Angular 5 material: dropdown (select) required validation is not working


I have a material dropdown inside my ngForm, when I set this select as required it shows an asterisk * beside it but the form is seen as valid if I don’t select any option from the dropdown.

<mat-form-field class="col-4 offset-1">
<mat-select placeholder="Some placeholder" [(value)]="" required>
  <mat-option *ngFor="let name of names" [value]="name.value">

This is unlike what happens if I set the material input to required which will make the form invalid if it is empty.

<mat-form-field class="col-4 offset-1">
 <input matInput name="dob" placeholder="Date Of Birth" [(ngModel)]="data.dob" required>

I prefer to solve this using a template driven approach not by using ReactiveForms ( I found some solution talking about the ReactiveForms), can anyone help me?


I found a question of similar title but it is using FormGroup (reactiveForms)

I have put an example to give an idea in this stackblitz


You added required to the select’s option, not the select. Do it like:

  <mat-select placeholder="Favorite food" name="select" [(ngModel)]="select" required>
    <mat-option *ngFor="let food of foods" [value]="food.value" >
      {{ food.viewValue }}


Answered By – Julius

Answer Checked By – David Marino (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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