Angular 8 Directives: Directives are instructions in the DOM (Document Object Model). It specifies how to place our business logic in Angular. The directive is markers on a DOM element that tell Angular to attach a specified behavior to that DOM element or even transform the DOM element and its children. Mostly directives in Angular starts with ng- where ng stands for Angular, and it extends the HTML.

Angular 8 Directives

There are three kinds of directives:

1. Component Directives

2. Structural Directives

3. Attribute Directives

Types of Angular 8 Directives

Component Directives

Components are the most common of the directives. It contains the details of how the component should be processed, instantiated, and used at runtime. The component comprises meta-data.

Structural Directives

Structural Directivesaredone in the elements section. These directives are used to manipulate and change the structure of the DOM elements. Structural directives have a star (*) sign before the directive. Like as,* ngIf, *ngFor, and *ngSwitch directive.

  • *ngIf Directive: The *ngIf allows us to Add/Remove DOM Element.
  • *ngSwitch Directive: The *ngSwitch will enable us to Add/Remove DOM element. It is same as the switch statement of C#.
  • *ngFor Directive: The *ngFor directive is used to repeat a part of HTML template once per each item from an iterable list (Collection).

Attributes Directives

Itdeals with changing the look and behavior of the DOM element. For example: ngClass, ngStyle etc.

  •  NgClass Directive: The ngClass Directive is used to add or remove CSS classes to an element.
  • NgStyle Directive: The ngStyle Directive facilitates you to modify the style of an HTML element using the expression. We can also use the ngStyle Directive to change the style of our HTML element dynamically.
Attributes Directives

Difference between Structural Directive and Attribute Directive

Structural Directive Attribute Directive
Structural directives are applied to <template> elements and used to add or remove content (stamp and template). The component has their view (HTML and styles) because of that, there can be one component on a host element, but multiple directives.

How to Create Custom Directives?

We can create our custom directives to use in Angular components with the help of the command line. The command which is used to develop the Directive using the command line is as follows-

It is seen in the command line as given in the below code-

The above files, i.e., change-text directive.spec.ts and change-text.directive.ts created and the app.module.ts is updated.


import { BrowserModule } from ‘@angular/platform-browser’;

The ChangeTextDirective class has been included in the declarations in the above file. The class is also imported from the file given below-


The above file has a directive and it also has a selector property. Whatever we define in the selector, the same has to match in the view, where we assign the custom directive.

In the app.component.html view, add the directive as follows-

We will write the changes in change-text.directive.ts file as-


In the above file, there is a class known as ChangeTextDirective, and also a constructor.

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