Password fields are a specialized input field with the ability to toggle between the masked field or to view the password in plain text. Clarity supports both a CSS only and Angular component. You may wish to review the general forms documentation about form controls.

Angular Password Component

If you are using Angular, the recommended approach is to always use the ClrPassword directive on your inputs to help manage the form control. By using ClrPassword, you'll automatically be able to leverage built in validation, helper text, and layout features in forms.

The traditional HTML password input only shows the password field format, where the text is hidden from the user and shows dots in places of characters for security. This component also provides a toggle icon to allow users to view the text they've typed into the field, which has become a common design pattern for usability. If you don't need or want this feature, then you may prefer to use the CSS version described below.

Basic password

This is the default way to define a password field if you don't have a need for a label or validation. You need to add clrPassword to your input to wire up the directive. Notice, it is not necessary to add type="password" as it is handled automatically. It will only work if you have the control wired up with either a template driven form or reactive form. You must wrap the input inside the ClrPasswordContainer element.

<form clrForm>
  <clr-password-container>
    <input clrPassword placeholder="Password" name="password" [(ngModel)]="exampleOne" />
  </clr-password-container>
</form>

Labels

Adding a label is simple, as you just add the label inside of the ClrPasswordContainer component. It will automatically get laid out correctly in the form.

<form clrForm>
  <clr-password-container>
    <label>Password</label>
    <input clrPassword placeholder="Password please!" name="password" [(ngModel)]="exampleTwo" />
  </clr-password-container>
</form>

Helper and error messages

The password form control wires up with the validations placed on an password control, such as required or even custom built validators in Angular. Under the hood, it looks at the NgControl values to determine the control validitity, and display the helper text or error message accordingly.

Note: the validation only displays an error after the user has left focus on an input. This is for better UX where the user doesn't see an error while they are still typing.

Must contain at least 8 characters with at least one of them a special character like !@#$%^&*)

<form clrForm>
  <clr-password-container>
    <label>Password</label>
    <input placeholder="Password" clrPassword [(ngModel)]="exampleThree" name="password" required minlength="10" />
    <clr-control-helper>Must contain at least 8 characters with at least one of them a special character like !@#$%^&*)</clr-control-helper>
    <clr-control-error *clrIfError="'required'">This field is required!</clr-control-error>
    <clr-control-error *clrIfError="'minlength'">It must be at least 8 characters!</clr-control-error>
  </clr-password-container>
</form>

CSS Password Component

Password inputs can be used without Angular, but without some of the automatic interactivity. If you intend to create your own components, here are the basic features you'll need to build out.

Basic password

It is possible to display the password input by simply having the input as a standalone element not inside of a form. This may be useful in simple cases where you don't need a full form and just an inline input.

<form class="clr-form">
  <input type="password" id="basic" placeholder="Password please!" class="clr-input">
</form>

Full password display

Each form control has a .clr-form-control wrapper, as well as a specific DOM structure necessary to layout the form control as desired. This works with all layout options as well without needing to change the DOM structure in any way.

Helper Text

<form class="clr-form">
  <div class="clr-form-control">
    <label for="basic" class="clr-control-label">Password</label>
    <div class="clr-control-container">
      <div class="clr-input-wrapper">
        <input type="password" id="basic" placeholder="Password please!" class="clr-input">
        <clr-icon class="clr-validate-icon" shape="exclamation-circle"></clr-icon>
      </div>
      <span class="clr-subtext">Helper Text</span>
    </div>
  </div>
</form>

Error state

To signify an error state, you need to add the .clr-error class to the .clr-control-container element. This will show the .clr-validate-icon and turn the .clr-subtext message to red. If you have helper text that needs to change to error content, you'll have to handle the hiding and showing of that content inside of the .clr-subtext element.

Helper Text

<form class="clr-form">
  <div class="clr-form-control">
    <label for="example" class="clr-control-label">Password</label>
    <div class="clr-control-container">
      <div class="clr-input-wrapper">
        <input type="password" id="example" placeholder="Password please!" class="clr-input">
        <clr-icon class="clr-validate-icon" shape="exclamation-circle"></clr-icon>
      </div>
      <span class="clr-subtext">Error message</span>
    </div>
  </div>
</form>

Design Guidelines

The UX design guidelines documentation is currently a work in progress, and will be updated when they are ready.