How to build Reactive Forms in Angular2

When building forms using the Reactive approach the component class is in charge.

In order to implement this we have to:

  1. Create a property for the root FormGroup.
  2. Create the FormGroup instance.
  3. Pass in each FormControl instance.

Here is an example of how to implement this using typescript:

ngOnInit():  void(){

this.contactForm = new FormGroup({

firstName: new FormControl(),

lastName: new FormControl(),

email: new FormControl(),

sendCatalog: new FormControl(true),



The above code is not very efficient.  We can optimize it using the FormBuilder.

In order to use the FormBuilder, we have to do the following:

  1. Import FormBuilder.
  2. Inject the FormBuilder Instance.
  3. Use the FormBuilder instance.

ngOnInit():  void(){

this.contactForm ={

firstName: ”,

lastName: ”,

email: ”,

sendCatalog: true,



Before we can use the FormBuilder, we have to pull them into our Angular Module.

We have to do the following:

  1. Import the ReactiveFormsModule
  2. Add ReactiveFormsModule to the imports array.


imports: [








bootstrap: [AppComponent]


export class AppModule  {}

The next step would be to bind the form element to the FormGroup property.

<form class=’form-horizon’ (ngSubmit)=”save()” [formGroup] = “ccontactForm”>

The second step is to bind each input element to its associated FormControl:

<input class=”form-control” id=”firstNameId” type=”text” placeholder=”First Name (required)” formControlName=”firstName” />

After doing all of this we now have a fully functioning reactive control!



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