Some useful components and services that will help you while managing and validating Angular 2 Forms.

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npm install angular2-form-utils@1.2.0


Angular 2 Form Utils

Some useful components and services that will help you while managing and validating Angular 2 Forms.

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To install this library, run:

$ npm install angular2-form-utils --save

If you use Angular-CLI, add the package to system-config.ts:

const map: any = {
  'angular2-form-utils': 'vendor/angular2-form-utils/dist'

const packages: any = {
  'angular2-form-utils': {defaultExtension: 'js', main: 'index.js'}

and to angular-cli-build.js:

vendorNpmFiles: [
    // ...

Add the library's DIRECTIVES and SERVICES to the component with the form:

import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import { DIRECTIVES, SERVICES } from 'angular2-form-utils';

  selector: 'my-form'
  directives: [DIRECTIVES],
  providers: [SERVICES]
export class MyFormComponent{
  // ...


Validate Directive

Usually, when your form is submitted, it always calls your ngSubmit bound method and you have to manually check if the form is valid, before sending the info to the server. With this directive, instead, the method is called only if there are no errors.

Moreover, the novalidate attribute is automatically added to your form.

How to use

Just add the validate directive to your form:

<form #form="ngForm" (ngSubmit)="onSubmit(form.value)" validate>

Form Errors List

If there are errors, a list of error messages will appear under your form, like:

  • Username: is required
  • Password: must be at least 8 characters long

Error messages update or disappear as the user edits the fields.

How to use

  1. Add the the validate directive to the form (see above).
  2. Add the <errors> component inside your form:

Error Messages

If you want to customize the error messages or add new ones, use the ErrorMessageService:

import { ErrorMessageService } from 'angular2-form-utils';
// ...
constructor(errorMessageService: ErrorMessageService) {
        required: 'please, fill this!'

Some built-in Validators (as well as some Custom Validators) has params that you can use in your custom messages using {{paramName}}.

Here are the default messages:

required: 'is required',
minlength: 'must be at least {{requiredLength}} characters long',
maxlength: 'must be no more than {{requiredLength}} characters long',
email: 'must be valid',
min: 'must be a number greater than or equal to {{requiredMin}}',
max: 'must be a number less than or equal to {{requiredMax}}'

Fields names in the errors list are based on input names or FormControl names and humanized (first_name becames First Name), but if you want to customize them, you can set a map object:

import { ErrorMessageService } from 'angular2-form-utils';
// ...
constructor(errorMessageService: ErrorMessageService) {
      first_name: 'Name',
      last_name: 'Surname'

Custom Validators

Some useful validators that you can apply to your forms:

  • checks if it's a valid email
  • CustomValidators.minchecks if it's a number greater than min
  • CustomValidators.max checks if it's a number less than max
  • CustomValidators.match checks if a field match another field (applicable only to formGroups)

How to use

Import and use them as built-in Validators. Using the FormBuilder:

import { CustomValidators } from 'angular2-form-utils';
// ...
constructor(fb: FormBuilder) {
    this.myForm ={
      email: ['', [Validators.required,]],
      age: ['', [Validators.required, CustomValidators.min(18), CustomValidators.max(42)]],
          password: ['', [Validators.required, Validators.minLength(8)]],
          repeat_password:  ['']
      }, {validator: CustomValidators.match('password', 'repeat_password')}),
<input type="email" formControlName="email" />
<input type="number" formControlName="age" />
<fieldset formGroupName="password_confirmation">
    <input type="password" formControlName="password" />
    <input type="password" formControlName="repeat_password" />

or directly in template-driven forms:

<input type="email" name="email" ngModel validateEmail required />
<input type="number" name="age" ngModel min="18" max="42" required />
<fieldset ngModelGroup="password_confirmation" match="password,repeat_password">
    <input type="password" name="password" ngModel required minlength="8" />
    <input type="password" name="repeat_password" ngModel />

Server side errors

When the ngSubmitcallback is fired, you can call your server and, if you get some errors, you can add them to the error list using the addErrors method.

How to use

Add the validate directive to your form, but also make sure to add a template reference variable bound with it, passing it to the ngSubmitcallback.

<form #v="validate" (ngSubmit)="onSubmit(v)" validate>

Now you can add your custom error from the onSubmit method:

onSubmit(validate) {
  validate.addErrors('email', {
    unique: true

A more real example is when you get errors from a server call:

onSubmit(validate) {
    (response: any) => successCallback(,
    (response: any) => {
      for (let error: any of response.errors) {
        let errorObject: any = {};
        errorObject[] = true;
        validate.addErrors(error.field, errorObject);

As you can see, you can access to the form instance from validate.form.


  • Add unit testing and E2E testing
  • Add more Custom Validators


To generate all *.js, * and *.d.ts files:

$ npm run build

To lint all *.ts files:

$ npm run lint


MIT © Daniele Ghidoli