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Angular UI Tour is a plugin that uses Angular UI Bootstrap's popovers to display a guided product tour. This was originally inspired by Bootstrap Tour as Angular Bootstrap Tour, but after much feedback to remove the jQuery dependency, Angular UI Tour was born. It uses many of the features from Bootstrap Tour, but plays nicely with Angular, and does not have any dependency on Twitter Bootstrap or jQuery!

Check out the live demo here. (The demo is not up-to-date documentation)


Breaking changes in 0.8.0:

  • Dependencies have changed. If you are not using NPM or Bower, please take note of the changes.
  • Backdrop class changed from .tour-backdrop to .ui-tour-backdrop
  • Tour#status changed to Tour#Status
  • The following tour step options have been removed: popupDelay, popupCloseDelay, animation

Deprecated in 0.8.2 (will be removed in 1.0.0):

  • tourStep.trustedContent is deprecated. If you created your own popup template, please use bind-html-compile="tourStep.content" instead.

Getting Started

It is highly recommended that you use a package manager like NPM or Bower to install Angular UI Tour in order to ensure that its dependencies are installed correctly.

Get the package:

npm i -S angular-ui-tour
# or 
bower i -S angular-ui-tour

Add the script tags:

<script src="bower_components/angular/angular.js"></script>
<script src="bower_components/angular-sanitize/angular-sanitize.js"></script>
<script src="bower_components/angular-hotkeys/build/hotkeys.js"></script>
<script src="bower_components/hone/dist/hone.js"></script>
<script src="bower_components/tether/dist/js/tether.js"></script>
<script src="bower_components/angular-scroll/angular-scroll.js"></script>
<script src="bower_components/angular-bind-html-compile/angular-bind-html-compile.js"></script>
<!--end dependencies-->
<!--Angular UI Tour-->
<script src="bower_components/angular-ui-tour/dist/angular-ui-tour.js"></script>

Then add the module to your app:

angular.module('myApp', ['bm.uiTour']);

Add some styles for the backdrop (feel free to style it however you want):

.ui-tour-backdrop {
    background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5);
    fill: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5);

Note: if you give the backdrop a background color, also give it a fill color because it uses SVG for rounded corners

If your app is a SPA, tours will not end by default when the user clicks the forward or back buttons of the browser because tours are allowed to span multiple views. To fix this behavior (and still allow tours to span multiple views) enable the navigation interceptors:

module.config(function (TourConfigProvider) {

That will listen for navigation events from ngRoute and UIRouter, and if the event was not caused by Angular UI Tour, it will end any active tours.

Tour Configuration

Tours can be configured either programatically in a config block, or declaratively as part of the uiTour directive declaration.

To configure in a config block, use TourConfigProvider.set(optionName, optionValue);

To configure on a tour declaration, use ui-tour-<option-name>="optionValue"


Name Type Default Value Description
placement string "top" Where the popup should display relative to the element.
appendToBody boolean false Should popups be appended to body (true) or the parent element (false).
scrollOffset number 100 Number of pixels between the top of the viewport and the top of tour step after scrolling
popupClass string "" Adds additional classes to the popup.
orphan boolean false Should the popup display in the center of the viewport (true) or by the element (false).
backdrop boolean false Should there be a backdrop behind the element. Note this can be flaky, I recommend using appendToBody with this to prevent unexpected stacking issues. As of 0.5.0, it is up to you to style the backdrop (class name "tour-backdrop")
backdropZIndex number 10000 Z-index of the backdrop. Popups will be positioned relative to this.
backdropBorderRadius number 0 If your target element has a border radius, add it here so that the backdrop conforms to it.
backdropPadding string "" Adds padding around the target element on the backdrop. Same format as CSS padding rule.
disableBackdropOptimizations boolean false Disables the optimizations used by Hone to prevent multiple repositions even when an element doesn't move and the window doesn't resize. Useful to set to true when loading async data and updating the DOM after the tour step loads.
templateUrl string "tour-step-template.html" Used as the template for the contents of the popup (see Angular UI Tooltip docs).
useUiRouter boolean false When navigating with nextPath and prevPath (see below), use UI Router states instead of Angular paths.
useHotkeys boolean false Allows the use of right/left keyboard keys to navigate through steps, and esc key to end the tour.
scrollParentId string "$document" By default, the window will scroll to bring the tour step into view. For steps that are in a scrollable element, this option can be set to use the scrollable element instead. Note: this does not scroll the scrollable element into view.
onReady function null Called when tour is initialized and attached to the scope
onStart function null Called when tour is started, before first popup is shown
onEnd function null Called when tour is ended, after last popup is hidden
onPause function null Called when tour is paused, before current popup is hidden
onResume function null Called when tour is resumed, before current popup is shown
onNext function null Called when next step is requested, before current popup is hidden
onPrev function null Called when previous step is requested, before current popup is hidden
onShow function null Called just before popup is shown
onShown function null Called just after popup is shown
onHide function null Called just before popup is hidden
onHidden function null Called just after popup is hidden
onBackdropClick function null Called when user clicks on the backdrop. Useful for ending the tour early.

Important: If a lifecycle hook event is overridden in a config block, the function must return a promise. If it is overridden in the directive declaration, it will be wrapped in a promise automatically. If the function returns a promise, it will wait until it is resolved before moving on.

Tour Steps

Tour steps are extensions of Angular UI's Tooltips and therefore all options are available. Although there are 3 types of Tooltips, there is only one type of Tour Step. In addition, almost all of the Tour options can be overridden by individual tour steps, as well as additional options that can be changed.

As a convenience for developers, tour steps can be given IDs by supplying a value to the tour-step attribute: tour-step="myStep". Please note that the element ID will not be used as the step ID. See the multi-page tour example below for example.

To configure on a tour step declaration, use tour-step-<option-name>="optionValue"

Additional Options

Name Type Default Value Description
title string "" The title of the popup
content string "" The content of the popup. Note: can contain HTML
order number null The order in which the step will be displayed. Although it is optional, the behavior is undefined if this is not explicitly set.
enabled boolean true This will enable or disable the tour step.
fixed boolean false Is the element fixed (does not discover automatically ATM).
scrollIntoView boolean true Should the tour scroll the page so that the tour step is visible once it is shown. Set to false when you don't want any scrolling to occur.
templateUrl string "tour-step-template.html" Used as the template for the contents of the popup (see Angular UI Tooltip docs).
Deprecated: Will be removed in 1.0
preventScrolling boolean false Should page scrolling be prevented when popup is shown (Deprecated, far too buggy. Feel free to implement this yourself). Only works with a backdrop.
nextStep string "" If the next step is on a different page, set this to declare the name of the next step.
nextPath string "" If the next step is on a different page, set this to the path of the next page. If useUiRouter is true, this will be the state name.
prevStep string "" If the previous step is on a different page, set this to declare the name of the previous step.
prevPath string "" If the previous step is on a different page, set this to the path of the previous page. If useUiRouter is true, this will be the state name.

Best practice: always set the order so that the steps display in the expected order. Steps with the same order will display consecutively, but the order among them is unpredictable. At first, use increments of 10 so that if you need to add steps in the middle later you won't have to reorder everything.... Remember when code needed line numbers??? :)



uiTour is the container for the tour steps; all tour steps must be declared as descendants of uiTour. The declaration can be as simple as adding ui-tour to an element, or can include one or more options (shown above).


<body ui-tour>
    ... <!-- page content and tour steps -->
<div ui-tour ui-tour-on-start="onTourStart()" ui-tour-placement="bottom">
    ... <!-- page content and tour steps -->


tourSteps declare which elements should have a popup during the tour. They can be declared on any element, but some consideration should be taken when deciding which element on which to declare them.


<body ui-tour>
    <div id="mainMenu" tour-step tour-step-title="Main Menu" tour-step-content="Navigate the site using this menu." tour-step-order="0" tour-step-placement="right">...</div>
    <div id="settings" tour-step tour-step-title="Settings" tour-step-content="Click here to change your settings." tour-step-order="1">...</div>
    <div id="finalTourMessage" tour-step tour-step-title="Welcome!" tour-step-content="Enjoy using the app!" tour-step-order="1000" tour-step-orphan="true" tour-step-backdrop="true">...</div>
<!-- fixed element -->
<body ui-tour>
    <header style="position: fixed;" tour-step tour-step-title="Header" tour-step-content="This header is fixed at the top." tour-step-order="0" tour-step-fixed="true">...</header>
<!-- multi-page tour -->
<!-- layout -->
<body ui-tour>
    <!-- page 1: included using ngView (/page1) -->
    <div tour-step="page1step1" ... tour-step-next-path="page2" tour-step-next-step="page2step1">...</div>
    <!-- /page 1 -->
    <!-- page 2: ngView is populated when next step is requested after page1step1 -->
    <div tour-step="page2step1" ... tour-step-prev-path="page1" tour-step-prev-step="page1step1">...</div>

Tour API

The tour itself has a small API that can be used to control the flow of the tour. The tour object is available on the scope of the uiTour directive, and can be required as TourController in directives on or in the uiTour's subtree.

Method Description
start() Starts the tour by showing the first tour step.
Parameters: <none>
Returns: Promise Resolves after step is shown.
startAt() Starts the tour by showing the provided step.
Parameters: step Can be step object, step ID string, or step index
Returns: Promise Resolves after step is shown.
end() Ends the tour, calling start() again will start from the beginning.
Parameters: <none>
Returns: Promise Resolves after step is hidden.
pause() Pauses the tour by hiding the current step.
Parameters: <none>
Returns: Promise Resolves after step is hidden.
resume() Resumes the tour from the last shown step if it is paused.
Parameters: <none>
Returns: Promise Resolves after step is shown.
waitFor() Pauses the tour and resumes it once the provided step is registered.
Parameters: stepId ID of the awaited step.
Returns: Promise Rejects immediately so that execution stops.
next() Hides the current step and shows the next one.
Parameters: <none>
Returns: Promise Resolves after next step is shown.
prev() Hides the current step and shows the previous one.
Parameters: <none>
Returns: Promise Resolves after previous step is shown.
goTo() Hides the current step and jumps to the provided one.
Parameters: step Can be step object, step ID string, or step index
Returns: Promise Resolved when provided step is shown, rejects if no step provided or found.
getStatus() Returns the current status of the tour based on TourStatus enum.
Parameters: <none>
Returns: TourStatus (ON, OFF, PAUSED, WAITING). Usage example: after tour starts: tour.getStatus() === tour.Status.ON; //true
createStep() Adds a step via a step configuration object.
Parameters: step - a step config object: must contain an element (jQLite object) or selector (string) attribute. selector is resolved the first time a step is shown.
reposition() Forces the active step popover and backdrop (if visible) to reposition around the step target. This is useful when the size of the target changes dynamically after the step is activated.

createStep() Example

//somewhere that you have access to a `tour`:
    selector: '#adHocStepTarget',
    stepId: 'optionalUniqueId',
    order: 15,
    title: 'Ad Hoc Step!',
    content: 'Only plain text allowed here',
    trustedContent: $sce.trustAsHtml('<strong>This can contain HTML, and will override `step.content` if set.</strong>')
//...all other tour step options can be set, but none of them are dynamic!

Tour Service

The uiTourService can be used for retrieving a reference to a tour object. There are three methods to retrieve the reference (note that they are all synchronous):

Method Description
getTour() If you have a single tour on your page, this is the easiest way to get the reference to it from a service or controller.
getTourByName(name) If you have multiple tours you can name them by supplying a value to the ui-tour attribute. This method allows you to retrieve a tour by name.
getTourByElement(element) If you want to know which tour is available to a specific element (in order to create a tour step, for example) you can pass the element into this method to retrieve the appropriate tour. This can be a DOM element, or jqLite object.
createDetachedTour(name, config) Creates a tour that is not associated with a DOM subtree. Steps can be added the detached tour by setting the tour-step-belongs-to attribute to the name of the tour. The config object will override global tour options just like a regular tour.
isTourWaiting() Returns true if any tour has the WAITING status, otherwise false. To check if a specific tour is waiting, use tour.getStatus() === tour.Status.WAITING.
endAllTours() Calls tour.end() for all tours and returns a promise that resolves once all tours end.

Tour Notifications

The tour itself is an event emitter that emits the following notifications. The difference between listening for notifications and setting lifecycle hook handlers as shown above is that these notifications are outside of the lifecycle of the tour. That means that the notification events are emitted, and then the tour moves on without waiting for any handlers to finish. By setting a lifecyle hook handler, the tour will wait for a handler to complete before moving on. If you simply need to know when something happened, use an event notification listener, but if you need to execute code before the tour moves continues, set an lifecycle hook handler.

Listen for the following events using this pattern:

tour.on('<notificationName>', function (data) {
    //your logic here
Notification Name Timing Data
initialized After config is set null
started Before the first step is shown first step
paused After current step is hidden current step
resumed Before current step is shown current step
ended After last step is hidden null
stepAdded After step is added to step list added step
stepRemoved After step is removed from step list removed step
stepsReordered After all steps have been ordered properly null
stepChanged After previous step is hidden, before next step is shown next step

Multi-page Tours

As of 0.7.0, the strong integration with ngRoute and UIRouter is deprecated, and the navigation API has been significantly simplified. If you want to create a tour that spans multiple pages (in reality these are multiple views as there is no built-in way to resume a tour after a page reload) there is a very simple API. In fact, this API can be used to asynchronously load more tour steps on demand, even if no navigation occurs.

Using a step's onNext or onPrev lifecycle hook, you can implement your navigation logic, and just return tour.waitFor('stepOnAnotherPage')'.


function MyTourController($scope, $location) {
    $scope.navigateToAndWaitFor = function (tour, path, stepId) {
        return tour.waitFor(stepId);
<!-- index.html -->
<body ui-tour ng-controller="MyTourController">
<!-- page1.html -->
<div tour-step="stepOne" tour-step-on-next="navigateToAndWaitFor(tour, 'page2', 'stepTwo')"></div>
<!-- page2.html -->
<div tour-step="stepTwo" tour-step-on-prev="navigateToAndWaitFor(tour, 'page1', 'stepOne')"></div>

If you are using UIRouter, you would just replace $location.path() with $state.go() (or whatever works best).

Effectively, this pauses the tour and waits for a step with the provided step ID to be registered, and then resumes the tour starting at that step. It does not care where the step comes from or how it is loaded, as long as it is loaded after tour.waitFor() is called.

It is important to either return tour.waitFor() or return $q.reject(), otherwise, if there is another step on the current page, it will show instead of the intended one.

Multiple Tours

If you need to have separate tours on your site there are a couple ways to achieve it. One way is to use separate ui-tour directives, and any tour steps defined within each subtree will belong to the respective tour. This is a fairly idealistic approach because it assumes that you can cleanly separate your tours. If you need to create multiple tours on the same subtree you have two options: use tour-step-enabled and set flags to enable/disable steps when the appropriate tour is running, or create one or more detached tours and assign steps to them. A detached tour is not associated with a DOM subtree, and steps must be explicitly assigned to it for them to display. Here is an example of how to set up a detached tour and assign steps:

angular.module('myModule', ['bm.uiTour']).run(['uiTourService', function (uiTourService) {
    uiTourService.createDetachedTour('myDetachedTour', {backdrop: true});
    //the second argument is a map that will override individual global tour options
<body ui-tour="myTour" ui-tour-backdrop="false">
    <div tour-step tour-step-title="Attached Step" tour-step-content="I belong to 'myTour' because I don't have a 'belongsTo' attribute.">
        This step belongs to it's ancestral tour, not the detached tour.
    <div tour-step tour-step-belongs-to="myDetachedTour" tour-step-title="Detached Step" tour-step-content="I belong to 'myDetachedTour' because I have specified my tour">
        This step belongs to "myDetachedTour" because it is specified, otherwise it would also belong to "myTour".

Setting a tour name for detached tours is required, but by adding a name to regular tours you can specify belongsTo for those as well. Any step that has a belongsTo attribute will ignore its ancestral tour, and a step can only belong to one tour.

Build It Yourself

npm install
npm run build

Thanks and enjoy!


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