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    The inspiration to build this plugin is:

    • The developer doesn't have to worry about the basic input-change and data management of form.
    • Form syntax should be as close as possible to HTML native forms.
    • The form should provide basic validation rules by default. The developer can also add custom validation rules.
    • The developer can create/change the layout as he wants.

    React-Form handles form data, field validation of a form. It exposes few hooks for the developer to perform custom actions like custom events, form data change events, etc.


    $ npm install --save react-state-form


    React: 15 and above


    Import Components

    The plugin exposes Form(the main HOC) and other essential form components such as Input, Select, Options and Submit, etc. Import the desired components like:

    import Form, { Input, Submit } from 'react-state-form'
    Use in the compoennet

    Just replace the HTML form tag with Form like:

    <Form {...formProps}>
      <div className="col-12 grid">
        <Input {...inputProps} />
        <Input {...anotherInputProps} />
        <Submit {...submitProps} /> // Please Refer Submit doc for props details.

    Refer to each component doc in the wiki for prop details.

    Form Props


    Suppose you want class input-container on all the input fields. There are two ways to do that, either pass the class name as a prop to each input(which will be very repetitive) or define fieldClass property in defaultClasses prop in Form. This adds default classes to each input field. You can opt not to add default classes at the component level(checkout components doc for more details). Here is the default value of defaultClasses prop:

    const defaultClasses = {
      label      : 'input-label'      // will be added to all labels.
      contClass  : 'input-container', // Container class, will be added to each container.
      fieldClass : 'input-field',     // will be added to actual field.
      errorClass : 'error',           // will be added to errors.

    Here is how to pass defaultClasses to Form:

    <Form defaultClasses={defaultClasses}>

    If you don't want to validate any field in Form. You can pass a flag through Form, shouldValidateForm as false to the Form component like this:

    <Form shouldValidateForm={false}>

    Default value is true


    Form exposes few functions through context to it's children:


    The plugin stores all the data in the state of the Form component and exposes it through context. If field value changes, data has to be updated, setFieldValue handles this. setFieldValue is called internally on the onChange event. Custom inputs will also use setFieldValue to set field value. The function accepts an object as an argument. Here are the object properties:


    Here are the details:

    • id[string]: field id. If isMultipleValue is true then id is not required.
    • event[object]: Native event object. This is basically to get field latest value througth evet.currentTarget.value.
    • field[object]: Current field object as stored in Form. Can be accessed through context - context.formData[fieldId].
    • value[string/object/boolean]: This field mandatory if the event object is not passed. Please use value if:
      • You are setting value explicitly. The best use-case is when you want to change other field value on change of the current field.
      • You are using custom, non-native input fields. And there is no way to get value through the event object( event.currentTarget.value).
    • isMultipleValues[boolean]: This is set to false by default, make it true if you want to set multiple values in one shot. Note that if isMultipleValue is true, then value property should be an object of field id and value.

    Returns the form state.


    addField is basically to tell Form to add and track the field for value change, events, and validations. This function is useful when you want to add a custom field(default field components also uses the same function), call this function in componentDidMount function with all the props you want to store at formData object. addField should be called once per field. Here is how to use it:

    ...component code
    Class Input extends Component {
      componentWillMount() {
      static contextTypes = {
        addField      : PropTypes.func.isRequired,
        // ... other context props

    id mandatory fields in the this.props in custom components.


    validateForm is used to validate the form. You can either validate the whole form or validate a single field through this function. In order to validate a single field, pass the field id as an argument to validateForm.


    formData is single source of truth for the field values and other field related data. formData consists all form data, such as field values, other field props, errors, fields events, etc. Here is the shape of formData object:

      shouldValidateForm : Boolean,
      defaultClasses     : Object,
      errors             : {
        [id] : String
      fields : {
        [id] : Object


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