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Built-in Components

Ember provides a few helpful components out-of-the-box for common tasks, including:

Using these helpers, you can create form controls that are almost identical to the native HTML <input> or <textarea> elements, and which automatically update the state of their values.


<label for="site">Ember Question</label>
<Input @id="site" @value="How do text fields work?" />

Will become:

<label for="site">Ember Question</label>
<input id="site" type="text" value="How do text fields work?"/>

You can pass the following standard <input> attributes within the input helper:


If these attributes are set to a quoted string, their values will be set directly on the element, as in the previous example. However, when left unquoted, these values will be bound to a property on the template's current rendering context. For example:

<label for="firstname">First Name</label>
<Input @id="firstname" @type="text" @value={{this.firstName}} @size="50" disabled={{this.entryNotAllowed}} />

Will bind the disabled attribute to the value of entryNotAllowed in the current context.


To dispatch an action on specific events such as key-down, use the following

<label for="firstname">First Name</label>
<Input @value={{this.firstName}} @key-down={{this.updateFirstName}} id="firstname" />

The following event types are supported (dasherized format):

  • enter
  • insert-newline
  • escape-press
  • focus-in
  • focus-out
  • key-down
  • key-press (Deprecated Web API)
  • key-up

More events types are also supported but these events need to be written in camelCase format, such mouseEnter. Note, there are events of the same type in both the list above and linked. Event names listed above must be dasherized. Additional work is performed on these events.


You can also use the <Input /> helper to create a checkbox by setting its type:

<label for="admin-checkbox">Is Admin?</label>
<Input @id="admin-checkbox" @type="checkbox" @name="isAdmin" @checked={{this.isAdmin}} />

Checkboxes support the following properties:

  • checked
  • disabled
  • tabindex
  • indeterminate
  • name
  • autofocus
  • form

Which can be bound or set as described in the previous section.

Checkboxes are a special input type. If you want to dispatch an action on a certain event, you will always need to either define the event name in camelCase format (e.g. @keyDown), or use an on helper with the Web-API event name (e.g. on 'keydown'):

<label for="firstname">First Name</label>
{{!-- This works: uses camelCase event name --}}
<Input @type="checkbox" @keyDown={{this.updateName}} id="firstname" />
{{!-- This works: uses 'on' with actual event name --}}
<Input @type="checkbox" {{on "keydown" this.updateName}} id="firstname" />
{{!-- This does not work: uses dasherized event name --}}
<Input @type="checkbox" @key-down={{this.updateName}} id="firstname" />
{{!-- This does not work: uses actual event name --}}
<Input @type="checkbox" @keydown={{this.updateName}} id="firstname" />

Internally, <Input @type="checkbox" /> creates an instance of Checkbox. Do not use Checkbox directly.

<Textarea />

<label for="firstname">First Name</label>
<Textarea @value={{this.name}} cols="80" rows="6" id="firstname" />

Will bind the value of the text area to name on the current context.

<Textarea> supports binding and/or setting the following properties:

  • value
  • name
  • rows
  • cols
  • placeholder
  • disabled
  • maxlength
  • tabindex
  • selectionEnd
  • selectionStart
  • selectionDirection
  • wrap
  • readonly
  • autofocus
  • form
  • spellcheck
  • required

Binding dynamic attribute

You might need to bind a property dynamically to an input if you're building a flexible form, for example. To achieve this you need to use the {{get}} and {{mut}} in conjunction like shown in the following example:

<label for="firstname">First Name</label>
<Input @value={{mut (get this.person this.field)}} id="firstname" />

The {{get}} helper allows you to dynamically specify which property to bind, while the {{mut}} helper allows the binding to be updated from the input. See the respective helper documentation for more detail: {{get}} and {{mut}}.