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react-uniformed - Lightweight / Fast / Simple / Scalable

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react-uniformed is a lightweight library that simplifies the creation of declarative React forms using only React Hooks. Additionally, this library will out perform all of the popular React form libraries without adding complexity to your code.

You don't have to learn a new framework with a massive API in order to do forms, just use react-uniformed

  • ‍️💆🏾‍♂️ Simple API
  • 🐐 Lightweight / Fast / Scalable
  • 🙅🏻‍♀️ Zero dependencies
  • 📜 HTML standard validation
  • 🚀 Controlled & Uncontrolled inputs support



npm install --save react-uniformed


yarn add react-uniformed

Getting Started

import {useForm, useSettersAsEventHandler} from "react-uniformed";
// useForm holds the state of the form (ie touches, values, errors)
const { setValue, values, submit } = useForm({
    onSubmit: data => console.log(JSON.stringify(data)),
// compose your event handlers using useSettersAsEventHandler
const handleChange = useSettersAsEventHandler(setValue);
return (
    {/* the submit function is only called after the form passes validation */}
    <form onSubmit={submit}>
        <input type="submit" />


Add validation to your form by setting the validators property in useForm and start validation by calling validateByName or validate. Then read the validation state from the errors object.

import {useForm, useSettersAsEventHandler} from "react-uniformed";
const { setValue, validateByName, errors } = useForm({
    // Use HTML5 style validation
    constraints: {
        name: { required: true, minLength: 1, maxLength: 55 },
        // email & url types are validated using HTML standard regex
        email: { required: true, type: "email" },
        date: {
            // set the error message for required by using a non empty string
            required: "Date is required",
            type: "date",
            // set the error message and constraint using an array
            min: [, "Date must be today or later"]
    onSubmit: data => console.log(JSON.stringify(data)),
// validate on change with the following code
// const handleChange = useSettersAsEventHandler(setValue, validateByName);
// or validate on blur
const handleBlur = useSettersAsEventHandler(validateByName);


react-uniformed supports uncontrolled inputs that uses React refs to synchronize the state of the input in the DOM and the state of the form in the Virtual DOM. The uncontrolled input allows us to avoid expensive React renders on keyup or change.

import {useSettersAsRefEventHandler} from "react-uniformed";
// useSettersAsRefEventHandler defaults to an on change event
const changeRef = useSettersAsRefEventHandler(setValue);
// name attribute is still required as the changeRef calls setValue(name, value) on change
<input name="name" ref={changeRef} />

useSettersAsRefEventHandler is generally only needed for larger forms or larger React VDOMs. In addition to the useSettersAsRefEventHandler, react-uniformed also supports validation maps. Validation maps allows you to only validate the input that changed using validateByName. There are several ways to accomplish this...

const {validateByName, errors} = useForm({
    validators: {
        // validators must return empty string for valid value
        name: (value) => value ? "" : "email is required",
// useConstraints supports mixing validators and constraints
const validators = useConstraints({
    name: (value) => "name still won't be valid",
    email: { required: true },
// when used with useSettersAsEventHandler the validator
// will call the validation that matches the current input element's name
const handleBlur = useSettersAsEventHandler(validateByName);

If you prefer to validate in one function, then you can do that as well

const {
    // note: validateByName will call the validate function on each call 
    // but the error will be the one with the corresponding name
    // validate is available with both a validation map and a validation function
= useForm({
    validators(values) {
        const errors = {name: "name will never be valid", email: ""};
        if (! {
   = "email is required";
        return errors;

More Hooks

It should be noted that useForm is just one layer of abstraction used to simplify the form building process. If you need more granular control and orchestration of your form, then you should avoid using useForm in favor of other form hooks like useFields, useTouch, useValidation, and useSubmission. The following is a basic implementation of useForm that you can use to compose your forms.

import {useCallback} from "react";
import {
    useFields, useTouch, useValidation, useHandlers, useSubmission
} from "react-uniformed";
function useForm() {
    // tracks the input values
    const { values, setValue, resetValues } = useFields();
    // tracks the touch state of inputs
    const { touches, touchField, resetTouches } = useTouch();
    // handles validation
    const { validateByName, validate, errors, resetErrors } = useValidation({
        name: () => "",
    // composes a "form reset" function
    const reset = useHandlers(resetValues, resetErrors, resetTouches);
    // creates a validation handler that binds the values
    const validator = useCallback(() => validate(values), [values, validate]);
    // useSubmission doesn't concern it self with the values of the form,
    // so we must bind the onSubmit handler and the validator with the values
    const onSubmit = useCallback(() => console.log(values), [values]);
    // Guards against submissions until all values are valid
    const { submit } = useSubmission({ onSubmit, validator });


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