Error: [ngModel:nonassign] Expression is non-assignable


Trying to display a columnvalue from a gridcollection based on another value in that same row. The user can select/change values in a modal which contains a grid with values. When the modal closes the values are passed back. At that moment I would like to set a value for 'Also known as':


 Also known as: <input type="text" `ng-model="displayValue(displayNameData[0].show,displayNameData[0].value)">`

I created a function on scope to select the value only when the 'show' value is true:

$scope.displayValue = function (show, val) {
    if (show) {
        return val;
    else {
        return '';

However when I close the modal I get an error:

Error: [ngModel:nonassign] Expression 'displayValue(displayNameData[0].show,displayNameData[0].value)' is non-assignable. 

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Problem courtesy of: Pindakaas


As HackedByChinese mentioned, you can't bind ng-model to a function, so try like this:

<input type="text" ng-if="displayNameData[0].show"

Or if you want this control to be visible you can create directive, add function to $parsers that will set empty value according to show:

    angular.module('yourModule').directive('bindIf', function() {
        return {
            restrict: 'A',
            require: 'ngModel',

            link: function(scope, element, attrs, ngModel) {
                function parser(value) {
                    var show = scope.$eval(attrs.bindIf);
                    return show ? value: '';



<input type="text" bind-if="displayNameData[0].show"
Solution courtesy of: karaxuna


Using ng-value instead of ng-model worked for me.

Discussion courtesy of: Bloodhound

You can bind ng-model to function

Binding to a getter/setter
Sometimes it's helpful to bind ngModel to a getter/setter function. A getter/setter is a function that returns a representation of the model when called with zero arguments, and sets the internal state of a model when called with an argument. It's sometimes useful to use this for models that have an internal representation that's different from what the model exposes to the view.


<div ng-controller="ExampleController">
  <form name="userForm">
      <input type="text" name="userName"
             ng-model-options="{ getterSetter: true }" />
  <pre> = <span ng-bind=""></span></pre>


angular.module('getterSetterExample', [])
.controller('ExampleController', ['$scope', function($scope) {
  var _name = 'Brian';
  $scope.user = {
    name: function(newName) {
     // Note that newName can be undefined for two reasons:
     // 1. Because it is called as a getter and thus called with no arguments
     // 2. Because the property should actually be set to undefined. This happens e.g. if the
     //    input is invalid
     return arguments.length ? (_name = newName) : _name;
Discussion courtesy of: Ikrom

This recipe can be found in it's original form on Stack Over Flow.