Base class for custom input elements


Input wraps a standard HTML input element, allowing for custom styling and behavior while ensuring standard keyboard and focus behavior.


Ancestry: Input → WrappedStandardElementReactiveElement → HTMLElement

Built with mixins AttributeMarshallingMixin, DelegateFocusMixin, ReactiveMixin, and ShadowTemplateMixin.

Extended by classes AutoCompleteInput and DateInput.

$ property

A convenient shortcut for looking up an element by ID in the component's Shadow DOM subtree.

Example: if component's template contains a shadow element <button id="foo">, you can use the reference this.$.foo to obtain the corresponding button in the component instance's shadow tree. The $ function is simply a shorthand for getElementById, so this.$.foo is the same as this.shadowRoot.getElementById('foo').

Type: object

Defined by ShadowTemplateMixin

defaultState property

The default state for the component. This can be extended by mixins and classes to provide additional default state.

Type: State

Defined by ReactiveMixin

extends property

The tag name of the standard HTML element extended by this class.

Defined by WrappedStandardElement

getInnerProperty(name) method

Return the value of the named property on the inner standard element.


  • name: string

Returns: any

Defined by WrappedStandardElement

inner property

Returns a reference to the inner standard HTML element!

Type: HTMLElement

Defined by WrappedStandardElement

input event

Raised when the user changes the element's text content.

This is the standard input event; the component does not do any work to raise it. It is documented here to let people know it is available to detect when the user edits the content.

render() method

Render pending component changes to the DOM.

This method does nothing if the state has not changed since the last render call.

This method invokes all internal render methods. It then invoked componentDidMount (for first render) or componentDidUpdate (for subsequent renders).

Defined by ReactiveMixin

setInnerProperty(name, value) method

Set the named property on the inner standard element.


  • name: string
  • value: any

Defined by WrappedStandardElement

setState(changes) method

Update the component's state by merging the specified changes on top of the existing state. If the component is connected to the document, and the new state has changed, this returns a promise to asynchronously render the component. Otherwise, this returns a resolved promise.


  • changes: objectthe changes to apply to the element's state

Returns: Promise - resolves when the new state has been rendered

Defined by ReactiveMixin

state property

The component's current state. The returned state object is immutable. To update it, invoke setState.

Type: State

Defined by ReactiveMixin

[symbols.delegatesFocus] property

Returns true if the component is delegating its focus.

A component using DelegateFocusMixin will always have this property be true unless a class takes measures to override it.

Type: boolean

Default: true

Defined by DelegateFocusMixin

[symbols.render](changed) method

Internal method for rendering any recent changes in state to the DOM.

The default implementation of this method does nothing. Override this method in your component to update your component's host element and any shadow elements to reflect the component's new state. See the rendering example.

Be sure to call super in your method implementation so that your component's base classes and mixins have a chance to perform their own render work.


  • changed: objectdictionary of flags indicating which state members have changed since the last render

Defined by ReactiveMixin

[symbols.template] property

The template copied into the shadow tree of new instances of this element.

The default value of this property is a template that includes an instance the standard element being wrapped, with a <slot> element inside that to pick up the element's light DOM content. For example, if you wrap an <a> element, then the default template will look like:

  :host {
    display: inline-block;
  <a id="inner">

The display styling applied to the host will be block for elements that are block elements by default, and inline-block (not inline) for other elements.

If you'd like the template to include other elements, then override this property and return a template of your own. The template should include an instance of the standard HTML element you are wrapping, and the ID of that element should be "inner".

Type: string|HTMLTemplateElement

Defined by WrappedStandardElement

wrap(extendsTag) static method

Creates a class that wraps a standard HTML element.

Note that the resulting class is a subclass of WrappedStandardElement, not the standard class being wrapped. E.g., if you call WrappedStandardElement.wrap('a'), you will get a class whose shadow tree will include an anchor element, but the class will not inherit from HTMLAnchorElement.


  • extendsTag: stringthe standard HTML element tag to extend

Defined by WrappedStandardElement