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AngularJS ngClass conditional

Posted by: admin November 2, 2017 Leave a comment


Is there any way to make an expression for something like ngClass to be a conditional. For example, I have tried the following:

<span ng-class="{test: 'obj.value1 == \'someothervalue\''}">test</span>

The issue with this code is that no matter what obj.value1 is, the class test is always applied to the element. Doing this:

<span ng-class="{test: obj.value2}">test</span>

As long as obj.value2 does not equal a truthy value, the class in not applied. Now I can work around the issue in the first example by doing this:

<span ng-class="{test: checkValue1()}">test</span>

where the checkValue1 function looks like this:

$scope.checkValue1 = function() {
  return $scope.obj.value === 'somevalue';

I am just wondering if this is how ngClass is supposed to work. I am also building a custom directive where I would like to do something similar to this. However I can’t find a way to watch an expression (and maybe that is impossible and the reason why it works like this).

Here is a plnkr to show what I mean:



Your first attempt was almost right, It should work without the quotes.

{test: obj.value1 == 'someothervalue'}

Here is a plnkr.

The ngClass directive will work with any expression that evaluates truthy or falsey, a bit similar to Javascript expressions but with some differences, you can read about here.
If your conditional is too complex, then you can use a function that returns truthy or falsey, as you did in your third attempt.

Just to complement: You can also use logical operators to form logical expressions like

ng-class="{'test': obj.value1 == 'someothervalue' || obj.value2 == 'somethingelse'}"


Using ng-class inside ng-repeat

            <tr ng-repeat="task in todos"
                ng-class="{'warning': task.status == 'Hold' , 'success': task.status == 'Completed',
              'active': task.status == 'Started', 'danger': task.status == 'Pending' } ">
                <td>{{$index + 1}}</td>

For each status in task.status a different class is used for the row.


Angular JS provide this functionality in ng-class Directive. In which you can put condition and also assign conditional class. You can achieve this in two different ways.

Type 1

<div ng-class="{0:'one', 1:'two',2:'three'}[status]"></div>

In this code class will be apply according to value of status value

if status value is 0 then apply class one

if status value is 1 then apply class two

if status value is 2 then apply class three

Type 2

<div ng-class="{1:'test_yes', 0:'test_no'}[status]"></div>

In which class will be apply by value of status

if status value is 1 or true then it will add class test_yes

if status value is 0 or false then it will add class test_no


I see great examples above but they all start with curly brackets (json map). Another option is to return a result based on computation. The result can also be a list of css class names (not just map). Example:

ng-class="(status=='active') ? 'enabled' : 'disabled'"


ng-class="(status=='active') ? ['enabled'] : ['disabled', 'alik']"

Explanation: If the status is active, the class enabled will be used. Otherwise, the class disabled will be used.

The list [] is used for using multiple classes (not just one).


angular syntax is to use the : operator to perform the equivalent of an if modifier

<div  ng-class="{ 'clearfix' : row%2==0 }">

add clearfix class to even rows. nonetheless expression could be anything we can have in normal if condition and it should evaluate to either true or false.


I am going to show you two methods by which you can dynamically apply ng-class


By using ternary operator

<div ng-class="condition?'class1':'class2'"></div>


If your condition is true then class1 will be applied to your element else class2 will be applied.


When you will try to change the conditional value at run time the class somehow will not changed. So I will suggest you to go for step2 if you have requirement like dynamic class change.


<div ng-class="{value1:'class1', value2:'class2'}[condition]"></div>


if your condition matches with value1 then class1 will be applied to your element, if matches with value2 then class2 will be applied and so on. And dynamic class change will work fine with it.

Hope this will help you.


There is a simple method which you could use with html class attribute and shorthand if/else. No need to make it so complex. Just use following method.

<div class="{{expression == true ? 'class_if_expression_true' : 'class_if_expression_false' }}">Your Content</div>

Happy Coding,
Nimantha Perera


Using function with ng-class is a good option when someone has to run complex logic to decide the appropriate CSS class.



<div ng-app>
  <div ng-controller="testCtrl">
        <div ng-class="getCSSClass()">Testing ng-class using function</div>       


.testclass { Background: lightBlue}


function testCtrl($scope) {
    $scope.getCSSClass = function() {
     return "testclass ";


use this

<div ng-class="{states}[condition]"></div>

for example if the condition is [2 == 2], states are {true: ‘…’, false: ‘…’}