Solution: mat-form-field must contain a MatFormFieldControl error in Angular

If you are using Angular material in your project and if you have any forms in the application then you must be using Angular Material Form Field Component <mat-form-field> from MatFormFieldModule

And of the common error that we usually get is while working with Angular Material Form Field is: mat-form-field must contain a MatFormFieldControl.

In this article we will see how to fix “mat-form-field must contain a MatFormFieldControl” error.

What is form field and form field controls?

<mat-form-field> is a component used to wrap several Angular Material components and apply common Text field styles such as the underline, floating label, and hint messages.

The elements like <input> or <textarea>, which are placed inside mat-form-field acts as form field controls.

Solution: mat-form-field must contain a MatFormFieldControl

This error usually occurs in 4 scenarios when we missed to import module for specific component.

Problem 1: MatInputModule or MatFormFieldModule is not imported in AppModule

import MatInputModule and MatFormFieldModule inside module i.e. app.module.ts so that we can use all the component from that module across the application.

import { MatInputModule } from '@angular/material/input'; import { MatFormFieldModule } from "@angular/material/form-field"; //other imports @NgModule({ imports: [ MatFormFieldModule, MatInputModule ... ... ] }) export class AppModule { }

Problem 2: matInput – spellings mistake / forget to add

Make sure that you have added matInput and it is case-sensitive so check if there’s any spelling mistake or not.

Won’t work

<mat-form-field> <input type="text" placeholder="Input"> </mat-form-field>

Will Work

<mat-form-field> <input matinput="" type="text" placeholder="Input"> </mat-form-field>

Problem 3: mat-form-field control input should not contain *ngIf

Make sure that you don’t have any condition on input tag that is going to be false in any case because mat-form-field looks for matInput inside it. Instead put *ngIf on mat-form-field tag.

Won’t work

<mat-form-field> <input matinput="" *ngif="condition"> </mat-form-field>

Will Work

<mat-form-field> <input matinput=""> </mat-form-field>

Problem 4: Still compiler giving ERROR

If angular compiler is still giving an error after applying solution of all of the above given problems then you must try with restarting the app using the following command.

ng serve


To fix mat-form-field must contain a MatFormFieldControl error check if you are missing any of the below steps.

  1. Import MatInputModule and MatFormFieldModule
  2. Add matInput directive to the mat-form-field control. i.e., input or textarea
  3. Check matInput spelling or forgot to add.
  4. Make sure you don’t use *ngIf on mat-form-field control instead use it on mat-form-field element

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