Fix broken Angular material legacy styles

January 12, 2023

With Angular version 15 many of the Angular material components have been refactored to use the Material Design Components for web (MDC). This change itself is awesome for all Angular folks because now the accessibility drastically improved and the components are closer to the official material specs.
However this also means that you need adapt and check your entire application because for some components even the API changed. To reduce the pain of upgrade (everything at once) Angular is providing the previous material components under a separate legacy import, e.g. import {MatSelectModule} from '@angular/material/select'; becomes import {MatLegacySelectModule as MatSelectModule} from '@angular/material/legacy-select'; (important: you really should use ng update then the cli will convert all imports automatically).

In my case I wanted to use the legacy components in all places to get the Angular upgrade done and tackle the new style components afterwards. After I upgraded everything with ng update nearly everything was broken and looked wrong.

Sample image of broken input field

I discovered that the way how you define a theme is now different for Angular Material 15 (See docs).

@use '@angular/material' as mat;

@include mat.core();

$my-primary: mat.define-palette(mat.$indigo-palette, 500);
$my-accent: mat.define-palette(mat.$pink-palette, A200, A100, A400);

$my-theme: mat.define-light-theme((
 color: (
   primary: $my-primary,
   accent: $my-accent,
 typography: mat.define-typography-config(),
 density: 0,

@include mat.all-component-themes($my-theme);

But even with those changes the legacy components still look off.


We need to include another scss mixin for the core and legacy styles.

@use '@angular/material' as mat;

@include mat.core();
@include mat.legacy-core();
@include mat.all-component-themes($my-theme);
@include mat.all-legacy-component-themes($app-theme);

If you do not include the all-component-mixin you can also include individual legacy themes. They are always prefixed with legacy-

@include mat.button-theme($app-theme);
@include mat.legacy-button-theme($app-theme);

And now our styles look just like before Sample image of working input field

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