongoClient;

      MongoClient.connect(“mongodb://localhost:27017/angular-directory-db”,function(err, mongoClient) {
      db = mongoClient.db(“angular-directory-db”);
      db.collection(’employees’, {strict:true}, function(err, collection) {
      if (err) {
      console.log(“The ’employees’ collection doesn’t exist. Creating it with sample data…”);

      • vetri

        its working thanks a lot brother..

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    i can’t add moredata
    {“id”: 13 , “firstName”: “jjj”, “lastName”: “Sujith”, “managerId”: 4, “managerName”: “Mohammed Makewy”, “reports”: 0, “title”: “Draughtsman”, “department”: “Engineering”, “cellPhone”: “5091”, “officePhone”: “991”, “email”: “; “, “city”: “Kuwait”, “pic”: “steven_wells.jpg”, “twitterId”: “”, “blog”: “”}

    after id 12 a i add 13 showing blank page please reply

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