AngularJS Tip – Avoid Multiple Variables in ng-src

Before I start, let me be clear I’m still learning AngularJS and this “tip” may be 100% wrong. I just ran into this with an application and most likely there is a better way to address what I did.

In the application I’m building, I’ve got a detail page that displays an image. The site uses an image folder that uses a subdirectory for the size of the image, so for example, the base image folder is: For the thumbnail of product X, the image would be: For the larger size, it would be:

To make things simpler, I used a partial that looked like this.

<img ng-src="{{imageroot}}/{{product.image}}">

For folks who don’t know Angular, the ng-src directive ensures that when the partial is loaded, the browser doesn’t try to load an invalid image. If I had used src=”…”, there would be two network requests – first for the tokenized version of the URL and then for the real value.

I thought this was working fine, but I then noticed something odd in my network tools – a request for From what I can see, it looks like Angular sets the src of the image element as soon as it is able to replace one of the tokens.

To fix this, I simply edited the template to use one variable and I set that value properly in my controller.

<img ng-src="{{image}}">

The controller code:

$scope.product = data;
$scope.image = IMG_URL + "thumbs/" + data.image;