Angular – Use component from another module


I have Angular 2.0.0 app generated with angular-cli.

When I create a component and add it to AppModule's declarations array it's all good, it works.

I decided to separate the components, so I created a TaskModule and a component TaskCard. Now I want to use the TaskCard in one of the components of the AppModule (the Board component).


import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { FormsModule } from '@angular/forms';
import { HttpModule } from '@angular/http';

import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { BoardComponent } from './board/board.component';
import { LoginComponent } from './login/login.component';

import { MdButtonModule } from '@angular2-material/button';
import { MdInputModule } from '@angular2-material/input';
import { MdToolbarModule } from '@angular2-material/toolbar';

import { routing, appRoutingProviders} from './app.routing';
import { PageNotFoundComponent } from './page-not-found/page-not-found.component';

import { UserService  } from './services/user/user.service';
import { TaskModule } from './task/task.module';

  declarations: [
    BoardComponent,// I want to use TaskCard in this component
  imports: [
    TaskModule // TaskCard is in this module
  providers: [UserService],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }


import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { TaskCardComponent } from './task-card/task-card.component';

import { MdCardModule } from '@angular2-material/card';

  declarations: [TaskCardComponent],
  imports: [MdCardModule],
  providers: []
export class TaskModule{}

The whole project is available on (kanban-board folder)

What am I missing? What do I have to do to use TaskCardComponent in BoardComponent?

Best Solution

The main rule here is that:

The selectors which are applicable during compilation of a component template are determined by the module that declares that component, and the transitive closure of the exports of that module's imports.

So, try to export it:

  declarations: [TaskCardComponent],
  imports: [MdCardModule],
  exports: [TaskCardComponent] // <== export the component you want to use in another module
export class TaskModule{}

What should I export?

Export declarable classes that components in other modules should be able to reference in their templates. These are your public classes. If you don't export a class, it stays private, visible only to other component declared in this module.

The minute you create a new module, lazy or not, any new module and you declare anything into it, that new module has a clean state(as Ward Bell said in

Angular creates transitive module for each of @NgModules.

This module collects directives that either imported from another module(if transitive module of imported module has exported directives) or declared in current module.

When angular compiles template that belongs to module X it is used those directives that had been collected in X.transitiveModule.directives.

compiledTemplate = new CompiledTemplate(
    false, compMeta.type, compMeta, ngModule, ngModule.transitiveModule.directives);

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This way according to the picture above

  • YComponent can't use ZComponent in its template because directives array of Transitive module Y doesn't contain ZComponent because YModule has not imported ZModule whose transitive module contains ZComponent in exportedDirectives array.

  • Within XComponent template we can use ZComponent because Transitive module X has directives array that contains ZComponent because XModule imports module (YModule) that exports module (ZModule) that exports directive ZComponent

  • Within AppComponent template we can't use XComponent because AppModule imports XModule but XModule doesn't exports XComponent.

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