Javascript – Is it possible to write data to a locally json file with nothing but angular


I'm trying to write data to a json file after hitting "Submit" on an html formly-form using only angular, but nothing is happening. I know I can read a json file using angular but not sure on creating files.
onSubmit() in controller:

function onSubmit() {
    $ = function() {
        $'./temp/sample_data.json', JSON.stringify($scope.model)).then(function(data) {
            $scope.msg = 'Data saved';


<form name="form" ng-submit="onSubmit()" novalidate>
    <formly-form model="model" fields="fields"></formly-form><br/>
    <button type="submit">Submit</button>

The sample_data.json isn't created and if I create an empty file it does not fill up with the data as well. The $scope.model defenitly contains data.
If anyone can help, it will be very appreciated.
Thanks, Alon.

Best Solution

Is it possible to write data to a locally json file with nothing but angular?

No. Even if you're running the page from the local file system (e.g., file://myfile.html) or from a local webserver (e.g., http://localhost/myfile.html or http://host-on-my-intranet/myfile.html), you still have no means of directly writing to a file from browser-hosted JavaScript code.

Two choices:

  1. Send it to something (e.g., a server) that can write it out, or

  2. Provide it as a data: URI (if feasible in your case) that the user can right-click and choose "save as..."

    Here's how you create a data: URI for some JSON text:

    var uri = "data:application/json;charset=UTF-8," + encodeURIComponent(theJSON);

Full Example of #2:

var theData = {
  foo: "bar"
var theJSON = JSON.stringify(theData);
var uri = "data:application/json;charset=UTF-8," + encodeURIComponent(theJSON);

var a = document.createElement('a');
a.href = uri;
a.innerHTML = "Right-click and choose 'save as...'";

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