Sharing modules

Creating shared modules allows you to organize and streamline your code. You can put commonly used directives, pipes, and components into one module and then import just that module wherever you need it in other parts of your application.

Consider the following module from an imaginary app:

import { CommonModule } from '@angular/common';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { FormsModule } from '@angular/forms';
import { CustomerComponent } from './customer.component';
import { NewItemDirective } from './new-item.directive';
import { OrdersPipe } from './orders.pipe';
imports: [CommonModule],
declarations: [
exports: [
export class SharedModule { }

Notice the following:

  • It imports the CommonModule because the module's component needs common directives
  • It declares and exports the utility pipe, directive, and component classes
  • It re-exports the CommonModule and FormsModule

By re-exporting CommonModule and FormsModule, any other module that imports this SharedModule, gets access to directives like NgIf and NgFor from CommonModule and can bind to component properties with [(ngModel)], a directive in the FormsModule.

Even though the components declared by SharedModule might not bind with [(ngModel)] and there may be no need for SharedModule to import FormsModule, SharedModule can still export FormsModule without listing it among its imports. This way, you can give other modules access to FormsModule without having to make it available for itself.

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