Using GoJS with Angular

Examples of most of the topics discussed on this page can be found in the gojs-angular-basic project, which serves as a simple starter project.

If you are new to GoJS, it may be helpful to first visit the Getting Started Tutorial.

The easiest way to get a component set up for a GoJS Diagram is to use the gojs-angular package, which exports Angular Components for GoJS Diagrams, Palettes, and Overviews. More information about the package, including the various props it takes, can be found on the NPM page. Our examples will be using a GraphLinksModel, but any model can be used.

You can see a sample project using all GoJS / Angular Components here.

General Information


To use the published components, make sure you install GoJS and gojs-angular: npm install gojs gojs-angular.

About Component Styling

Whether you are using the published Diagram, Palette, or Overview Angular / GoJS Components, you will probably want to style them. First, you'll need to style a CSS class for the div of your GoJS Diagram / Palette / Overview such as:

/* app.component.css */
.myDiagramDiv {
  background: whitesmoke;
  width: 800px;
  height: 300px;
  border: 1px solid black;

To style the GoJS Diagram / Palette / Overivew div, which will reside in the Angular / GoJS Component(s) you are using, make sure you set encapsulation: ViewEncapsulation.None in the @Component decorator of the component holding your Angular / GoJS Component(s). Without this, your styling will not effect the component divs. Read more about Angular view encapsulation here.

Your @Component decorator for the component holding the your GoJS / Angular Component(s) should look something like:

  selector: 'app-root',
  templateUrl: './app.component.html',
  styleUrls: ['./app.component.css'],
  encapsulation: ViewEncapsulation.None

The DataSyncService

The gojs-angular package comes with an Angular service called DataSyncService (demonstrated later), which is used to easily merge changes (a go.IncrementalData instance).

This service has three static functions:

These functions should allow you to keep your data synced up as needed, without needing to write lots of code.

Listening for Model Changes

It is common practice to want to listen for when data changes in a Diagram or Palette, then do something with those changes on an application-level (such as data syncing). That's why, for both the DiagramComponent and PaletteComponent, there is a modelChange @Input property function (more info below).

Note that the UndoManager should always be enabled to allow for transactions to take place, but the UndoManager.maxHistoryLength can be set to 0 to prevent undo and redo.

Using the Diagram Component

Diagram Component accepts several @Input() Angular properties, some of which are optional. They are:

For example, these properties may look something like this:

public initDiagram(): go.Diagram {

  const $ = go.GraphObject.make;
  const dia = $(go.Diagram, {
    'undoManager.isEnabled': true, // must be set to allow for model change listening
    // 'undoManager.maxHistoryLength': 0,  // uncomment disable undo/redo functionality
    model: $(go.GraphLinksModel,
        linkKeyProperty: 'key' // IMPORTANT! must be defined for merges and data sync when using GraphLinksModel

  // define the Node template
  dia.nodeTemplate =
    $(go.Node, 'Auto',
        toLinkable: true, fromLinkable: true
      $(go.Shape, 'RoundedRectangle', { stroke: null },
        new go.Binding('fill', 'color')
      $(go.TextBlock, { margin: 8 },
        new go.Binding('text', 'key'))

  return dia;

public diagramNodeData: Array = [
  { key: 'Alpha', color: 'lightblue' },
  { key: 'Beta', color: 'orange' },
  { key: 'Gamma', color: 'lightgreen' },
  { key: 'Delta', color: 'pink' }
public diagramLinkData: Array = [
  { key: -1, from: 'Alpha', to: 'Beta' },
  { key: -2, from: 'Alpha', to: 'Gamma' },
  { key: -3, from: 'Beta', to: 'Beta' },
  { key: -4, from: 'Gamma', to: 'Delta' },
  { key: -5, from: 'Delta', to: 'Alpha' }
public diagramDivClassName: string = 'myDiagramDiv';
public diagramModelData = { prop: 'value' };
public skipsDiagramUpdate = false;

// When the diagram model changes, update app data to reflect those changes
public diagramModelChange = function(changes: go.IncrementalData) {
  // when setting state here, be sure to set skipsDiagramUpdate: true since GoJS already has this update
  // (since this is a GoJS model changed listener event function)
  // this way, we don't log an unneeded transaction in the Diagram's undoManager history
  this.skipsDiagramUpdate = true;

  this.diagramNodeData = DataSyncService.syncNodeData(changes, this.diagramNodeData);
  this.diagramLinkData = DataSyncService.syncLinkData(changes, this.diagramLinkData);
  this.diagramModelData = DataSyncService.syncModelData(changes, this.diagramModelData);

Once you've defined your @Input properties for your DiagramComponent, pass these properties to your DiagramComponent in your template, like so:


You will now have a GoJS Diagram working in your Angular application.

Using the Palette Component

The Palette Component accepts the following Angular @Input() properties.

Define these properties in your component that will hold that Palette Component, such as:

public initPalette(): go.Palette {
  const $ = go.GraphObject.make;
  const palette = $(go.Palette);

  // define the Node template
  palette.nodeTemplate =
    $(go.Node, 'Auto',
      $(go.Shape, 'RoundedRectangle',
          stroke: null
        new go.Binding('fill', 'color')
      $(go.TextBlock, { margin: 8 },
        new go.Binding('text', 'key'))

  palette.model = $(go.GraphLinksModel,
      linkKeyProperty: 'key'  // IMPORTANT! must be defined for merges and data sync when using GraphLinksModel

  return palette;
public paletteNodeData: Array = [
  { key: 'PaletteNode1', color: 'firebrick' },
  { key: 'PaletteNode2', color: 'blueviolet' }
public paletteLinkData: Array = [
  { from: 'PaletteNode1', to: 'PaletteNode2' }
public paletteModelData = { prop: 'val' };
public paletteDivClassName = 'myPaletteDiv';
public paletteModelChange = function(changes: go.IncrementalData) {
  this.paletteNodeData = DataSyncService.syncNodeData(changes, this.paletteNodeData);
  this.paletteLinkData = DataSyncService.syncLinkData(changes, this.paletteLinkData);
  this.paletteModelData = DataSyncService.syncModelData(changes, this.paletteModelData);

Then pass these properties to your Palette Component in your template, like:


You should now have a GoJS Palette Component working in your Angular application.

Using the Overview Component

The Overview Component accepts the following Angular @Input() properties.

Define these properties in the component that will hold your Overview Component, like:

public oDivClassName = 'myOverviewDiv';
public initOverview(): go.Overview {
  const $ = go.GraphObject.make;
  const overview = $(go.Overview);
  return overview;
public observedDiagram = null;

Then pass these properties to your Overview Component in your template, like:


But, we're not done yet. observedDiagram is null, so the Overview will observe anything. To assign your Overview a Diagram to observe, you will have to reassign the observedDiagram property after initialization. To do so, reassign the bound observedDiagram property in your component holding your Overview Component in the ngAfterViewInit lifecycle hook.

Note: To avoid a ExpressionChangedAfterItHasBeenCheckedError, you must inform Angular to then detect changes. This can be done with the ChangeDetectorRef.detectChanges() method. You can inject a ChangeDetectorRef instance into your wrapper Component constructor, and use that after you alter observedDiagram to call detectChanges(). Like so:

constructor(private cdr: ChangeDetectorRef) { }

public ngAfterViewInit() {
  if (this.observedDiagram) return;
  // in this snippet, this.myDiagramComponent is a reference to a GoJS/Angular Diagram Component
  // that has a valid GoJS Diagram
  this.observedDiagram = this.myDiagramComponent.diagram;

  // IMPORTANT: without this, Angular will throw ExpressionChangedAfterItHasBeenCheckedError (dev mode only)

Now, after initialization, your Overview should display appropriately.

Updating Properties Based on App State

You may have some app-level properties you want to effect the behavior / appearance of your Diagram, Palette, or Overview. You could subclass their respective components and add @Input bindings with specific setter methods, or, more simply, you can have an ngOnChanges function in your app-level component that updates various Diagram / Palette / Component properties based on your app state.

For example, say you have an app-level property called showGrid. When showGrid is true, your Diagram's grid should be visible -- when false, it should be invisible. In your AppComponent, you could do something like:

// myDiagramComponent is a reference to your DiagramComponent
@ViewChild('myDiagram', { static: true }) public myDiagramComponent: DiagramComponent;

public ngDoCheck() {
  // whenever showGrid changes, update the diagram.grid.visible in the child DiagramComponent
  if (this.myDiagramComponent && this.myDiagramComponent.diagram instanceof go.Diagram) {
    this.myDiagramComponent.diagram.grid.visible = this.showGrid;