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Top React Form and validation libraries

narendersaini32 profile image Narender Saini ・3 min read

Top React Form and validation libraries

Form and validation libraries are one of the best way to avoid re writing the boring code again and again. In this post we will going to learn about top form and validation libraries for our React Projects.

1. React-Formal

React-Formal a React form and validation library

React Formal is a library for quickly and painlessly handling HTML form validation and serialization. It tries to strike a balance between prescriptive form generators and libraries that require you to manually handle ever input and manage them in state.

React Formal, lets you build your form however you want with no restrictions on form markup, or unnecessary boilerplate. React Formal leverages a schema validation system, which offers helpful benefits over the traditional “validate the state DOM” approach.

  • Forms can be handled the “React Way”, with controlled or uncontrolled values, completely decoupled from DOM state.
  • Working against javascript objects instead of HTML representations of an objects, means no need for <input type='hidden'/>; only render inputs that a user actually needs to change!
  • Schema based validation, lets you reuse your parsing and model validation logic

Installation

npm install react-formal-inputs
npm install react-formal yup

2. React-forms

React Forms library provides a set of tools for React to handle form rendering and validation. React Forms doesn’t provide any <Form /> component, instead it makes implementing form components an easy task.

Installation

npm install react-forms@beta

Example

You can create a reusable component like below using React-forms.

import React from 'react'
import {Fieldset, Field, createValue} from 'react-forms'

class Form extends React.Component {

  constructor(props) {
    super(props)
    let formValue = createValue({
      value: props.value,
      onChange: this.onChange.bind(this)
    })
    this.state = {formValue}
  }

  onChange(formValue) {
    this.setState({formValue})
  }

  render() {
    return (
      <Fieldset formValue={this.state.formValue}>
        <Field select="firstName" label="First name" />
        <Field select="lastName" label="Last name" />
      </Fieldset>
    )
  }
}

You can use it like this

import {render} from 'react-dom'

render(
  <Form value={{firstName: 'Michael', lastName: 'Jackson'}} />,
  document.getElementById('form')
)

For form validations

let schema = {
  type: 'object',
  properties: {
    firstName: {type: 'string'},
    lastName: {type: 'string'}
  }
}

After creating above schema you can pass it to createValue function.

let formValue = createValue({value, onChange, schema})

3. ValueLink

valueLink React form and validation

ValueLink is lightweight (6.5K minified) and works on both JS and TypeScript. It provides call back solutions for complex forms along with input validation. This makes React state a perfect state container.

Instillation


npm install valuelink --save

Example

import { useLink } from 'valuelink'
import { MyInput } from './controls.jsx'

const coolState = { some : { name : '' } };
const MyCoolComponent = () => {
    // Digging through the object to get a link to the `coolState.some.name`
    const $name = useLink( coolState ).at( 'some' ).at( 'name' )

    // applying the validation rules
    $name.check( x => x.length > 0, 'Name is required' ),
         .check( x => x.length > 2, 'Name is too short' );
         .check( x => x.length < 20, 'Name is too long' );

    return (
        <MyInput $value={$name} />
    )
}

// controls.jsx
import * as React from 'react'

// Custom form field with validation taking the link to the `value`
const MyInput = ({ $value }) => (
    <div>
        <input {...$value.props} className={ $value.error ? 'error' : '' } />
        <span>{ $value.error || '' }</span>
    </div>
)

4. Wingspan-forms

Wingspan-forms

A dynamic form library for Facebook React, providing abstractions for building dynamic forms and controlled grids. Widgets provided by Telerik’s KendoUI.

Installation

npm install wingspan-forms

5. NewForms

NewForms react form and validations

NewForms is an isomorphic form-handling library for React. It was formerly known as Django.forms.

NewForms defines new form objects instead of working on widgets. It can be served on the client-side by bundling it or can be deployed on the server-side.

Installation

npm install newforms

I hope you have learned about the React Form and validations using above 5 libraries.

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Discussion

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What about Yup with Formik? They implemented useFormik hook which doesn't have re-render issues with context.

 
 

I would like to point out React Hook Form - react-hook-form.com/