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React Text Input

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  • Use arbitrary markup in placeholder even icons, animation etc.
  • Customize scrollbars for TextArea. Done with help of react-scroll-box.
  • Enable vertical and horizontal autogrow that is fully controlled from CSS for Input and TextArea.
  • Use components in either controlled or uncontrolled way.


var TextArea = require('react-text-input').TextArea; // ES5
import {Input, TextArea, GenericInput} from 'react-text-input'; // ES6
<TextArea defaultValue="Hello world!"/>


This pakage provides three React components:


Abstract component that expects arbitrary editing control as a child. Manages placeholder and autogow.

Prop Name Type Default Description
value String Value represented by this GenericInput.
disabled Boolean false Toggles component disabled with .text-input--disabled.
placeholder * Any value including React element, that is displayed if value is empty.
className String Style class name added to root element.


One line text input component. Generally behaves like regular input. Inherits all properties from GenericInput and regular input.

Prop Name Type Default Description
value String Value represented by this Input if it is controlled.
defaultValue String Default value represented by this Input if it is uncontrolled.
fitLineLength Boolean false Should.

Uncontrolled input component markup:

<Input type="search"
       defaultValue="Christmas gifts"
       placeholder={<span><i className="fa fa-search"/> Search</span>}


Autogrowing text area implementation. Has all the same properties as Input.

<TextArea fitLineLength={true}
          onChange={e => console.log(}/>


By default, components have no visual decoration, so you need to provide a custom class name (like form-control from Bootstrap) to make it them visible.

In most cases you should change styling only for the root DOM element. Styles applied to Input and TextArea behave just like regular input and textare elements do.

Class Name Description
.text-input Root style class for both Input and TextArea
.text-input--filled Added when component stores a non-empty value.
.text-input--disabled Added when component is disabled.
.text‑input‑‑fit‑line‑length Added when component should grow horizontally.
.text-input--text Modifier that matches type of input control. For example, input[type="password"] would have .text-input--password` specified.
.text-input--text-area Added for textarea control.
.text-input__control HTML UI element input or textarea.
.text-input__placeholder Placeholder container. Content of the placeholder prop is rendered inside this container.
.text-input__content Container that stores input text. Required for autogrow.


By default, TextArea has height of a single line of text and grows vertically without any limit. You can constraint vertical expansion with min-height and max-height.

.vertical-constraint {
  min-height: 100px;
  max-height: 200px;

Then provide this modifier as a className value.

<TextArea className="vertical-constraint"/>

Horizontal constraints work in the same way for both Input and TextArea when fitLineLength={true} specified.

.horizontal-constraint {
  min-width: 100px;
  max-width: 200px;


The code is available under MIT licence.

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