In-Place Editing with contenteditable and AngularJS

August 23, 2014 (10y ago)

In-place editing provides an easy way to let the user edit parts of a page without having to be redirected to an edit page. Instead, the user can just click around on a page an edit the elements he or she wishes to change – without reloading the page. When the user hovers over an editable area, the background color of the element changes. When clicked, the text becomes editable.

You can make an element editable by adding the contenteditable attribute in your markup. This attribute has three possible values: true, false, and inherit. Specifying inherit will make the element editable if it’s immediate parent is editable.

<div class="editable" contenteditable="true"></div>

The following directive uses contenteditable attribute and ng-model for data binding.

See the Pen Editing Page Elements with contenteditable by Gabo Esquivel (@gaboesquivel) on CodePen.


Current browser support for contenteditable. source:

Known issues

  • In Chromium/Chrome contenteditable cannot be edited when nested into draggable ( Still not fixed in Chrome version 26.0.1384.2.
  • In Firefox when clicking on contenteditable nested into draggable, cursor is always positioned to the start of editable text. Still not fixed in version 18.0.1.
  • In Internet Explorer contenteditable cannot be applied to the TABLE, COL, COLGROUP, TBODY, TD, TFOOT, TH, THEAD, and TR elements directly, a content editable SPAN, or DIV element can be placed inside the individual table cells (See