[Fixed] Angular 2 – innerHTML styling


I am getting chunks of HTML codes from HTTP calls. I put the HTML blocks in a variable and insert it on my page with[innerHTML] but i can not style the inserted HTML block. Does anyone have any suggestion how i might achieve this?

@Component({selector: 'calendar',
template: '<div [innerHTML]="calendar"></div>',
styles: [` 
h3 {color:red;}

The HTML that I want to style is the block contained in the variable “calendar”.


update 2 ::slotted

::slotted is now supported by all new browsers and can be used with ViewEncapsulation.ShadowDom


update 1 ::ng-deep

/deep/ was deprecated and replaced by ::ng-deep.

::ng-deep is also already marked deprecated, but there is no replacement available yet.

When ViewEncapsulation.Native is properly supported by all browsers and supports styling accross shadow DOM boundaries, ::ng-deep will probably be discontinued.


Angular adds all kinds of CSS classes to the HTML it adds to the DOM to emulate shadow DOM CSS encapsulation to prevent styles of bleeding in and out of components. Angular also rewrites the CSS you add to match these added classes. For HTML added using [innerHTML] these classes are not added and the rewritten CSS doesn’t match.

As a workaround try

  • for CSS added to the component
/* :host /deep/ mySelector { */
:host ::ng-deep mySelector { 
  background-color: blue;
  • for CSS added to index.html
/* body /deep/ mySelector { */
body ::ng-deep mySelector {
  background-color: green;

>>> (and the equivalent/deep/ but /deep/ works better with SASS) and ::shadow were added in 2.0.0-beta.10. They are similar to the shadow DOM CSS combinators (which are deprecated) and only work with encapsulation: ViewEncapsulation.Emulated which is the default in Angular2. They probably also work with ViewEncapsulation.None but are then only ignored because they are not necessary.
These combinators are only an intermediate solution until more advanced features for cross-component styling is supported.

Another approach is to use

  encapsulation: ViewEncapsulation.None,

for all components that block your CSS (depends on where you add the CSS and where the HTML is that you want to style – might be all components in your application)


Example Plunker

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