Easy to use, two-way data binding library, light-weight, and with no dependencies.

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import ahabraDataBind from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@ahabra/data-bind';


Data Bind

Easy to use, two-way data binding library, light-weight, and with no dependencies.

What is Data Binding

We bind a DOM element on a page to a variable or object in the JS code, such that when one changes, the other will change automatically.

For example if we have an input box that we bind to the property person.name, if the user enters a value in the input box, person.name will change. If the programmer changes the value in person.name the input box will also change.


You can use this library as either an ES6 module or the old way as a script that you include in your html file.

Install as NPM ES6 Module

If you plan to use this package as an NPM module, install it:

npm install @ahabra/data-bind

Install as a Script

If you plan to use this package as a JS script library:

<script src="https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ahabra/data-bind/master/dist/data-bind-script-min.js"></script>

Alternatively, you can download the file https://github.com/ahabra/data-bind/blob/master/dist/data-bind-script-min.js and use directly.


If you installed as an NPM module:

import bind from '@ahabra/data-bind'

If you installed it as Script, the bind function is available at window.bind()

Quick Code Demo

     <input id="age" type="text" />
const obj = {};
bind({obj, prop:'age', sel:'#age'});

obj.age = 10; // Notice how the view will change

// Now manually edit the input box on the page
// then from the browser's console tab:


There is a single function bind() that you can use. It takes a single argument object with the following keys:

  1. obj: An existing object where a property will be bound. Optional. If missing, a new object is created and returned by the bind() function.
  2. prop: The name of the property to be bound. It can be an existing property or a new one. Required, string.
  3. sel: A CSS selector which selects an element on the page. Optional, string. If ommitted, then an unbounded property will be created.
  4. attr: The name of an attribute on the selected element. Optional, string.
  5. root: The root DOM node which contains the bound element. If ommitted, then document will be the root. Optional, DOM Element.
  6. onChange: A callback which is invoked when the value of a property is changed through an API invocation (and not through UI interaction). The callback function takes two arguments (oldValue, newValue).

The bind() function returns the bound object.

When attr is given, the value of the attribute is bound to the property. For example, you can bind the style attribute to a property.

bind({obj, prop:'carColor', sel:'#carColor', attr:'style'});

// then you can change the element's background color:
obj.carColor = 'background-color:red';

When attr is not given:

  • If the selected element is input-type element (input, textarea, or select), the value of the element is bound.
  • Otherwise, the innerHTML of the element is bound.

Using root

The bind() function can be called with an optional root argument. For example, consider this html fragment:

    <div id="container">
        <input class="name" type="text" />

We can bind the name as follows:

const obj = {};
const root = document.getElementById('container');
bind({obj, prop:'name', sel:'.name', root});

Look at this repo's example/example.html for a fully working example.