2.0.2 • Public • Published

UI Router Tabs

Leverages UI Bootstrap and UI Router to give you full-strength route-driven tabs in Angular.js.

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Example / Demo


How to Install / Usage

  1. Install the plugin into your Angular.js project, manually or via bower install angular-ui-router-tabs

  2. Add ui.router.tabs as a new module dependency in your angular app.

  3. Define your routes in a hierarchy that makes sense for a tabbed layout, Eg:

    $stateProvider.state('user', {
      url:         '',
      controller: 'UserCtrl',
      templateUrl: 'example.html'
    }).state('user.settings', {
      url:         '/user/settings',
      templateUrl: 'user/settings.html'
    }).state('user.accounts', {
      url:         '/user/accounts',
      templateUrl: 'user/accounts.html'
  1. Define your tabData (or similiar variable) in the root view controller of your tabs (ie. UserCtrl in the case above) Eg:
    $scope.tabData   = [
        heading: 'Settings',
        route:   'user.settings'
        heading: 'Accounts',
        route:   'user.accounts',
        disable: true

NOTE: You can also specify params and options to pass special parameters or options for the target route to UI Router, Eg:

      heading: 'Accounts',
      route:   'user.accounts',
      params:  {
      options: {}
  1. Declare the following in your the parent HTML view template <tabs data="tabData" type="tabs"></tabs>.

Optional attributes for the <tabs> (which are passed on to the UI Bootstrap component) are:

  • type: [ 'tabs' | 'pills' ]
  • vertical: boolean
  • justified: boolean
  • class: string
  • templateUrl: <template url name>

NOTE: If you use a custom template, you may need to define a ui-view placeholder for the child content panes in the same HTML view template eg. <ui-view></ui-view>.


  • UI Bootstrap Tabs will not select a tab by default. If you want it to, specify the target sub-route when you show the tabs (ie. link the ui-view containing the tabs with the default (first) element as the sub-route example/#/user/settings in the example.)
  • You can override the default directive template by specifying template-url="my_template.html" on the <tabs> element.
  • You can enable / disable tabs by specifying disable: true in the tabData (can be dynamically set).
  • You can use <tab-heading> in a custom directive template to add any HTML into the tab title (eg. icons)
  • You can update the tabData variable dynamically, if you want to.
  • You can move the <tabs> tag around to wherever you want the tab listing to appear. (left-positioned is the best spot to enable responsive design.).
  • Each tab will have a default class of tab, an active tab will have the active class.

Running Locally

  1. Checkout git repository locally: git clone
  2. npm install
  3. bower install
  4. grunt serve
  5. View http://localhost:9000/example/ in your browser to see the example.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature') - please consider adding tests!
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Run grunt and ensure there are no errors.
  6. Create a new Pull Request


  • 2.0.2 Fixed invalid <ui-view> placement in default template.
  • 2.0.1 Fixed invalid html in default template (missing <div>).
  • 2.0.0 Added class and template-url attributes on uib-tab and began using <uib-tab-heading> tag.
  • 1.8.0 Added inline template by default (as requested) and allowed customer classes parameter.
  • 1.7.0 Added uib prefix for UI Bootstrap elements (as per v0.14.0). See #47.
    Upgraded angular-bootstrap to v14.0.
  • 1.6.0 Renamed disabled attribute to disable in line with UI Bootstrap <tab>. See #39.
  • 1.5.1 Removed bower_components from repository. See #40.
  • 1.5.0 Bumped angular-bootstrap dependency to v0.13.0 (fixes default tab being auto-selected).
  • 1.4.3 Added handling of $stateChangeCancel, $stateChangeError and $stateNotFound to reset active tab.
  • 1.4.2 Added feature to update tabs if state change event is cancelled. See #19.
  • 1.4.1 Bumped angular-bootstrap dependency to v0.12.1.
  • 1.4.0 Removed default $state.go(..) route option, added disabled option and updated jsbeautifier. See #16.
  • 1.3.0 Improved state equality checking to include params and options.
  • 1.2.0 Prevented reload of current state again. See #11.
  • 1.1.4 Added support for strict-di mode.
  • 1.1.3 Fixed tab switching when using ngTouch. See #2.
  • 1.1.2 Added $stateChangeSuccess watcher to update parent tab(s) when using
    ui-sref or $state.go(). See #1.
  • 1.1.0 Added nested tab support (tabs within tabs)
  • 1.0.0 Initial release


Released under the MIT License. See the LICENSE file for further details.

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