Displaying a Modal Dialog


You wish to use a Modal Dialog using the Twitter Bootstrap Framework. A dialog is called modal when it is blocking the rest of your web application until it is closed.


Use the angular-ui module’s nice modal plugin, which directly supports Twitter Bootstrap.

The template defines a button to open the modal and the modal code itself.

<body ng-app="MyApp" ng-controller="MyCtrl">

  <button class="btn" ng-click="open()">Open Modal</button>

  <div modal="showModal" close="cancel()">
    <div class="modal-header">
        <h4>Modal Dialog</h4>
    <div class="modal-body">
        <p>Example paragraph with some text.</p>
    <div class="modal-footer">
      <button class="btn btn-success" ng-click="ok()">Okay</button>
      <button class="btn" ng-click="cancel()">Cancel</button>


Note that even though we don’t specify it explicitly the modal dialog is hidden initially via the modal attribute. The controller only handles the button click and the showModal value used by the modal attribute.

var app = angular.module("MyApp", ["ui.bootstrap.modal"]);

$scope.open = function() {
  $scope.showModal = true;

$scope.ok = function() {
  $scope.showModal = false;

$scope.cancel = function() {
  $scope.showModal = false;

Do not forget to download and include the angular-ui.js file in a script tag. The module dependency is defined directly to “ui.bootstrap.modal”. The full example is available on Github including the angular-ui module.

You can find the complete example on github.


The modal as defined in the template is straight from the Twitter bootstrap documentation. We can control the visibility with the modal attribute. Additionally, the close attribute defines a close function which is called whenever the dialog is closed. Note that this could happen if the user presses the escape key or clicking outside the modal.

Our own cancel button uses the same function to close the modal manually, whereas the okay button uses the ok function. This makes it easy for us to distinguish between a user who simply cancelled the modal or actually pressed the okay button.