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Middleware to recall previously submitted form values in Node.js and Express.

When a user submits a form with data, and the submitted data fails validation, your app would typically redirect the user back to the same form page, perhaps with an error to display.

This middleware allows you to easily recall the previously POSTed form values, so you can re-populate the form, as needed, after the redirect.


This middleware requires the body-parser and the express-session modules. In addition, the sanitizer module is used to sanitize the POSTed data.

NOTE: The body-parser and express-session middleware must be used in the app before using old-input, as old-input requires the presence of req.body and req.session.


$ npm install old-input



var express = require('express');
var bodyParser = require('body-parser');
var expressSession = require('express-session');
var oldInput = require('old-input');
var app = express()
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({ extended: false }))
    secret: 'your secret', 
    resave: true,
    saveUninitialized: false

On POST requests, old-input will automatically save the req.body POST data. If the POST fails validation and you need to redirect the user back to the same form page, old-input will make the previous POST data available to you in the next GET request.

Usage'/signup', function(req, res) {
    // req.body POST data validation fails ... 
    // redirect back to the signup page 
app.get('/signup', function(req, res) {
    // req.oldInput will contain the POST data submitted 
    // by the user in the previous POST request. 
    res.render('signup', { 
        oldInput: req.oldInput
<!-- signup.ejs -->
<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
        <meta charset="UTF-8">
        <title>Sign up page</title>
        <form action="" method="post">
            <input type="text" name="username" value="<%= oldInput.value('username') %>" />
            <input type="password" name="password" value="<%= oldInput.value('password') %>" />
            <input type="password" name="passwordConfirmation" value="<%= oldInput.value('passwordConfirmation') %>" />
            <input type="submit" value="Sign up">

Associating Error Messages with Input Fields

You can optionally associate error messages with previous POST input field. This makes it easy to retrieve and display individual error messages next to the form fields that failed validation.'/signup', function(req, res) {
    var email =;
    // ... email validation fails 
    req.oldInput.setError('email', 'Please enter a valid email address.');
<!-- signup.ejs -->
<% if ( oldInput.error('email') ) { %>
    <strong><span class='label label-danger'><%= oldInput.error('email') %></span></strong>
<% } %>
<input type="text" name="email" value="<%= oldInput.value('email') %>" />