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Remix-hook-form is a powerful and lightweight wrapper around react-hook-form that streamlines the process of working with forms and form data in your Remix applications. With a comprehensive set of hooks and utilities, you'll be able to easily leverage the flexibility of react-hook-form without the headache of boilerplate code.

And the best part? Remix-hook-form has zero dependencies, making it easy to integrate into your existing projects and workflows. Say goodbye to bloated dependencies and hello to a cleaner, more efficient development process with Remix-hook-form.

Oh, and did we mention that this is fully Progressively enhanced? That's right, you can use this with or without javascript!

Install

npm install remix-hook-form react-hook-form

Basic usage

Here is an example usage of remix-hook-form. It will work with and without JS. Before running the example, ensure to install additional dependencies:

npm install zod @hookform/resolvers
import { useRemixForm, getValidatedFormData } from "remix-hook-form";
import { Form } from "@remix-run/react";
import { zodResolver } from "@hookform/resolvers/zod";
import * as zod from "zod";
import { ActionFunctionArgs, json } from "@remix-run/node"; // or cloudflare/deno

const schema = zod.object({
  name: zod.string().min(1),
  email: zod.string().email().min(1),
});

type FormData = zod.infer<typeof schema>;

const resolver = zodResolver(schema);

export const action = async ({ request }: ActionFunctionArgs) => {
  const { errors, data, receivedValues: defaultValues } =
    await getValidatedFormData<FormData>(request, resolver);
  if (errors) {
    // The keys "errors" and "defaultValue" are picked up automatically by useRemixForm
    return json({ errors, defaultValues });
  }

  // Do something with the data
  return json(data);
};

export default function MyForm() {
  const {
    handleSubmit,
    formState: { errors },
    register,
  } = useRemixForm<FormData>({
    mode: "onSubmit",
    resolver,
  });

  return (
    <Form onSubmit={handleSubmit}>
      <label>
        Name:
        <input type="text" {...register("name")} />
        {errors.name && <p>{errors.name.message}</p>}
      </label>
      <label>
        Email:
        <input type="email" {...register("email")} />
        {errors.email && <p>{errors.email.message}</p>}
      </label>
      <button type="submit">Submit</button>
    </Form>
  );
}

File Upload example

For more details see File Uploads guide in Remix docs.

import { unstable_createMemoryUploadHandler, unstable_parseMultipartFormData, ActionFunctionArgs, json } from "@remix-run/node"; // or cloudflare/deno

export const action = async ({ request }: ActionFunctionArgs) => {
  // use the upload handler to parse the file
  const formData = await unstable_parseMultipartFormData(
    request,
    unstable_createMemoryUploadHandler(),
  );
  // The file will be there
  console.log(formData.get("file"));
  // validate the form data
  const { errors, data } = await validateFormData(formData, resolver);
  if (errors) {
    return json({ errors }, {
      status: 422,
    });
  }
  return json({ result: "success" });
};

Fetcher usage

You can pass in a fetcher as an optional prop and useRemixForm will use that fetcher to submit the data and read the errors instead of the default behavior. For more info see the docs on useRemixForm below.

Video example and tutorial

If you wish to learn in depth on how form handling works in Remix and want an example using this package I have prepared a video tutorial on how to do it. It's a bit long but it covers everything you need to know about form handling in Remix. It also covers how to use this package. You can find it here:

https://youtu.be/iom5nnj29sY?si=l52WRE2bqpkS2QUh

API's

getValidatedFormData

Now supports no-js form submissions!

If you made a GET request instead of a POST request and you are using this inside of a loader it will try to extract the data from the search params

If the form is submitted without js it will try to parse the formData object and covert it to the same format as the data object returned by useRemixForm. If the form is submitted with js it will automatically extract the data from the request object and validate it.

getValidatedFormData is a utility function that can be used to validate form data in your action. It takes two arguments: the request object and the resolver function. It returns an object with three properties: errors, receivedValues and data. If there are no errors, errors will be undefined. If there are errors, errors will be an object with the same shape as the errors object returned by useRemixForm. If there are no errors, data will be an object with the same shape as the data object returned by useRemixForm.

The receivedValues property allows you to set the default values of your form to the values that were received from the request object. This is useful if you want to display the form again with the values that were submitted by the user when there is no JS present

Example with errors only

If you don't want the form to persist submitted values in the case of validation errors then you can just return the errors object directly from the action.

/** all the same code from above */

export const action = async ({ request }: ActionFunctionArgs) => {
  // Takes the request from the frontend, parses and validates it and returns the data
  const { errors, data } =
    await getValidatedFormData<FormData>(request, resolver);
  if (errors) {
    return json({ errors });
  }
  // Do something with the data
};

Example with errors and receivedValues

If your action returrns defaultValues key then it will be automatically used by useRemixForm to populate the default values of the form.

/** all the same code from above */

export const action = async ({ request }: ActionFunctionArgs) => {
  // Takes the request from the frontend, parses and validates it and returns the data
  const { errors, data, receivedValues: defaultValues } =
    await getValidatedFormData<FormData>(request, resolver);
  if (errors) {
    return json({ errors, defaultValues });
  }
  // Do something with the data
};

validateFormData

validateFormData is a utility function that can be used to validate form data in your action. It takes two arguments: the request object and the resolver function. It returns an object with two properties: errors and data. If there are no errors, errors will be undefined. If there are errors, errors will be an object with the same shape as the errors object returned by useRemixForm. If there are no errors, data will be an object with the same shape as the data object returned by useRemixForm.

The difference between validateFormData and getValidatedFormData is that validateFormData only validates the data while the getValidatedFormData function also extracts the data automatically from the request object assuming you were using the default setup.

/** all the same code from above */

export const action = async ({ request }: ActionFunctionArgs) => {
  // Lets assume you get the data in a different way here but still want to validate it
  const formData = await yourWayOfGettingFormData(request);
  // Takes the request from the frontend, parses and validates it and returns the data
  const { errors, data } =
    await validateFormData<FormData>(formData, resolver);
  if (errors) {
    return json({ errors });
  }
  // Do something with the data
};

createFormData

createFormData is a utility function that can be used to create a FormData object from the data returned by the handleSubmit function from react-hook-form. It takes one argument, the data from the handleSubmit function and it converts everything it can to strings and appends files as well. It returns a FormData object.

/** all the same code from above */

export default function MyForm() {
  const { ... } = useRemixForm({
    ...,
    submitHandlers: {
      onValid: data => {
        // This will create a FormData instance ready to be sent to the server, by default all your data is converted to a string before sent
        const formData = createFormData(data); 
        // Do something with the formData
      }
    }
  });

  return (
   ...
  );
}

parseFormData

parseFormData is a utility function that can be used to parse the data submitted to the action by the handleSubmit function from react-hook-form. It takes two arguments, first one is the request submitted from the frontend and the second one is preserveStringified, the form data you submit will be cast to strings because that is how form data works, when retrieving it you can either keep everything as strings or let the helper try to parse it back to original types (eg number to string), default is false. It returns an object that contains unvalidated data submitted from the frontend.

/** all the same code from above */

export const action = async ({ request }: ActionFunctionArgs) => {
  // Allows you to get the data from the request object without having to validate it
  const formData = await parseFormData(request);
  // formData.age will be a number
  const formDataStringified = await parseFormData(request, true);
  // formDataStringified.age will be a string
  // Do something with the data
};

getFormDataFromSearchParams

If you're using a GET request formData is not available on the request so you can use this method to extract your formData from the search parameters assuming you set all your data in the search parameters

Hooks

useRemixForm

useRemixForm is a hook that can be used to create a form in your Remix application. It's basically the same as react-hook-form's useForm hook, with the following differences:

Additional options

  • submitHandlers: an object containing two properties:
    • onValid: can be passed into the function to override the default behavior of the handleSubmit success case provided by the hook.
    • onInvalid: can be passed into the function to override the default behavior of the handleSubmit error case provided by the hook.
  • submitConfig: allows you to pass additional configuration to the useSubmit function from Remix, such as { replace: true } to replace the current history entry instead of pushing a new one.
  • submitData: allows you to pass additional data to the backend when the form is submitted.
  • fetcher: if provided then this fetcher will be used to submit data and get a response (errors / defaultValues) instead of Remix's useSubmit and useActionData hooks.

register will respect default values returned from the action

If the Remix hook useActionData returns an object with defaultValues these will automatically be used as the default value when calling the register function. This is useful when the form has errors and you want to persist the values when JS is not enabled. If a fetcher is provided default values will be read from the fetcher's data.

handleSubmit

The returned handleSubmit function does two additional things

  • The success case is provided by default where when the form is validated by the provided resolver, and it has no errors, it will automatically submit the form to the current route using a POST request. The data will be sent as formData to the action function.
  • The data that is sent is automatically wrapped into a formData object and passed to the server ready to be used. Easiest way to consume it is by using the parseFormData or getValidatedFormData function from the remix-hook-form package.

formState.errors

The errors object inside formState is automatically populated with the errors returned by the action. If the action returns an errors key in it's data then that value will be used to populate errors, otherwise the whole action response is assumed to be the errors object. If a fetcher is provided then errors are read from the fetcher's data.

Examples

Overriding the default onValid and onInvalid cases

  const { ... } = useRemixForm({
    ...ALL_THE_SAME_CONFIG_AS_REACT_HOOK_FORM,
    submitHandlers: {
      onValid: data => { 
        // Do something with the formData
      },
      onInvalid: errors => {
        // Do something with the errors
      }
    }
  });

Overriding the submit from remix to do something else

  const { ... } = useRemixForm({
    ...ALL_THE_SAME_CONFIG_AS_REACT_HOOK_FORM,
    submitConfig: {
      replace: true,
      method: "PUT",
      action: "/api/youraction",
    },
  });

Passing additional data to the backend

  const { ... } = useRemixForm({
    ...ALL_THE_SAME_CONFIG_AS_REACT_HOOK_FORM,
    submitData: {
      someFieldsOutsideTheForm: "someValue"
    },
  });

RemixFormProvider

Identical to the FormProvider from react-hook-form, but it also returns the changed formState.errors and handleSubmit object.

export default function Form() {
  const methods = useRemixForm();
 
  return (
    <RemixFormProvider {...methods} > // pass all methods into the context
      <form onSubmit={methods.handleSubmit}>
        <button type="submit" />
      </form>
    </RemixFormProvider>
  );
}

useRemixFormContext

Exactly the same as useFormContext from react-hook-form but it also returns the changed formState.errors and handleSubmit object.

export default function Form() {
  const methods = useRemixForm();
 

  return (
    <RemixFormProvider {...methods} > // pass all methods into the context
      <form onSubmit={methods.handleSubmit}>
        <NestedInput />
        <button type="submit" />
      </form>
    </RemixFormProvider>
  );
}

const NestedInput = () => {
  const { register } = useRemixFormContext(); // retrieve all hook methods
  return <input {...register("test")} />;
}

Support

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License

MIT

Bugs

If you find a bug, please file an issue on our issue tracker on GitHub

Contributing

Thank you for considering contributing to Remix-hook-form! We welcome any contributions, big or small, including bug reports, feature requests, documentation improvements, or code changes.

To get started, please fork this repository and make your changes in a new branch. Once you're ready to submit your changes, please open a pull request with a clear description of your changes and any related issues or pull requests.

Please note that all contributions are subject to our Code of Conduct. By participating, you are expected to uphold this code.

We appreciate your time and effort in contributing to Remix-hook-form and helping to make it a better tool for the community!

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