Detect unsaved changes and alert user using angularjs

Something like this should do it:

<!doctype html>
<html ng-app="myApp">
    <script src=""></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    function Ctrl($scope) {
        var initial = {text: 'initial value'};
        $scope.myModel = angular.copy(initial);
        $scope.revert = function() {
            $scope.myModel = angular.copy(initial);

    angular.module("myApp", []).directive('confirmOnExit', function() {
        return {
            link: function($scope, elem, attrs) {
                window.onbeforeunload = function(){
                    if ($scope.myForm.$dirty) {
                        return "The form is dirty, do you want to stay on the page?";
                $scope.$on('$locationChangeStart', function(event, next, current) {
                    if ($scope.myForm.$dirty) {
                        if(!confirm("The form is dirty, do you want to stay on the page?")) {
    <form name="myForm" ng-controller="Ctrl" confirm-on-exit>
        myModel.text: <input name="input" ng-model="myModel.text">
        <p>myModel.text = {{myModel.text}}</p>
        <p>$pristine = {{myForm.$pristine}}</p>
        <p>$dirty = {{myForm.$dirty}}</p>
        <button ng-click="revert()">Set pristine</button>

Note that the listener for $locationChangeStart isn’t triggered in this example since AngularJS doesn’t handle any routing in such a simple example, but it should work in an actual Angular application.

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