Angular 1.6 local storage and caching

Before we talk about localStorage and caching, I wanted to talk about AngularJS 1.6 and Angular 2/4/5+.

The State of Angular 2/4/5+

After the last year of keeping up with Angular 2/4/5+ development, it seems that they’re still gearing up. In my eyes, they have taken on a lot of work and have shifted the ground underneath developers quite a bit. The full adoption and support for TypeScript is welcome news, but there are still many development shops that will use JavaScript and ES6 with Babel. The documentation and examples do not seem to support JavaScript as much as they support TypeScript. This is also true for Dart, which is used by Google for one of the larger Angular projects, but even they cannot count on full support from the Angular team.

There’s also the rapid rate of change. Angular has an upgrade path however it is not fun to upgrade dependencies and change code every few months because the API of the framework has changed.

The state of Angular 2/4/5+ at this point is similar to the state of the Django web framework before it was version 1.0. Before 1.0 of Django, every single week seemed to bring new changes in the codebase. It was fun to be on the cutting edge and the latest and greatest but Django before 1.0 was not ready for production. This cycle is happening to Angular 2/4/5+. If you want to be on the cutting edge, use Angular and be careful when deploying and maintaining a production app.

When should you consider using Angular 2/4/5+?

If you are starting a new project, you should consider Angular 2/4/5+

If you want to develop a mobile app using Angular, use NativeScript with Angular 2./4/5+

If your web development team has at least 3 developers, consider using Angular 2/4/5+

When should you consider using AngularJS 1.6?

If you have an older AngularJS 1.x project, consider upgrading it to AngularJS 1.6 (don’t attempt a rewrite in Angular 2 until you do that!)

If your web development team has 1 to 3 developers, consider AngularJS 1.6 because you will find a lot of modules that have been production-ready and are well-tested. You will be able to ship the project into production and support it for years to come. As I pointed in the last Learning AngularJS issue about Siberian CMS, they are using AngularJS 1.3 for mobile apps and it still works just fine for them.

Local Storage and Caching in AngularJS 1.6

Now let’s get to the fun stuff, Local storage in AngularJS 1.6!

Local Storage is an HTML5 web api that can be used to store data in the browser. The data is stored in a bucket for the current domain name (click here to view the Storage API).

An awesome developer created the angular-local-storage module for AngularJS 1.6 which gives you a nice API to work with in AngularJS for local storage.

What’s cool about is that you can listen for notifications whenever the local storage has been changed (with setItem or removeItem). It also lets you set the storage to use local storage or session storage. Session storage is great for quick caching while local storage is more long-term.

The API for angular-local-storage is easy to use:

  • isSupported – whether the browser supports local storage
  • setPrefix – prefix used when setting keys
  • getStorageType – the type of storage used
  • set – set a value
  • get – get a value
  • keys – the list of keys that have been set in local storage (very very convenient!)
  • remove – remove a value
  • clearAll – remove all values set
  • bind – binds a value from local storage to a variable in the $scope

Here’s an example of how it’s used:

var myApp = angular.module('myApp', ['angular-local-storage']);
myApp.controller('HomeCtrl', ['$scope', 'localStorageService', 'someApiService', function($scope, localStorageService, someApiService) {
  function $onInit() {
    console.log('the keys! ' + localStorageService.join(', '));
    console.log('storing a value from an API call');
    someApiService.fetchValues(function(values) {
      localStorageService.set('valuesFetched', values);
    localStorageService.set('formSubmitted', false);

  function submitForm() {
    if (localStorageService.get('formSubmitted')) {
      console.log('form already submitted!');
    } else {
      localStorageService.set('formSubmitted', true);

Thanks for reading!

Thanks for reading! If you’re still using AngularJS 1.6, don’t worry you are not alone, there are thousands of projects out there also using it and the modules are well-tested and production-ready! If you ever wanted to use local storage in AngularJS, now here’s your chance with angular-local-storage.

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