What is the best way to conditionally apply a class?

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Lets say you have an array that is rendered in a ul with an li for each element and a property on the controller called selectedIndex. What would be the best way to add a class to the li with the index selectedIndex in AngularJS?

I am currently duplicating (by hand) the li code and adding the class to one of the li tags and using ng-show and ng-hide to show only one li per index.

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<div class="col-md-4 text-right">
      <a ng-class="campaign_range === 'thismonth' ? 'btn btn-blue' :  'btn btn-link'" href="#" ng-click='change_range("thismonth")'>This Month</a>
      <a ng-class="campaign_range === 'all' ? 'btn btn-blue' :  'btn btn-link'" href="#" ng-click='change_range("all")'>All Time</a>


$scope.campaign_range = "all";
  $scope.change_range = function(range) { 
        if (range === "all")
            $scope.campaign_range = "all"
            $scope.campaign_range = "thismonth"

Just adding something that worked for me today, after much searching...

<div class="form-group" ng-class="{true: 'has-error'}[ctrl.submitted && myForm.myField.$error.required]">

Hope this assists in your successful development.


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well i would suggest you to check condition in your controller with a function returning true or false .

<div class="week-wrap" ng-class="{today: getTodayForHighLight(todayDate, day.date)}">{{day.date}}</div>

and in your controller check the condition

$scope.getTodayForHighLight = function(today, date){
return (today == date);

The was I recently did that was doing this:

<input type="password"  placeholder="Enter your password"
ng-class="{true: 'form-control isActive', false: 'isNotActive'}[isShowing]">

The isShowing value is a value that is located on my controller that gets toggled with the click of a button and the parts between the single parenthesis are classes I created in my css file.

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Here is another option that works well when ng-class can't be used (for example when styling SVG):

ng-attr-class="{{someBoolean && 'class-when-true' || 'class-when-false' }}"

(I think you need to be on latest unstable Angular to use ng-attr-, I'm currently on 1.1.4)

If you are using angular pre v1.1.5 (i.e. no ternary operator) and you still want an equivalent way to set a value in both conditions you can do something like this:

ng-class="{'class1':item.isReadOnly == false, 'class2':item.isReadOnly == true}"

We can make a function to manage return class with condition

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    angular.module('myapp', [])
            .controller('ExampleController', ['$scope', function ($scope) {
                $scope.MyColors = ['It is Red', 'It is Yellow', 'It is Blue', 'It is Green', 'It is Gray'];
                $scope.getClass = function (strValue) {
                    if (strValue == ("It is Red"))
                        return "Red";
                    else if (strValue == ("It is Yellow"))
                        return "Yellow";
                    else if (strValue == ("It is Blue"))
                        return "Blue";
                    else if (strValue == ("It is Green"))
                        return "Green";
                    else if (strValue == ("It is Gray"))
                        return "Gray";

And then

<body ng-app="myapp" ng-controller="ExampleController">

<h2>AngularJS ng-class if example</h2>
<ul >
    <li ng-repeat="icolor in MyColors" >
        <p ng-class="[getClass(icolor), 'b']">{{icolor}}</p>
<p>Other way using : ng-class="{'class1' : expression1, 'class2' : expression2,'class3':expression2,...}"</p>
    <li ng-repeat="icolor in MyColors">
        <p ng-class="{'Red':icolor=='It is Red','Yellow':icolor=='It is Yellow','Blue':icolor=='It is Blue','Green':icolor=='It is Green','Gray':icolor=='It is Gray'}" class="b">{{icolor}}</p>

You can refer to full code page at ng-class if example

ng-class supports an expression that must evaluate to either

  1. A string of space-delimited class names, or
  2. An array of class names, or
  3. A map/object of class names to boolean values.

So, using form 3) we can simply write

ng-class="{'selected': $index==selectedIndex}"

See also How do I conditionally apply CSS styles in AngularJS? for a broader answer.

Update: Angular 1.1.5 has added support for a ternary operator, so if that construct is more familiar to you:

ng-class="($index==selectedIndex) ? 'selected' : ''"

Ternary operator has just been added to angular parser in 1.1.5.

So the simplest way to do this is now :

ng:class="($index==selectedIndex)? 'selected' : ''"

If you don't want to put CSS class names into Controller like I do, here is an old trick that I use since pre-v1 days. We can write an expression that evaluates directly to a class name selected, no custom directives are necessary:

ng:class="{true:'selected', false:''}[$index==selectedIndex]"

Please note the old syntax with colon.

There is also a new better way of applying classes conditionally, like:

ng-class="{selected: $index==selectedIndex}"

Angular now supports expressions that return an object. Each property (name) of this object is now considered as a class name and is applied depending on its value.

However these ways are not functionally equal. Here is an example:

ng-class="{admin:'enabled', moderator:'disabled', '':'hidden'}[user.role]"

We could therefore reuse existing CSS classes by basically mapping a model property to a class name and at the same time keep CSS classes out of Controller code.

My favorite method is using the ternary expression.

ng-class="condition ? 'trueClass' : 'falseClass'"

Note: Incase you're using a older version of Angular you should use this instead,

ng-class="condition && 'trueClass' || 'falseClass'"

This is in my work multiple conditionally judge:

<li ng-repeat='eOption in exam.examOptions' ng-class="exam.examTitle.ANSWER_COM==exam.examTitle.RIGHT_ANSWER?(eOption.eoSequence==exam.examTitle.ANSWER_COM?'right':''):eOption.eoSequence==exam.examTitle.ANSWER_COM?'wrong':eOption.eoSequence==exam.examTitle.RIGHT_ANSWER?'right':''">
  <strong>{{eOption.eoSequence}}</strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;|&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
  <span ng-bind-html="eOption.eoName | to_trusted">2020 ?</span>

It works properly ;)

<ul class="nav nav-pills" ng-init="selectedType = 'return'">
    <li role="presentation" ng-class="{'active':selectedType === 'return'}"
        ng-click="selectedType = 'return'"><a href="#return">return

    <li role="presentation" ng-class="{'active':selectedType === 'oneway'}"
        ng-click="selectedType = 'oneway'"><a href="#oneway">oneway

This will probably get downvoted to oblivion, but here is how I used 1.1.5's ternary operators to switch classes depending on whether a row in a table is the first, middle or last -- except if there is only one row in the table:

<span class="attribute-row" ng-class="(restaurant.Attributes.length === 1) || ($first ? 'attribute-first-row': false || $middle ? 'attribute-middle-row': false || $last ? 'attribute-last-row': false)">

I am new to Angular but have found this to solve my issue:

<i class="icon-download" ng-click="showDetails = ! showDetails" ng-class="{'icon-upload': showDetails}"></i>

This will conditionally apply a class based on a var. It starts off with a icon-download as a default, the using ng-class, I check the status of showDetails if true/false and apply class icon-upload. Its working great.

Hope it helps.

Here is a much simpler solution:

function MyControl($scope){
    $scope.values = ["a","b","c","d","e","f"];
    $scope.selectedIndex = -1;
    $scope.toggleSelect = function(ind){
        if( ind === $scope.selectedIndex ){
            $scope.selectedIndex = -1;
        } else{
            $scope.selectedIndex = ind;
    $scope.getClass = function(ind){
        if( ind === $scope.selectedIndex ){
            return "selected";
        } else{
            return "";
    $scope.getButtonLabel = function(ind){
        if( ind === $scope.selectedIndex ){
            return "Deselect";
        } else{
            return "Select";
.selected {
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.0.1/angular.min.js"></script>
<div ng-app ng-controller="MyControl">
        <li ng-class="getClass($index)" ng-repeat="value in values" >{{value}} <button ng-click="toggleSelect($index)">{{getButtonLabel($index)}}</button></li>
    <p>Selected: {{selectedIndex}}</p>

If you want to go beyond binary evaluation and keep your CSS out of your controller you can implement a simple filter that evaluates the input against a map object:

angular.module('myApp.filters, [])
  .filter('switch', function () { 
      return function (input, map) {
          return map[input] || '';

This allows you to write your markup like this:

<div ng-class="muppets.star|switch:{'Kermit':'green', 'Miss Piggy': 'pink', 'Animal': 'loud'}">

Check http://www.codinginsight.com/angularjs-if-else-statement/

The infamous angularjs if else statement!!! When I started using Angularjs, I was a bit surprised that I couldn’t find an if/else statement.

So I was working on a project and I noticed that when using the if/else statement, the condition shows while loading. You can use ng-cloak to fix this.

<div class="ng-cloak">
 <p ng-show="statement">Show this line</span>
 <p ng-hide="statement">Show this line instead</span>

.ng-cloak { display: none }

Thanks amadou

If you having a common class that is applied to many elements you can create a custom directive that will add that class like ng-show/ng-hide.

This directive will add the class 'active' to the button if it's clicked

module.directive('ngActive',  ['$animate', function($animate) {
  return function(scope, element, attr) {
    scope.$watch(attr.ngActive, function ngActiveWatchAction(value){
      $animate[value ? 'addClass' : 'removeClass'](element, 'active');

More info

I faced a similar problem recently and decided to just create a conditional filter:

angular.module('myFilters', []).
     * "if" filter
     * Simple filter useful for conditionally applying CSS classes and decouple
     * view from controller 
    filter('if', function() {
      return function(input, value) {
        if (typeof(input) === 'string') {
          input = [input, ''];
        return value? input[0] : input[1];

It takes a single argument, which is either a 2-element array or a string, which gets turned into an array that is appended an empty string as the second element:

<li ng-repeat="item in products | filter:search | orderBy:orderProp |
  page:pageNum:pageLength" ng-class="'opened'|if:isOpen(item)">

I'll add to this, because some of these answers seem out of date. Here's how I do it:


Where 'isSelected' is a javascript variable defined within the scoped angular controller.

To more specifically address your question, here's how you might generate a list with that:


<div ng-controller="ListCtrl">  
    <li class="ng-class:item.isSelected" ng-repeat="item in list">   


function ListCtrl($scope) {    
    $scope.list = [  
        {"name": "Item 1", "isSelected": "active"},  
        {"name": "Item 2", "isSelected": ""}

See: http://jsfiddle.net/tTfWM/

See: http://docs.angularjs.org/api/ng.directive:ngClass

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