mat-checkbox, Angular material checkbox component Usage, Example

Learn how to build checkboxes using material design

<mat-checkbox> selector is an Angular material checkbox component.

It works like <input type="checkbox"> & sugar coated with Material design styling and animations.

Steps to add mat-checkbox in Angular applications

Follow the below Steps to add mat-checkbox in Angular.

Step 1: Import MatCheckboxModule

<mat-checkbox> part of Angular Material module called MatCheckboxModule.

To use <mat-checkbox> we have to import MatCheckboxModule from @angular/Material module.

We can import MatCheckboxModule in our components .ts file or app.module.ts file or some common material module which can be used across the application as explained in angular material tutorial.

import {MatCheckboxModule} from '@angular/material/checkbox'

Step 2: Use mat-checkbox selector with text.

Now we can use mat-checkbox across our Angular application.

<mat-checkbox> Hello I am Checkbox</mat-checkbox>

mat-checkbox Example

Now we will go though the simple example to understand further.

ng generate component AngularMaterialCheckbox

And add following code in generated angular-material-checkbox.component.html file

<h2>Basic Example</h2>
<mat-list-item><mat-checkbox checked=“true”>Checkbox Checked</mat-checkbox>
<mat-list-item><mat-checkbox>Checkbox UnChecked</mat-checkbox>
<mat-list-item><mat-checkbox indeterminate=“true”>Checkbox Indeterminate
<mat-list-item><mat-checkbox labelPosition=“before”>Checkbox Label before
<mat-list-item><mat-checkbox disableRipple=true>Checkbox Ripple Disabled
<mat-list-item><mat-checkbox disabled=true>Checkbox Disabled</mat-checkbox>
<mat-list-item><mat-checkbox color=“primary”checked=true>Checkbox Theme Primary
<mat-list-item><mat-checkbox color=“warn”checked=true>Checkbox Theme Warn

Now we will use the component,add following code in app.component.html file


Now we will go through the properties of mat-checkbox

mat-checkbox Label

Content of the <mat-checkbox> element acts as label for checkbox in angular material.

Label position can be before or after the checkbox.

We can control the label position using labelPosition property of <mat-checkbox>.

<mat-checkbox labelPosition="before">Angular Checkbox Label before
<mat-checkbox labelPosition="after">Angular Checkbox Label After

mat-checkbox Checked state

Using checked property value of <mat-checkbox> we can control the state of checkbox either checked or unchecked

<mat-checkbox checked="true">Angular Checkbox Checked</mat-checkbox>
<mat-checkbox checked="false">Angular Checkbox UnChecked</mat-checkbox>

mat-checkbox UnChecked state

Provides exact opposite functionality of checked property. If its true in <mat-checkbox> then checkbox is unchecked and vice versa

<mat-checkbox unchecked="true">Angular Checkbox UnChecked
<mat-checkbox unchecked="false">Angular Checkbox Checked

mat-checkbox Indeterminate state

<mat-checkbox> supports Indeterminate state.

Indicates whether checkbox is indeterminate or we can call it as mixed state.

The value can be set through Indeterminate property of <mat-checkbox> value can be true or false

For example say there is one parent checkbox under which we have four children checkboxes.

If all children checkboxes are checked then parent checkbox should be checked and if all checkboxes are unchecked then it should be unchecked.

If any one of them is unchecked then parent checkbox should indicate mixed state.

That is nothing but Indeterminate state.

And it is only for visual representation. You can’t make a checkbox indeterminate through HTML there is no attribute.

var checkbox = document.getElementById(“indeterminate-checkbox”);
checkbox.indeterminate = true;

But in Angular we can set indeterminate state through Indeterminate property.

<mat-checkbox indeterminate=“true”>Checkbox Indeterminate</mat-checkbox>

Any click action on <mat-checkbox> will remove the indeterminate state.

And if the checkbox contain both indeterminate and checked properties true.

Then it will displayed as indeterminate state.

<mat-checkbox indeterminate="true" checked="true">Checkbox Indeterminate
//Checkbox displayed as indeterminate state.

mat-checkbox Disabled State

Using disabled property of mat-checkbox we can disable angular material checkbox.

<mat-checkbox disabled>Checkbox Disabled</mat-checkbox>

mat-checkbox color and Theming

The color of Angular Checkbox can be changed by color property of <mat-checkbox>.

By default value is “accent” and can be change to primary or warn according to Material design theming guidelines.

And We can disable ripple animation using Angular Material Checkbox property disableRipple

<mat-checkbox disableRipple=true>Checkbox Ripple Disabled</mat-checkbox>

Bind Data to mat-checkbox using ngModel

Now we will bind the data to angular material checkbox. In angular-material-checkbox.component.ts file add the following code

import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core';
selector: 'app-angular-material-checkbox',
templateUrl: './angular-material-checkbox.component.html',
styleUrls: ['./angular-material-checkbox.component.css']

export class AngularMaterialCheckboxComponent implements OnInit {

IsChecked: boolean;
  IsIndeterminate: boolean;
  LabelAlign: 'after' | 'before';
  IsDisabled: boolean;

  constructor() {
    this.IsChecked = false;
    this.IsIndeterminate = false;
    this.LabelAlign = 'after';
    this.IsDisabled = false;
  ngOnInit() {}

  changeEvent($event) {

  indeterminateEvent($event) {


I declared four variables

  • IsChecked : Used to control angular material checkbox state which is a boolean variable
  • IsIndeterminate : Used to control angular material checkbox Indeterminate which is a boolean variable
  • LabelAlign : Used to control angular material checkbox label alignment which is a string variable
  • IsDisabled: Used to control angular material checkbox disabled state.

And in constructor I am assigning default values to the declared variables.

Now we will use this model,Add the following code in angular-material-checkbox.component.html

<mat-card class="result">

<section class="example-section">

<mat-checkbox class="example-margin"
Angular Material Checkbox Data Binding

I have bound the checked property to our model variable IsChecked, indeterminate property to model IsIndeterminate variable, labelPosition property to LabelAlign variable and disabled property to IsDisabled variable.

And as per the initial values of binding variables the result will be displayed.i.e., The checkbox is unchecked and label will be after the checkbox.

Now we will change our model variables using below <mat-checkbox> and <mat-radio-group> elements as shown below. Add the following code in the same angular-material-checkbox.component.html file


<h2 class="example-h2">Angular Checkbox configuration</h2>
<section class="example-section">
<mat-checkbox class="example-margin" [(ngModel)]="IsChecked">Checked
<mat-checkbox class="example-margin" [(ngModel)]="IsIndeterminate">Indeterminate
<mat-checkbox class="example-margin" [(ngModel)]="IsDisabled">Disabled

<section class="example-section">

<label class="example-margin">Angular Checkbox Alignment:</label>
<mat-radio-group [(ngModel)]="LabelAlign">
<mat-radio-button class="example-margin" value="after">After</mat-radio-button>
<mat-radio-button class="example-margin" value="before">Before</mat-radio-button>

In the Angular Checkbox configuration section we have three angular material checkboxes and for each <mat-checkbox> model variables are bound using [(ngModel)] property.

As <mat-checkbox> can have only two values true or false i.e., checked or unchecked (indeterminate is only for visual purpose).

Whenever we click on <mat-checkbox> corresponding binding variable also changes (as they are boolean variables)

Which results in changing <mat-checkbox> in Result section.

And to change label alignment I have added <mat-radio-group> and added LabelAlign model variable using [(ngModel)].

The radio group has two <mat-radio-button> elements with values after and before.

Whenever we select radio button, corresponding value will be assigned to LabelAlign variable which results in changing <mat-checkbox> in Result section.

Angular material checkbox Basic Example

Angular material checkbox Basic Example

Angular material-checkbox Bind data

Angular material-checkbox Bind data

And if we select both Checked and Indeterminate checkboxes. The checkbox in result section displayed as Indeterminate as explained above.

mat-checkbox checked by default

To set mat-checkbox checked by default we use checked attribute or [ngModel] as shown below.

<mat-checkbox [(ngModel)]="IsChecked">
	<label>Checked by default using ngModel</label>

<mat-checkbox [checked]="IsChecked">
	<label>Checked by default using checked attribute</label>

We can set the IsChecked property to true in constructor.

mat-checkbox change event

<mat-checkbox> provides two kinds of events

  1. change event: triggers when the mat-checkbox’s checked value changes (of type MatCheckboxChange)
  2. indeterminateChange event: triggers when the mat-checkbox’s indeterminate value changes (boolean type)

mat-checkbox checked event

By using change property of mat-checkbox we can track the checked,unchecked states of checkbox.

I have added a method called OnChange()

Which will be triggered when the checkbox checked state changes. It will emit the change event object of type MatCheckboxChange

MatCheckboxChange class

MatCheckboxChange class has two properties, source and checked.

source is nothing but source of the mat-checkbox from which the event triggered.

checked tells whether checkbox is checked i.e.,true or unchecked i.e., false.

See the event emitted by mat-checkbox in console.log();

MatCheckboxChange Class

MatCheckboxChange Class

One thing you need to understand checkbox on change event fires only by user interaction.

But if you set the checked value dynamically change event will not be triggered.

In the above demo, result section checkbox value is driven by  other checkboxes in checkbox configuration section.

In that case change event wont fire as we are changing the value dynamically without user interaction.

So we need to check or uncheck the checkbox in result section to fire the change event by clicking on it.

You can check this behavior in demo.

mat-checkbox Indeterminate Change event

Through mat-checkbox’s  indeterminateChange property we can track the indeterminate state change of checkbox.

I have added a method called OnindeterminateChange() to check this behavior.

It will emit the change event object of type boolean.

As we cannot set indeterminate state by user interaction.indeterminateChange event will be triggered when the value is set dynamically.

mat-checkbox toggle method

We can toggle the checked or unchecked state of mat-checkbox using toggle() method.

 //MatCheckboxChange {checked,MatCheckbox}

If you use toggle method inside on change event, the checkbox state wont change at all, whatever the initial state of checkbox,that will be preserved.

mat-checkbox focus method

We can set the focus of mat-checkbox by using focus() method.

 //MatCheckboxChange {checked,MatCheckbox}

The above code focuses the checkbox whenever on change event triggers.

mat-checkbox StackBlitz demo

Here is the StackBlitz Demo for mat-checkbox.

mat-checkbox is not a known element

<mat-checkbox> is not a known element is a common parse error we will get if we are not configured Angular Material module properly.

Initially we have to import MatCheckboxModule from @angular/Material

And we should export MatCheckboxModule to use it in other modules.

In the above example I have created MaterialModule and i have added MatCheckboxModule in exports array of @NgModule.

import {
} from '@angular/material';





And then I have imported material module in app.module.ts so that I can use Material components across the application

import {FormsModule} from '@angular/forms';
import { MaterialModule } from './material/material.module';
declarations: [
imports: [
bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }

If you miss any one of the step you will get Template parse error: <mat-checkbox> is not a known element

Can’t bind to ngModel since it isn’t a known property of mat-checkbox

While binding data to the <mat-checkbox>  we have to import FormsModule from @angular/forms and should add it in imports array of app.module.ts file.

Other wise we will get this Can’t bind to ngModel since it is not a known property of mat-checkbox template parse error.

In above example i have imported FormsModule from @angular/material

Here is the summary of mat-checkbox properties

Properties of mat-checkbox

Angular Material Checkbox PropertyDescription
Checked : booleanIndicates whether checkbox is checked
Unchecked : BooleanIndicates whether checkbox is unchecked
Indeterminate : BooleanIndicates whether checkbox is indeterminate or we can call it as mixed state
DisabledIndicated whether checkbox is disabled
IdA unique id to represent checkbox elements if nothing is supplied then auto generated
labelPosition : before or afterIndicates whether label should appear before or after the checkbox
Required : BooleanIndicates whether the checkbox is required inside a form
Value:stringIndicates the value of checkbox element
Color:ThemePalatte (primary or accent or warn)Indicates theme color palette of checkbox element
disableRipple : BooleanIndicates whether ripple animation disabled on checkbox element
areaLabel : stringWill be attached ‘area-label’ attribute of checkbox element
ariaLabelledby : string or nullWill be attached ‘area-labelledby’ attribute of checkbox element

Arunkumar Gudelli

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