Enable/Disable Anchor Tags using AngularJS

Disabling the href works better in the link function return. Code below has been updated.

aDisabled naturally executes before ngClick because directives are sorted in alphabetical order. When aDisabled is renamed to tagDisabled, the directive does not work.

To “disable” the “a” tag, I’d want the following things:

  1. href links not to be followed when clicked
  2. ngClick events not to fire when clicked
  3. styles changed by adding a disabled class

This directive does this by mimicking the ngDisabled directive. Based on the value of a-disabled directive, all of the above features are toggled.

myApp.directive('aDisabled', function() {
    return {
        compile: function(tElement, tAttrs, transclude) {
            //Disable ngClick
            tAttrs["ngClick"] = "!("+tAttrs["aDisabled"]+") && ("+tAttrs["ngClick"]+")";

            //return a link function
            return function (scope, iElement, iAttrs) {

                //Toggle "disabled" to class when aDisabled becomes true
                scope.$watch(iAttrs["aDisabled"], function(newValue) {
                    if (newValue !== undefined) {
                        iElement.toggleClass("disabled", newValue);

                //Disable href on click
                iElement.on("click", function(e) {
                    if (scope.$eval(iAttrs["aDisabled"])) {

Here is a css style that might indicate a disabled tag:

a.disabled {
    color: #AAAAAA;
    cursor: default;
    pointer-events: none;
    text-decoration: none;

And here is the code in action, with your example

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