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A light-weight model layer that bridges the gap between AngularJS and your RESTful APIs.

Why would you use this over other available solutions?

  • Lightweight/Simple, the code simply does some basic copy/extending and prototypical instances; no magic required.
  • Patterns/Practices, the model definition closely resembles Angular's ngResource meaning its easy to swap out, replace later, eases scaling/transition, and its designed for Angular; not a backbone port!
  • Utilizes Angular at the core, it doesn't duplicate things Angular already does. Any action can be passed a $http configuration option, all your interceptors still work, it uses Angular's cache, etc!
  • Compliant, URI Template matches the specs.
  • Small - 1.45KB gzipped/minified ( excludes depedencies )
  • Minimal Dependencies, only use URI template and deep-diff ( this isn't even required ) utility. NO underscore, lodash, jquery, etc!
  • Its full of awesome features

See wiki for documentation.


  • URI Templates (RFC6570)
  • Model instances
  • Collections
  • Single Datastore
  • Caching / Cache invalidation
  • Default value population
  • Pending / Completed Status
  • Relationships
  • Object Deep Diff / Reversion
  • Track active promises to prevent duplicate sends

Other Solutions

After doing quite a bit of research before writing this, I took a look at other solutions. Here is what I found and why I wrote my own.

  • Restmod Very nice solution but very opinionated and hyper-active. 22kb min

  • Modelizer Good but requires Lodash. 23kb min

  • ModelCore Good but not very well tested and not active.

  • angular-watch-resource - Really only handles collections

  • angular-restful - Very basic but nice

  • ngResource Out of the box model layer, very limited.

  • angularjs-rails-resource Too rails-ish.

  • angular-nested-resource - Okay API, not loving the nested architecture.

  • Aar.js Very light, not sure what value this adds.

  • Angular Activerecord A copy of BackboneModel but doesn't really work with Angular patterns.

  • Angular-Data Not really a model layer but a data store. Very very heavy ( 67kb min )

  • ngActiveResource Very ruby-ish api. Requires lodash. Has validation but thats not needed in angular if you do it right.

  • restangular I don't consider this a model layer; it feels moore like a fancy http layer that returns promises because everyone complains about ngResource not doing it. It requires underscore.

  • BreezeJS This is a very full featured model/cache/validation etc. Its framework agnostic, which means it follows its own patterns and not angulars. Its very heavy, requires server data massaging, and the API looks like Microsoft Entity Framework.

  • ng-backbone Another backbone model clone. This one actually requires backbone and lodash.


Install via bower:

$ bower install angular-model-factory --save

Install via npm:

$ npm install angular-model-factory --save

Alternatively you can download/clone the repo and link the files in dist/.



Libraries like this live and get better with an active community. Have something to contribute? We'd love to see it. Just head over to our contribution guidelines.


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