AngularJS fix for duplicate iFrame requests with Internet Explorer

A GitHub issue logged in the AngularJS repository explained that I was not alone in this discovery and provided some workarounds including updating the AngularJS source (not a good idea!)

The code below is a directive (using TypeScript) for a custom iframe source which prevents the two requests. Note, I used AngularJS version 1.5.0 for testing.

    export class IFrameSourceDirective implements ng.IDirective {
        public link: ng.IDirectiveLinkFn;
        public restrict: any;

        constructor() {
            this.restrict = 'A';
   = ($scope: ng.IScope, $element: ng.IAugmentedJQuery, attrs: ng.IAttributes, ngModelCtrl: ng.INgModelController): void => {
                attrs.$observe('iframeSrc', (value) => {
                    if (value) {
                        attrs.$set('src', value);
         * @returns an instance of IFrameSourceDirective, instantiated with Angular parameters.
        public static Factory() {
            var directive = () => {
                return new IFrameSourceDirective();

            return directive;

    app.directive("iframeSrc", IFrameSourceDirective.Factory());


< iframe iframe-src="{{myUrlPropery}}"></iframe>

This was a subtle issue, which could have had significant impact on usability. Hopefully this assists others working with AngularJS applications with the ng-src directive.

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