Angular 2 How to Use ngif


*NgIf: It removes or recreates a part of DOM tree depending on an expression evaluation. It is a structural directive and structural directives alter the layout of the DOM by adding, replacing and removing its elements.


  • <div *ngIf="false"> test </div> <!-- evaluates to false -->
  • <div *ngIf="undefined"> test </div> <!-- evaluates to false -->
  • <div *ngIf="null"> test </div> <!-- evaluates to false -->
  • <div *ngIf="0"> test </div> <!-- evaluates to false -->
  • <div *ngIf="NaN"> test </div> <!-- evaluates to false -->
  • <div *ngIf=""> test </div> <!-- evaluates to false -->
  • All other values evaluate to true.

Display a loading message

If our component is not ready and waiting for data from server, then we can add loader using *ngIf. Steps:

First declare a boolean:

loading: boolean = false;

Next, in your component add a lifecycle hook called ngOnInit

ngOnInit() {
   this.loading = true;

and after you get complete data from server set you loading boolean to false.


In your html template use *ngIf with the loading property:

<div *ngIf="loading" class="progress">
   <div class="progress-bar info" style="width: 125%;"></div>

Show Alert Message on a condition

<p class="alert alert-success" *ngIf="names.length > 2">Currently there are more than 2 names!</p>

To run a function at the start or end of *ngFor loop Using *ngIf

NgFor provides Some values that can be aliased to local variables

  • index -(variable) position of the current item in the iterable starting at 0
  • first -(boolean) true if the current item is the first item in the iterable
  • last -(boolean) true if the current item is the last item in the iterable
  • even -(boolean) true if the current index is an even number
  • odd -(boolean) true if the current index is an odd number
<div *ngFor="let note of csvdata; let i=index; let lastcall=last">
      <h3>{{i}}</h3> <-- to show index position
      <span *ngIf="lastcall">{{anyfunction()}} </span><-- this lastcall boolean value will be true only if this is last in loop
      // anyfunction() will run at the end of loop same way we can do at start

Use *ngIf with*ngFor

While you are not allowed to use *ngIf and *ngFor in the same div (it will gives an error in the runtime) you can nest the *ngIf in the *ngFor to get the desired behavior.

Example 1: General syntax

<div *ngFor="let item of items; let i = index">
  <div *ngIf="<your condition here>">

   <!-- Execute code here if statement true -->


Example 2: Display elements with even index

<div *ngFor="let item of items; let i = index">
  <div *ngIf="i % 2 == 0">
    {{ item }}

The downside is that an additional outer div element needs to be added.

But consider this use case where a div element needs to be iterated (using *ngFor) and also includes a check whether the element need to be removed or not (using *ngIf), but adding an additional div is not preferred. In this case you can use the template tag for the *ngFor:

<template ngFor let-item [ngForOf]="items">
    <div *ngIf="item.price > 100">

This way adding an additional outer div is not needed and furthermore the <template> element won't be added to the DOM. The only elements added in the DOM from the above example are the iterated div elements.

Note: In Angular v4 <template> has been deprecated in favour of <ng-template> and will be removed in v5. In Angular v2.x releases <template> is still valid.