Improve *ngFor performance with trackBy

Maciej Modzelewski, angulartypescriptjavascript

Whenever you are using *ngFor in your Angular application consider setting trackBy function for it.

By default, Angular uses reference comparison for objects in the list. This might not be the optimal approach, especially when you update your list's data from the server.

Instead, you could be using some unique and stable identifier that your objects have. Thanks to comparing by the id, Angular won't need to rerender all elements every time you fetch an updated list from the server (object references will be changed but ids won't).

Less computations -> performance gain!

How to use the trackBy then?

You need to create a function that matches TrackByFunction interface.

interface TrackByFunction<T> {
  (index: number, item: T): any;

// might be something like this
function trackByTransaction(index: number, item: Transaction): string {

And use it in the template:

<div *ngFor="let transaction of transactions; trackBy: trackByTransaction">
  <!--  transaction view  -->

That's it! Now go and optimise your lists :)

Happy coding! 😀

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