Template Driven Forms

What are template driven forms?

  • Usually use ngModel

  • Validation rules imbedded in HTML

  • Can require end to end testing

  • Works well for small projects/forms with simple validation

Import Forms Module

Template driven forms requires the FormsModule for directives like ngModel. Since this is usually used across multiple forms, it's usually imported in the app.module.

import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { FormsModule } from '@angular/forms';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { LoginComponent } from './login/login.component';
imports: [ BrowserModule, FormsModule ],
declarations: [ AppComponent, LoginComponent ],
bootstrap: [ AppComponent ]
export class AppModule { }

Creating a template driven form

If you don't have a LoginComponent create one using ng g c login

<form #loginForm="ngForm" (ngSubmit)="submit(loginForm)">
<label>User Name: </label>
<input type="text" name="username" [(ngModel)]="user.username" />
Password: </label>
<input type="password" name="password" [(ngModel)]="user.password" />
<input type="submit" value="Submit" />
<p class="message">{{message}}</p>

The form tag has a template variable declared using #loginForm which points to the ngForm directive. The submit button is of type submit and the form will call the submit function and pass the form to it.

Template Driven Component

Enter a username, password, and click the submit button. The console should log a similar message: form submitted:{"username":"[email protected]","password":"mySecretPassword"}

Setting Required Fields - HTML5 Validation

By adding the required attribute to each input, we can activate the HTML5 validation

<input type="text" name="username" [(ngModel)]="user.username" required />

Warning: since Angular version 4, you must add ngNativeValidate for HTML 5 validation to fire.

Why Angular validation?

  • Control when validation messages appear

  • Customize validation messages

  • Complex/programatic validation

  • Custom validators

Angular Built-In Validators

  • required

  • minLength

  • maxLength

  • pattern

Adding Validation messages

ngModel keeps track of each controls validity. Has properties including valid, invalid, touched, untouched, pristine, dirty

Controlling When Validation Messages Appear

By default, validation messages appear immediately We can control when the messages appear by using the ngModelOptions or ngFormOptions directive. Usage: <input [ngModelOptions]="{ updateOn: 'blur' }" ... /> or <form [ngFormOptions]="{ updateOn: 'submit' }" ... >

  • blur - validate when the control loses focus

  • submit - validate when the form is submitted

  • change (default) - validate after every keystroke

  • Use custom variable

Display Form Validation State

Display Field Validation State

Adding Validation Classes

input.ng-invalid {
border: 1px solid red;
input.ng-valid {
border: 1px solid blue;
input.ng-pristine {
background-color: lightgrey;

Validation indicators can be great visual cues to users

Other Control Examples


  • What are template driven forms?

  • Import FormsModule

  • Creating a template driven form/component

  • HTML5 Validation

  • Why Angular Validators

  • Angular Built-In Validators

  • Adding Validation Messages and when they show

  • Displaying Form and Field Validation Statuses

  • Validation Classes

  • Validating Other Controls