ngModel & Two way Data binding in Angular

In this article let us explore the two way data binding in Angular and how NgModel implements the two-way binding in Angular Forms. The ngModel is a built-in directive and is part of the FormsModule. The Two-way binding uses the syntax [()]

Applies to: Angular 2 to the latest edition of i.e. Angular 8. Angular 9, Angular 10

What is Two way data binding

Two way data binding means that changes made to our model in the component are propagated to the view and that any changes made in the view are immediately updated in the underlying component data.

Two way data binding is useful in data entry forms. Whenever a user makes changes to a form field, we would like to update our model. Similarly, when we update the model with new data, we would like to update the view as well

The two way data binding nothing but both property binding & event binding applied together. Property Binding is one way from view to component. The event binding is one way from component to view. If we combine both we will get the Two-way binding.

Angular Two way binding using Property and event binding

Two way using property & Event Binding

The following example shows how we can achieve two-way binding using the combination of property binding & event binding

Create a new Angular application

copy the following code to app.component.html

Update the app.component.ts with the following code.

We bind the name property to the input element ([value]="name"). We also use the event binding (input)="name=$event.target.value". It updates the name property whenever the input changes. The Angular interpolation updates the {{name}}, so we know the value of name property.

Two-way binding syntax

The above example uses the event & property binding combination to achieve the two-way binding. But Angular does provide a way to achieve the two-way binding using the syntax [()]. Note that both square & parentheses are used here. This is now known as Banana in a box syntax. The square indicates the Property binding & parentheses indicates the event binding.

For Example

The above syntax sets up both property & event binding. But to make use of it, the property must follow the following naming convention.

If we are binding to a settable property called someProperty of an element, then the element must have the corresponding change event named somePropertyChange


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But most HTML elements have a value property. But do not have a valueChange event, instead, they usually have an input event. Hence they cannot be used in the above syntax

For Example, the following will not work as there is no valueChange event supported by the input element.

Hence we have a ngModel directive.

What is ngModel

The Angular uses the ngModel directive to achieve the two-way binding on HTML Form elements. It binds to a form element like input, select, selectarea. etc.

Internally It uses the ngModel in property, binding to bind to the value property and ngModelChange which binds to the input event.

How to use ngModel

The ngModel directive is not part of the Angular Core library. It is part of the FormsModule library. You need to import the FormsModule package into your Angular module.

In the template use the following syntax

The ngModel directive placed inside the square & parentheses as shown above. This is assigned to the Template Expression. Template Expression is the property in the component class

ngModel Example

Import FormsModule

Open the app.module.ts and make the following changes

Template

Component

The ngModel data property sets the element’s value property and the ngModelChange event property listens for changes to the element’s value.

Run the project and see that as you modify the name, the component class model is automatically updated.

Custom Two-way binding

As we mentioned earlier the [()] to work, we need to have a property with the change event as<nameofProperty>Change.

We do not have any HTML Elements which follows the above naming conventions, but we can create a custom component

create a new component and name it as counter.component.ts. Copy the following code.

The component has two properties one is input property count decorated with @Input(). The other in is an event (or output property), which we decorate with @Output(). We name the input property as count. Hence the output property becomes countChange

Now we can use this component and create two-way binding to the count property using the syntax [(count)].

Summary

The two-way binding is a simple, but the yet powerful mechanism. We use the Property binding & Event binding to achieve the two-way binding. Angular does have a [(value)] syntax to which sets up the two-way binding. It automatically sets up property binding to value property of the element. It also sets up the event binding to valueChange Property. But since we hardly have any HTML element, which follows those naming conventions unless we create our own component. This is where ngModel directive from FormsModule steps in and provides two way binding to all the known HTML form elements.

4 thoughts on “ngModel & Two way Data binding in Angular”

  1. Himanshu Pandey

    I have started following your tutorial to learn Angular, albeit I am an intermediate. Splendid!. Many things covered for the in depth knowledge. Please let me know if there is tutorial for web Api as well you recommend?

  2. Thank you for a good tutorial.
    I just started learning AngularJS using your tutorial.
    I came this far (custom two way bindings) but the code above throws this error to me:
    Property ‘count’ does not exist on type ‘AppComponent’.
    I added “” to app.component.html.
    Could you tell what I’m doing wrong?
    Thank you

    1. I cannot say anything without looking at your code

      Please check the spelling of the count in AppComponent

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