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Angular nested form groups

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In this video we will discuss nested form groups in a reactive form. Along the way, we will also discuss working with radio buttons in a reactive form.

Let's understand, creating nested form groups with an example

angular nested form groups

In addition to fullName and email, we want to add the following 3 fields to "Create Employee" form.
  • Skill Name
  • Experience in Years
  • Proficiency
What we want to be able to ultimately do is add multiple skills dynamically at run time, by clicking "Add a new skill" button.

angular reactive forms nested form groups

When the button is clicked, we want to dynamically add another set of skill related fields i.e 
  • Skill Name
  • Experience in Years and
  • Proficiency
Also, another additional requirement is to keep "Add a new skill" button disabled, until all the skill related fields are properly filled and valid.

So in short, the requirement is to dynamically create a group of form fields and also validate them as a single group so "Add a new skill" button can be enabled or disabled based on the validation state of the group. This can be very easily achieved using a nested form group. So, first let's create a nested form group for skill related fields in the component class.

Step 1: Creating a nested form group in the component class : Form groups can accept both form control and form group instances as children. This allows us to create a nested form group. Modify the code in ngOnInit() life cycle hook as shown below.

ngOnInit() {
  this.employeeForm = new FormGroup({
    fullName: new FormControl(),
    email: new FormControl(),
    // Create skills form group
    skills: new FormGroup({
      skillName: new FormControl(),
      experienceInYears: new FormControl(),
      proficiency: new FormControl()

Notice we have created a nested form group with key - skills. This nested form group contains 3 form controls.
  • skillName,
  • experienceInYears and
  • proficiency
Step 2: Grouping the nested form in the template : To group the form elements in the HTML, encapsulate the form elements in a <div> element and use the formGroupName directive on that container <div> element. Bind the formGroupName directive to the skills FormGroup instance in the component class. Bind each input element in the HTML, to the corresponding FormControl instance using the formControlName directive.

<div formGroupName="skills">

  <div class="form-group">
    <label class="col-sm-2 control-label" for="skillName">
    <div class="col-sm-4">
      <input type="text" class="form-control" id="skillName"
          placeholder="Name" formControlName="skillName">
    <div class="col-sm-4">
      <input type="text" placeholder="Experience in Years"
          class="form-control" formControlName="experienceInYears">

  <div class="form-group">
    <label class="col-md-2 control-label">Proficiency</label>
    <div class="col-md-8">
      <label class="radio-inline">
        <input id="proficiency" type="radio" value="beginner"
      <label class="radio-inline">
        <input id="proficiency" type="radio" value="intermediate"
      <label class="radio-inline">
        <input id="proficiency" type="radio" value="advanced"


At this point, save all the changes and when you fill out the form.

angular access nested formgroup

skills nested formgroup value is reflected on the page. 

get value from nested formgroup

Please note : If you do not see the nested formgroup value displayed, make sure you have the following in the template after the closing <form> element.
Form Values : {{employeeForm.value}}

In our upcoming sessions we will discuss, form validation and dynamically adding form controls.

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  1. please help me to sort out this error: uncaught Error: Bootstrap's JavaScript requires jQuery

    1. you probably forgot to install jQuery with npm. I believe that the first tutorial in the series mentioned it was necessary. In your package.json file, check if "dependencies" contain "jquery". if not npm install jquery.


  2. Dear Venkat,
    Thanks for the nice tutorial.

    But, where is the code to add new skills (Subgroup) to the employeeForm each time the user clicks "Add a new Skill" button

    1. it is explained in the next tutorial


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