Single Select ComboBox

    The Angular Simple ComboBox component is a modification of ComboBox component that allows single selection. Simple combobox is an editable input that allows users to choose an option from a predefined list of items. The Ignite UI for Angular Simple ComboBox Component provides also filtering capabilities, selections of items, grouping and adding custom values to a dropdown list. It can be used as an alternative to the HTML select tag and has several out-of-the-box features such as data binding (local and remote), filtering, grouping, custom templates, custom values, and more.

    Angular Simple ComboBox Example

    In this Angular Simple ComboBox example, you can see how users can select the chart's trend line type. In addition, the Simple ComboBox exposes keyboard navigation and custom styling capabilities.

    Angular Simple ComboBox Features

    The simple combobox control exposes the following features:

    • Data Binding - local data and remote data
    • Value Binding
    • Filtering
    • Grouping
    • Custom Values
    • Templates
    • Integration with Template Driven Forms and Reactive Forms


    To get started with the Simple ComboBox component, first you need to import the IgxSimpleComboModule in your app.module.ts file:

    import { IgxSimpleComboModule } from 'igniteui-angular';
        imports: [
    export class AppModule {}

    Then, in the template, you should bind the igx-simple-combo to some data.

    export class MySimpleComboComponent implements OnInit {
        public cities: City[];
        public ngOnInit() {
            this.cities = getCitiesByPopulation(10000000);
    <igx-simple-combo [data]="cities"></igx-simple-combo>

    Our simple combobox is now bound to the array of cities.

    Data value and display properties

    Since the simple combobox is bound to an array of complex data (i.e. objects), we need to specify a property that the control will use to handle the selected items. The control exposes two @Input properties - valueKey and displayKey:

    • valueKey - Optional, recommended for object arrays - Specifies which property of the data entries will be stored for the simple combobox's selection. If valueKey is omitted, the simple combobox value will use references to the data entries (i.e. the selection will be an array of entries from
    • displayKey - Required for object arrays - Specifies which property will be used for the items' text. If no value is specified for displayKey, the simple combobox will use the specified valueKey (if any).

    In our case, we want the simple combobox to display the name of each city and its value to store the id of each city. Therefore, we are binding these properties as values to the simple combobox's displayKey and valueKey, respectively:

    <igx-simple-combo [data]="cities" [displayKey]="'name'" [valueKey]="'id'"></igx-simple-combo>

    When the data source is comprised of a simple type (e.g. string[], number[]), do not specify a valueKey and displayKey.

    Two-Way Binding

    The simple combobox component fully supports two-way data-binding with [(ngModel)] as well as usage in template driven and reactive forms. The simple combobox selection can be accessed either through two-way binding or through the selection API. We can pass in an item of the same type as the ones in the simple combobox's selection (based on valueKey) and any time one changes, the other is updated accordingly.

    In the following example, the first city in the provided data will initially be selected. Any further changes in the simple combobox's selection will reflect on the selectedCities.

    <igx-simple-combo [data]="cities" [(ngModel)]="selectedCity" [displayKey]="'name'" [valueKey]="'id'"></igx-simple-combo>
    export class MySimpleComboComponent implements OnInit {
        public cities: City[];
        public selectedCity: number;
        public ngOnInit(): void {
            this.cities = getCitiesByPopulation(10000000);
            this.selectedCity = this.cities[0].id;

    Two-way binding can also be achieved without a specified valueKey. For example, if valueKey is omitted, the bound model will look like this:

    export class MySimpleComboComponent {
        public cities: City[] = [
                       { name: 'Sofia', id: '1' }, { name: 'London', id: '2' }, ...];
        public selectedCity: City = this.cities[0];

    Selection API

    The simple combobox component exposes API that allows getting and manipulating the current selection state of the control.

    One way to get its selection is via the selection property. It returns a value which corresponds to the selected item, depending on the specified valueKey (if any).

    In our example, selection will return the selected city's id:

    export class MySimpleComboComponent {
        public selection: string = this.simpleCombo.selection;

    Using the selection API, you can also change the simple combobox's selected item without user interaction with the control - via a button click, as a response to an Observable changing, etc. For example, we can implement a button that selects a city, using the select method:

    <igx-simple-combo [data]="cities" [displayKey]="'name'" [valueKey]="'id'"></igx-simple-combo>
    <button igxButton (click)="selectFavorite()">Select Favorite</button>

    When the button is clicked, London will be added to the simple combobox's selection:

    export class MySimpleComboComponent {
        @ViewChild(IgxSimpleComboComponent, { read: IgxSimpleComboComponent, static: true })
        public simpleCombo: IgxSimpleComboComponent;
        selectFavorites(): void {

    The simple combobox also fires an event every time its selection changes - selectionChanging. The emitted event arguments, ISimpleComboSelectionChangingEventArgs, contain information about the selection prior to the change, the current selection and the displayed item. The event can also be cancelled, preventing the selection from taking place.

    Binding to the event can be done through the proper @Output property on the igx-simple-combo tag:

    <igx-simple-combo [data]="cities" [displayKey]="'name'" [valueKey]="'id'"

    Keyboard Navigation

    When the simple combobox is closed and focused:

    • ArrowDown or Alt + ArrowDown will open the simple combobox's dropdown.

    Any other key stroke will be handled by the input.

    When the simple combobox is opened and an item in the list is focused:

    • ArrowDown will move to the next list item. If the active item is the last one in the list and custom values are enabled, the focus will be moved to the Add item button.

    • ArrowUp will move to the previous list item. If the active item is the first one in the list, the list will be closed.

    • End will move to the last list item.

    • Home will move to the first list item.

    • Space will select/deselect the active list item.

    • Enter will select/deselect the active list item and will close the list.

    • Esc will close the list.

    When the simple combobox is opened and allow custom values are enabled, and add item button is focused:

    • Enter will add a new item with valueKey and displayKey equal to the text in the search input and will select the new item.

    • ArrowUp focus will be moved back to the last list item or if the list is empty, will close the list.

    Cascading Scenario

    The following sample demonstrates a scenario where the igx-simple-combo is used:

    Template Configuration

    The API of the simple combobox is used to get the selected item from one component and load the data source for the next one, as well as clear the selection and data source when needed.

    <igx-simple-combo #country
        placeholder="Choose Country..."
    <igx-simple-combo #region
        placeholder="Choose Region..."
        [disabled]="regionData.length === 0">
    <igx-simple-combo #city
        placeholder="Choose City..."
        [disabled]="citiesData.length === 0">

    Component Definition

    export class SimpleComboCascadingComponent implements OnInit {
        public selectedCountry: Country;
        public selectedRegion: Region;
        public selectedCity: City;
        public countriesData: Country[];
        public regionData: Region[] = [];
        public citiesData: City[] = [];
        public ngOnInit(): void {
            this.countriesData = getCountries(['United States', 'Japan', 'United Kingdom']);
        public countryChanging(e: ISimpleComboSelectionChangingEventArgs) {
            this.selectedCountry = e.newSelection as Country;
            this.regionData = getCitiesByCountry([this.selectedCountry?.name])
                .map(c => ({name: c.region, country:}))
                .filter((v, i, a) => a.findIndex(r => === === i);
            this.selectedRegion = null;
            this.selectedCity = null;
            this.citiesData = [];
        public regionChanging(e: ISimpleComboSelectionChangingEventArgs) {
            this.selectedRegion = e.newSelection as Region;
            this.citiesData = getCitiesByCountry([this.selectedCountry?.name])
                .filter(c => c.region === this.selectedRegion?.name);
            this.selectedCity = null;

    Angular Simple ComboBox Styling

    Using the Ignite UI for Angular Theming, we can greatly alter the simple combobox appearance. First, in order for us to use the functions exposed by the theme engine, we need to import the index file in our style file:

    @use 'igniteui-angular/theming' as *;

    Following the simplest approach, we create a new theme that extends the igx-combo-theme and accepts the $empty-list-background parameter:

    $custom-simple-combo-theme: igx-combo-theme(
        $empty-list-background: #1a5214

    The IgxSimpleComboComponent uses the IgxDropDownComponent internally as an item container. It also includes the IgxInputGroup component. Creating new themes, that extend these components' themes, and scoping them under the respective classes will let's you change the simple combobox styles:

    $custom-drop-down-theme: igx-drop-down-theme(
        $background-color: #d9f5d6,
        $header-text-color: #1a5214,
        $item-text-color: #1a5214,
        $focused-item-background: #72da67,
        $focused-item-text-color: #1a5214,
        $hover-item-background: #a0e698,
        $hover-item-text-color: #1a5214,
        $selected-item-background: #a0e698,
        $selected-item-text-color: #1a5214,
        $selected-hover-item-background: #72da67,
        $selected-hover-item-text-color: #1a5214,
        $selected-focus-item-background: #72da67,
        $selected-focus-item-text-color: #1a5214,

    The last step is to include the component's theme.

    :host ::ng-deep {
        @include igx-css-vars($custom-combo-theme);
        @include igx-css-vars($custom-drop-down-theme);

    The IgxSimpleCombo component uses the IgxOverlay service to hold and display the simple combobox items list container. To properly scope your styles you might have to use an OverlaySetting.outlet. For more details check the IgxOverlay Styling Guide.


    The default type of the IgxSimpleCombo is box unlike the IgxSelect where it is line.


    Known Issues

    • The simple combobox does not have input for sizing its height. In the future, the IgxInputGroup component will expose an option that allows custom sizing, and then the IgxSimpleCombo will use the same functionality for proper styling and better consistency.

    The simple combobox uses igxForOf directive internally hence all igxForOf limitations are valid for the simple combobox. For more details see igxForOf Known Issues section.

    API Summary

    Additional components and/or directives with relative APIs that were used:

    Theming Dependencies

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