Angular Directives Tutorial

Angular Directives Tutorial

<strong>In this post, we go over three popular directive in Angular and show you how to implement them in your code.</strong>

In this post, we go over three popular directive in Angular and show you how to implement them in your code.

A directive is an add-on or an extension to Angular features, used for optimizing your reusable code.

There are three types of directives in Angular (component, attribute, and structural).

Component Directives

A component is a directive with a template. Basically, whatever we do in Angular is a component. It is a reusable part of the whole application.

Here is an example of a simple animation component that rotates the div by 180 degrees when clicked.


<div (click)="animateDiv(animatediv)" #animatediv class="animateDiv">CLICK ME</div>

TS file:

import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core';


  selector: 'app-animation',

  templateUrl: './animation.component.html',

  styleUrls: ['./animation.component.css']


export class AnimationComponent implements OnInit {

  constructor() { }

public animateDiv(receivedObj){;



Attribute Directives

An attribute directive changes the way a component, element, or directive looks. Attribute directives are used to give a better look and feel to our element. Some of the commonly used attribute directives in Angular are: ngStylengSwitchngModelngClass.

Below is an example of a simple component showing how to use the ngStyle irectived. It assigns the background color as blue if the item is a fruit and green if it is a vegetable.

<ul *ngFor="let item of items">
  <li class="item" [ngStyle]="{'backgroundColor':getBgColor(item.type)}" > 
    {{ } 
export class ItemsComponent {

  public items = [





  public getBgColor(type){

    if(type == 'fruit'){

      return 'blue';


      return 'green';




Structural Directives

As the name suggests, a structural directive changes the structure of a component, element, or directive. Basically, it is used to manipulate the DOM. Some of the commonly used structural directives in Angular are ngIf and ngFor.

Below is a simple component showing the usage of the ngIf directive. This component toggles the div on the click of the button.


<button (click)>TOGGLE</button>

<div class="showDiv" *>I AM VISIBLE</div>

TS file:

export class ToggleComponent {

public showDiv:boolean = true; 

public toggleDiv(){

  this.showDiv = !this.showDiv;



Building Custom Directives

We can also create custom directives based on our requirements and use them throughout the application.



<p appPaintGreen>I AM A GREEN PARAGRAPH</p>

TS File:

import { Directive, ElementRef } from '@angular/core';


  selector: '[appPaintGreen]'


export class PaintGreenDirective {

  constructor(private el:ElementRef) {

    // el here contains the object in which you are using this directive = 'green';





Directives are basically custom elements that give some extra capability to an element. They can be used based to make our components flexible in both appearance and functionality.

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