The igx-tabs component in Ignite UI for Angular is used to organize or switch between similar data sets. It functions as a wrapper for igx-tab-item and igx-tabs-group, as these respectively represent the container for the data and the tab header. The tabs component places tabs at the top and allows scrolling when there are multiple tab items on the screen.



First, we need to import the IgxTabsModule in the app.module.ts file.

// app.module.ts

import { IgxTabsModule } from 'igniteui-angular';

    imports: [..., IgxTabsModule],
export class AppModule {}

We set the names of tabs using the label attribute. Any content provided between the opening and closing igx-tabs-group tags will appear in the respective tab group as content.

  <igx-tabs-group label="Tab 1">This is Tab 1 content.</igx-tabs-group>
  <igx-tabs-group label="Tab 2">This is Tab 2 content.</igx-tabs-group>
  <igx-tabs-group label="Tab 3">This is Tab 3 content.</igx-tabs-group>
  <igx-tabs-group label="Tab 4">This is Tab 4 content.</igx-tabs-group>
  <igx-tabs-group label="Tab 5">This is Tab 5 content.</igx-tabs-group>

If the sample is configured properly, the final result should look like that:

Tabs Types

There are two types of tabs - fixed and contentfit. Set the type input to choose between fixed and contentfit tabs.

  • Content-fit tabs (default): the width of the tab header depends on the content (label, icon, both) and all tabs have equal padding. No matter what type of tabs you chose, the width of the tab header is limited by the specified min and max width.
  • Fixed tabs: all tab headers are equal in width and fully fit the tabs container. If the space is not enough to fit all items, scroll buttons are displayed.
    <igx-tabs-group label="Home">Home content.</igx-tabs-group>
    <igx-tabs-group label="Recent Contacts">Recent contacts list.</igx-tabs-group>
    <igx-tabs-group label="More">More detailed contact information.</igx-tabs-group>

  <igx-tabs tabsType="fixed">
    <igx-tabs-group label="Home">Home content.</igx-tabs-group>
    <igx-tabs-group label="Recent Contacts">Recent contacts list.</igx-tabs-group>
    <igx-tabs-group label="More">More detailed contact information.</igx-tabs-group>

Customizing Tabs

Let's modify the tabs and make them more appealing by including icons using the icon input. The igx-tabs component is compatible with the Material Design Icons so it will be very easy to adopt them in your application.

First add the Material Icons in your 'styles.scss' file in the main application folder.

// styles.scss

@import url('');
  <igx-tabs-group label="Albums" icon="library_music">

  <igx-tabs-group label="Songs" icon="favorite">

  <igx-tabs-group label="Details" icon="info">

If the sample is configured properly, the tabs should look like the following example:

If changing the labels and icons is not enough, you can also provide your own template by utilizing the IgxTabItemTemplateDirective for each tab header.

        <ng-template igxTab>
                <!-- your custom tab content goes here -->
        <h1>Tab content</h1>

Integration With Router Outlet Container

Although the igx-tabs component is meant to be used as a list of tabs with content specified for each tab group, there might be cases in which you need to define tab items where the content is separate from the tab group.


Keep in mind that the tab items definition mode does not support any content in the tab group - the component renders the tab item strip only. The component also does not support mixing of tab item definitions and group definitions at the same time.

When defining tab items you have the ability to apply directives to them. For example, you may use this functionality to achieve navigation between views using the Angular Router. The following example will demonstrate how to configure the igx-tabs component to switch between three components in a single router-outlet.

To start we need a component to hold our igx-tabs component and three view components with some content for demonstration purposes. For simplicity, the view components have very short templates.

import { Component } from "@angular/core";

    selector: "app-tabs-routing",
    styleUrls: ["tabs-routing.component.scss"],
    templateUrl: "tabs-routing.component.html"
export class TabsRoutingComponent { }

    template: "<p>Tab 1 Content</p>"
export class TabsRoutingView1Component { }

    template: "<p>Tab 2 Content</p>"
export class TabsRoutingView2Component { }

    template: "<p>Tab 3 Content</p>"
export class TabsRoutingView3Component { }

Next, we create the appropriate navigation mappings in the app-routing.module.ts file:

import { RouterModule, Routes } from "@angular/router";

import {
} from './tabs-routing.component';


const routes: Routes = [
        path: '',
        pathMatch: 'full',
        redirectTo: '/tabs-routing'
        path: 'tabs-routing',
        component: TabsRoutingComponent,
        children: [
            { path: 'view1', component: TabsRoutingView1Component },
            { path: 'view2', component: TabsRoutingView2Component },
            { path: 'view3', component: TabsRoutingView3Component },

    exports: [RouterModule],
    imports: [RouterModule.forRoot(appRoutes)]
export class AppRoutingModule { }

Now that we have all navigation routes set up, we need to declare the igx-tabs component and configure it for routing. Make sure to add a router-outlet for rendering the view components.

<!-- tabs-routing.component.html -->

    label="Tab 1" 

    label="Tab 2" 

    label="Tab 3" 


The above code creates an igx-tabs component with three tab items. All tab items have the RouterLink directive applied, which is used to specify the routing link used for the navigation. If any of the links becomes active, the corresponding tab item will have its isSelected property set because of the binding to the RouterLinkActive directive's isActive property. This way the selected tab item will always be synchronized with the current url path.


To get started with styling the tabs, we need to import the theming module, where all the theme functions and component mixins live:

@import '~igniteui-angular/lib/core/styles/themes/index';

Following the simplest approach, we create a new theme that extends the igx-tabs-theme and accepts various properties that allow us to style the tab groups.

$dark-tabs: igx-tabs-theme(
    $item-text-color: #F4D45C,
    $item-background: #292826,
    $item-hover-background: #F4D45C,
    $item-hover-color: #292826,
    $item-active-color: #F4D45C,
    $item-active-icon-color: #F4D45C,
    $indicator-color: #F4D45C,
    $tab-ripple-color: #F4D45C

If we take a look at the igx-tabs-theme, we will notice that there are even more properties available to us in order to style our tabs.


In order to style any component used as part of a tab group content, additional themes should be created specific to the respective component.

The last step is to include the component theme in our application.

@include igx-css-vars($dark-tabs);

If you are targeting browsers that don't support CSS variables, like IE 11, you can use the theme component mixin to overwrite its default theme:

:host {
  ::ng-deep {
    @include igx-tabs($dark-tabs);

Palettes & Colors

Instead of hardcoding the color values, like we just did, we can achieve greater flexibility in terms of colors by using the igx-palette and igx-color functions.

igx-palette generates a color palette based on the primary and secondary colors that are passed:

$yellow-color: #F4D45C;
$black-color: #292826;

$dark-palette: igx-palette(
  $primary: $black-color, 
  $secondary: $yellow-color, 
  $grays: #fff

We can easily retrieve any color from the palette using igx-color.

$dark-tabs: igx-tabs-theme(
    $palette: $dark-palette,
    $item-text-color: igx-color($dark-palette, "secondary", 400),
    $item-background: igx-color($dark-palette, "primary", 400),
    $item-hover-background: igx-color($dark-palette, "secondary", 400),
    $item-hover-color: igx-color($dark-palette, "primary", 400),
    $item-active-color: igx-color($dark-palette, "secondary", 400),
    $item-active-icon-color: igx-color($dark-palette, "secondary", 400),
    $indicator-color: igx-color($dark-palette, "secondary", 400),
    $tab-ripple-color: igx-color($dark-palette, "secondary", 400)

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