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A universal avatar component for Angular 2+ applications that fetches / generates avatar based on the information you have about the user. The component has a fallback system that if for example an invalid Facebook ID is used it will try google ID and so on.

You can use this component whether you have a single source or a multiple avatar sources. In this case the fallback system will fetch the first valid avatar.

Moreover, the component can shows name initials or simple value as avatar.

Angular Avatar component preview

Supported avatar sources:

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Twitter
  • Vkontakte (VK)
  • Skype
  • Gravatar
  • Github
  • Custom image
  • name initials
  • value

The fallback system uses the same order as the above source list, Facebook has the highest priority, if it fails, google source will be used, and so on.

If you enjoy watching videos, check out this tutorial on medium which explains how to use ngx-avatar in your angular application.

Check out this link to play with ngx-avatar 😀


Install avatar component using NPM::

$ npm install ngx-avatar --save

Or download as ZIP.


  1. Import AvatarModule :

Once you have installed ngx-avatar, you can import it in your AppModule:

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { HttpClientModule } from '@angular/common/http';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
// Import your AvatarModule
import { AvatarModule } from 'ngx-avatar';
  declarations: [
  imports: [
    // Specify AvatarModule as an import
  providers: [],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }

Starting from version 3.4.0:

  • HttpClientModule is mandatory in order to fetch the avatar from external sources (Gravatar, Google, ...).
  1. Start using it:

Once the AvatarModule is imported, you can start using the component in your Angular application:



<ngx-avatar facebookId="1508319875"></ngx-avatar>
<ngx-avatar googleId="1508319875"></ngx-avatar>
<ngx-avatar twitterId="1508319875"></ngx-avatar>
<ngx-avatar skypeId="1508319875"></ngx-avatar>
<ngx-avatar gravatarId="adde9b2b981a8083cf084c63ad86f753"></ngx-avatar>
<ngx-avatar gravatarId=""></ngx-avatar>
<ngx-avatar src="assets/avatar.jpg"></ngx-avatar>
<ngx-avatar name="John Doe"></ngx-avatar>
<ngx-avatar value="75%"></ngx-avatar>
<ngx-avatar facebookId="userFacebookID" skypeId="userSkypeID"
 googleId="google" name="Haithem Mosbahi" src="assets/avatar.jpg"
 value="28%"  twitterId="twitter"
 size="100" [round]="true">

Check out this file for more examples on how to use ngx-avatar in your application.


Check out this link for a live demo. Also, you can play with ngx-avatar using an online editor here on stackblitz.

Moreover, the demo folder contains an application generated with angular cli that uses ngx-avatar component.

To run the demo application :

$ npm install
$ ng serve


Attribute Type Default Description
facebookId string Facebook ID
googleId string Google ID
twitterId string Twitter Handle
vkontakteId string VK ID
skypeId string Skype ID
gravatarId string email or md5 email related to gravatar
githubId string Github ID
src string Fallback image to use
name string Will be used to generate avatar based on the initials of the person
value string Show a value as avatar
initialsSize number undefined Restricts the size of initials - it goes along with the name property and can be used to fix the number of characters that will be displayed as initials.
bgColor string random Give the background a fixed color with a hex like for example #FF0000
fgColor string #FFF Give the text a fixed color with a hex like for example #FF0000
size number 50 Size of the avatar
textSizeRatio number 3 For text based avatars the size of the text as a fragment of size (size / textSizeRatio)
round boolean true Round the avatar corners
cornerRadius number 0 Square avatars can have rounded corners using this property
borderColor string undefined Add border with the given color. boder's default style is '1px solid borderColor'
style object Style that will be applied on the root element
clickOnAvatar Output Fired when the avatar is clicked. The component emits the source object that has been used to fetch the avatar.

The source object has the following properties:

  • sourceType : avatar source ( Facebook, twitter, etc)
  • sourceId : identifier of the user
  • getAvatar(size?) : method to fetch user avatar from the current source

Override Avatar Configuration

The avatar module provides the possibility of customizing the avatar component by overriding some of its options. For example, the avatar module comes with a set of default colors used to randomly fill the backgroud color of the avatar. Thus, it's possible to chnage the default list of colors and to pass your own list.

All you need to do is to configure the AvatarModule by calling forRoot method. The forRoot method takes an AvatarConfig Object that contains the overridden options.

AvatarConfig interface has two properties:

  • avatarColors: allows the user to override the default avatar colors by providing a new set of colors
  • sourcePriorityOrder: allows the user to change the avatar source priority order. If you want the avatar component to look for user initials first, twitter before facebook or any order you want, this is can be done using the sourcePriorityOrder property

The following code shows an example on how to import the AvatarModule with your own source priority order. With the given order, the avatar component will look first for the custom avatar image and then for user initials and after that it will look the rest of sources.

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { HttpClientModule } from "@angular/common/http";
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { UserService } from "./user.service";
import { AvatarModule, AvatarSource } from 'ngx-avatar';
const avatarSourcesOrder = [AvatarSource.CUSTOM, AvatarSource.INITIALS];
  declarations: [
    AppComponent  ],
  imports: [
    // import AvatarModule in your app with your own configuration
      sourcePriorityOrder: avatarSourcesOrder
  providers: [UserService],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }

Here's an example on how to import the AvatarModule with your own set of colors.

  • Starting from version 3.1, overriding the avatar configuration can be done as follows:
import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { UserService } from "./user.service";
import { AvatarModule } from "ngx-avatar";
import { HttpClientModule } from "@angular/common/http";
const avatarColors = ["#FFB6C1", "#2c3e50", "#95a5a6", "#f39c12", "#1abc9c"];
  declarations: [
    AppComponent  ],
  imports: [
    // import AvatarModule in your app with your own configuration
      colors: avatarColors
  providers: [UserService],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }
  • Users who use a prior version of ngx-avatar ( < 3.1 ) can override the configuration as follows:
import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { UserService } from "./user.service";
import { AvatarModule,AvatarConfig } from "ngx-avatar";
import { HttpClientModule } from "@angular/common/http";
const avatarConfig = new AvatarConfig(['red','blue','pink']);
  declarations: [
    AppComponent  ],
  imports: [
    // import AvatarModule in your app with your own configuration
  providers: [UserService],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }

Avatar Styling

In addition to the style attribute, ngx-avatar style can be customized using css classes. Thus, the generated code offers two css classes that can be overridden :

  • avatar-container : class that represents the avatar container - the host element. Styles in this class will be applied on the avatar wether is an image or text.
  • avatar-content : css class that represents the avatar element which is embedded inside the avatar-container.

To overcome Angular's view encapsulation, you may need to use the /deep/ operator to target it. Here's an example that shows how to override ngx-avatar style :

  <ngx-avatar class="my-avatar" value="HM"> </ngx-avatar>

Your css file might look like this

.my-avatar /deep/ .avatar-content {
    background-color : red !important;

Release Notes & History

  • 3.6.0: Angular 8 support
  • 3.5.0: export Avatar component for Angular elements and ng upgrade
  • 3.4.0: http module is removed from the library dependencies. Applicatins' http module will be used instead.
  • 3.3.x : Bug fixes
  • 3.3.0 : Override Source priority order when importing AvatarModule
  • 3.2.0 : Add support to Angular 7
  • 3.1.1 : fixes the source priority bug
  • 3.1 : fixes AOT / Prod build when loading avatar module with config
    • This version has a breaking change in the way the module with configuration is imported, for more details see Override Avatar Configuration section.
  • 3.0 : Add support to Angular 6
    • Build the library with Angular CLI
  • 2.9 : Bug fixes #16 & #16
  • 2.8 : add initials size option
  • 2.7 : code refactoring
  • 2.6 : Customize avatar options
  • 2.5 : Bug fixes & new css classes
  • 2.4 : Refactor async sources
  • 2.3 : Add support for github avatar
  • 2.2 : Fix prod and aot build
  • 2.1 : Bug fixes
  • 2.0 : add support to vkontakte source
  • 1.4 : background color is now generated based on the sum of ASCII values of avatar's text.
  • 1.3 : Bug Fixes ( support dynamic avatar data )
  • 1.2 : Add border related properties.
  • 1.1 : Listen to click events on avatar and support retina display.
  • 1.0 : Avatar component that fetches / generates user avatar from different sources.


Contributions and all possible collaboration are welcome.

  • Fork it!
  • Create your feature branch: git checkout -b my-new-feature
  • Commit your changes: git commit -am 'Add some feature'
  • Push to the branch: git push origin my-new-feature
  • Submit a pull request :D


This project was generated with Angular CLI version 6.1.1.

Development server

Run ng serve for a dev server. Navigate to http://localhost:4200/. The app will automatically reload if you change any of the source files.

Code scaffolding

Run ng generate component component-name to generate a new component. You can also use ng generate directive|pipe|service|class|guard|interface|enum|module.


Run ng build to build the project. The build artifacts will be stored in the dist/ directory. Use the --prod flag for a production build.

Running unit tests

Run ng test to execute the unit tests via Karma.

Running end-to-end tests

Run ng e2e to execute the end-to-end tests via Protractor.

Further help

To get more help on the Angular CLI use ng help or go check out the Angular CLI README.


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