Getting Started With redux-form

redux-form primarily consists of four things:

  1. A Redux reducer that listens to dispatched redux-form actions to maintain your form state in Redux.
  2. A React component decorator that wraps your entire form in a Higher Order Component (HOC) and provides functionality via props.
  3. A Field component to connect your individual field inputs to the Redux store.
  4. Various Action Creators for interacting with your forms throughout the application.

Implementation Guide

Step #1

The first thing that you have to do is to give the redux-form reducer to Redux. You will only have to do this once, no matter how many form components your app uses.

import { createStore, combineReducers } from 'redux'
import { reducer as formReducer } from 'redux-form'

const reducers = {
  // ... your other reducers here ...
  form: formReducer     // <---- Mounted at 'form'
const reducer = combineReducers(reducers)
const store = createStore(reducer)

Step #2

Decorate your form component with reduxForm(). This will provide your component with props that provide information about form state and functions to submit your form.

Each input component must be placed inside the component prop of a Field component. The Field component will pass props such as value, onChange, onBlur, etc. to the React.DOM.input component to populate its value and listen for changes.

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { Field, reduxForm } from 'redux-form';

class ContactForm extends Component {
  render() {
    const { handleSubmit } = this.props;
    return (
      <form onSubmit={handleSubmit}>
          <label htmlFor="firstName">First Name</label>
          <Field name="firstName" component="input" type="text"/>
          <label htmlFor="lastName">Last Name</label>
          <Field name="lastName" component="input" type="text"/>
          <label htmlFor="email">Email</label>
          <Field name="email" component="input" type="email"/>
        <button type="submit">Submit</button>

// Decorate the form component
ContactForm = reduxForm({
  form: 'contact' // a unique name for this form

export default ContactForm;

You're done!

Well, almost. You will still need to:

  • Do something with the data that has been submitted. It will be passed as JSON to your onSubmit function.
import ContactForm from './ContactForm';

class ContactPage extends React.Component {
  handleSubmit = (values) => {
    // Do something with the form values
  render() {
    return (
      <ContactForm onSubmit={this.handleSubmit} />
  • Potentially set the form values initially, with the initialValues prop.

If you're starting out with redux-form, a good place to continue learning about how to connect up the inputs to redux-form would be the Simple Form Example.