Creating a simple login with AngularJS

  • I'm brand new to AngularJS. I would like advice as to whether I'm approaching the design of a simple login section of an app built with Angular correctly.

    The app consists of two view partials: login.html and user-admin.html. Of what I have so far, the user types their username into the login page. A controller checks if that username is listed in users.json file, if so then login is successful and the user-admin.html partial replaces login.html.

    I feel that the controller which checks the typed username against the usernames in users.json could be written better. Is there a more efficient way than using the 'for' statement?

    To develop this further I will want to add some way of preventing a logged in user seeing the login page and a non-logged in user seeing the admin page. My initial thought is to use cookies. But would the 'Angular' way be to create a service that perpetuates the logged in status between views? If that is the best way to implement it, what would that service look like?


    angular.module('userApp', ["ngResource"]).

    config(['$routeProvider', function($routeProvider) {
    when('/login', {templateUrl: 'partials/login.html', controller: LoginCtrl}).
    when('/loggedin', {templateUrl: 'partials/user-admin.html', controller: UserCtrl}).
    otherwise({redirectTo: '/login'});
    }],[ '$locationProvider', function($locationProvider) {
    $locationProvider.html5Mode = true;

    factory("User", function($resource) {
    return $resource("users/:userId.json", {}, {
    query: {method: "GET", params: {userId: "users"}, isArray: true}


    function LoginCtrl($scope, $route, $routeParams, $location, User) {
    $scope.users = User.query();
    $scope.loginUser = function() {
    var loggedin = false;
    var totalUsers = $scope.users.length;
    var usernameTyped = $scope.userUsername;

    for( i=0; i < totalUsers; i++ ) {
    if( $scope.users[i].name === usernameTyped ) {
    loggedin = true;

    if( loggedin === true ) {
    alert("login successful");
    } else {
    alert("username does not exist")

    function UserCtrl($scope, $route, $routeParams, $location) {
    $scope.logoutUser = function() {


    "userId": 1,
    "name": "Tommy",
    "password": "123456",
    "log": {
    "registration": "2012.12.14",
    "lastLog": "2013.01.15"
    "userId": 2,
    "name": "Anne",
    "password": "123456",
    "log": {
    "registration": "2012.12.24",
    "lastLog": "2012.12.29"

    "userId": 3,
    "name": "Miles",
    "password": "abc",
    "log": {
    "registration": "2013.02.01",
    "lastLog": "2013.02.01"


    <form ng-submit="loginUser();">
    <label for"userUsername">Username</label><input type="text" id="userUsername" ng-model="userUsername">
    <input type="submit" value="Login">

    do you have a working example fo this?

    No unfortunately I don't. I didn't get much further with this project and hasn't been worked on for a while.

    change line: for( i=0; i < totalUsers; i++ ) TO for(var i=0; i < totalUsers; i++ )

  • There is much wrong with your code..

    • You are iterating over every record to find a username, what happens if you have lots of users ?

    • You are not verifying the password !?

    • It seems like you are exposing the REST services with all the user id's and passwords !?

    • It seems that if the user knows the /loggedin URL, then the user can skip logging in since you do not validate loggedIn anywhere. Even worse, loggedIn is a variable local to LoginCtrl.

    It is good to try and write everything yourself, it brings valuable experience. But please, use this only for throwaway websites.

  • You could also create an HTTP call to a PHP $; to make your call in a secure php file and getting a query to spit back a json_encoded(); response. I liked the example above. I will be using it along with some ngCookies to keep the session open that way.

  • There are lots of mistake with your code:

    1. The database seems to be limited

    2. Your code is not authenticating the username and password

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