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v5v6 Migration Guide #

redux-form has been completely rewritten for v6, because of a fundamental design change.

Inversion of Control #

In v5, only the outer form component was connected to the Redux state, and the props for each field were passed in via the form component. The problem with this is that the entire form component had to re-render on every single keypress that changed a form value. This was fine for small login forms, but lead to an extremely slow performance on larger forms with dozens or hundreds of fields.

In v6, every single field is connected to the Redux store. The outer form component is also connected, but is connected in such a manner that does not require it to refresh every time a value changes.

Because of this inversion of control, there is no incremental upgrade path. I would love to provide new API and provide deprecation warnings on the old API, but there is just no path from here to there that allows for such a transition.

The v6 Field API was designed, however, in such a way as to minimize the migration pains. This document will outline the minimum migration distance from v5 to v6.

Goodbye fields... Hello Field! #

In v5, you were required to provide an array of fields names, and then a fields object prop was provided to your decorated component. The mechanism that generates the props (value, onChange, onBlur, etc.) for your input from the string name of your field is the new Field component.

v5 #


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

class MyForm extends React.Component {
  render() {
    const {
      fields: { username, password },
      handleSubmit
    } = this.props

    return (
      <form onSubmit={handleSubmit}>
        <div>
          <label htmlFor="username">Username</label>
          <div>
            <input type="text" {...username} />
            {username.touched && username.error && (
              <span className="error">{username.error}</span>
            )}
          </div>
        </div>

        <div>
          <label htmlFor="password">Password</label>
          <div>
            <input type="password" {...password} /> // Duplicating same code as
            above
            {password.touched && // except for "type" prop
              password.error && <span className="error">{password.error}</span>}
          </div>
        </div>

        <button type="submit">Submit</button>
      </form>
    )
  }
}

export default reduxForm({
  form: 'myForm',
  fields: ['username', 'password']
})(MyForm)

v6 #


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

const renderInput = field =>   // Define stateless component to render input and errors
  <div>
    <input {...field.input} type={field.type}/>  // Type specified below in <Field>
    {field.meta.touched &&
     field.meta.error &&
     <span className="error">{field.meta.error}</span>}
  </div>

class MyForm extends React.Component {
  render() {

    const { handleSubmit } = this.props       // No fields prop

    return (
      <form onSubmit={handleSubmit}>

        <div>
          <label htmlFor="username">Username</label>
          <Field
            name="username"                   // Specify field name
            component={renderInput}           // Specify render component above
            type="text"/>                     // "type" prop passed to renderInput
        </div>

        <div>
          <label htmlFor="password">Password</label>
          <Field
            name="password"                   // Specify field name
            component={renderInput}           // Reuse same render component
            type="password"/>                 // "type" prop passed to renderInput
        </div>

        <button type="submit">Submit</button>
      </form>
    )
  }
}

export default reduxForm({
  form: 'myForm'
                                              // no fields array given
})(MyForm)

In v5 the field name strings were all bundled together as input and the field objects came out bundled together as output (of redux-form), and now, in v6, the conversion from field name to field object is done one at a time at the location of each field.

handleSubmit and onSubmit #

The only thing that has changed about form submission is that your submit validation errors must now be wrapped in a SubmissionError object. This is to distinguish between validation errors and AJAX or server errors. See discussion on PR #602

v5 #


;<MyForm
  onSubmit={values =>
    ajax
      .send(values) // however you send data to your server...
      .catch(error => {
        // how you pass server-side validation errors back is up to you
        if (error.validationErrors) {
          return Promise.reject(error.validationErrors)
        } else {
          // what you do about other communication errors is up to you
          reportServerError(error)
        }
      })
  }
/>

v6 #


;<MyForm
  onSubmit={values =>
    ajax.send(values).catch(error => {
      if (error.validationErrors) {
        throw new SubmissionError(error.validationErrors) // <----- only difference
      } else {
        reportServerError(error)
      }
    })
  }
/>

mapStateToProps and mapDispatchToProps #

In v5, the reduxForm() decorator allowed these parameters to be given and it passed them along to react-redux's connect() API.

v6 no longer does this. You will need to separately decorate your form component with connect() yourself if you need to access other values in the Redux store or bind action creators to dispatch.

Sync Validation #

Sync validation is exactly the same as in v5. The only small difference is that if you are using ImmutableJS, the values given to your sync validation function will be an an Immutable.Map. The errors returned, however, should be a plain JS object, like always.

Initialization with initialValues #

Nothing has changed with this, apart from fixing some pesky bugs like #514, #621, #628, and #756. In v6, each field will have its initial value on the very first render.

Async Validation #

No changes. Works exactly like v5.

Deep Fields #

There is no mystery to deep fields in v6. You simply use dot-syntax on your field name.

v5 #


render() {
  const {
    fields: {
      contact: {
        shipping: { street }
      }
    }
  } = this.props
  return (
    <div>
      <input type="text" {...street}/>
    </div>
  )
}

v6 #


render() {
  return (
    <div>
      <Field name="contact.shipping.street" component="input" type="text"/>
    </div>
  )
}

Field Arrays #

To get the field array object that was passed as a prop to the whole form in v5, you must use the FieldArray component, much like the Field component is used.

v5 #


render() {
  const { fields: { awards } } = this.props;
  return (
    <div>
      <ul>
        {awards.map((award, index) => <li key={index}>
          <label htmlFor="award">Award #{index + 1}</label>
          <input type="text" {...award.input}/>
        </li>)}
      </ul>
      <button onClick={() => awards.addField()}>Add Award</button>
    </div>
  )
}

v6 #


const renderAwards = ({ fields }) =>
  <div>
    <ul>
      {fields.map((name, index) => <li key={index}>
        <label htmlFor={name}>Award #{index + 1}</label>
        <Field name={name} type="text" component="input"/>
      </li>)}
    </ul>
    <button onClick={() => fields.push()}>Add Award</button>
  </div>

render() {
  return (
    <div>
      <FieldArray name="awards" component={renderAwards}/>
    </div>
  )
}

Normalization #

In v6, normalization has moved from the reducer to the field level.

v5 #


const upper = value => value && value.toUpperCase()

const reducer = combineReducers({
  // other reducers
  form: form.normalize({
    myForm: {
      myUppercaseField: upper
    }
  })
})

v6 #


const upper = value => value && value.toUpperCase()

...

<Field name="myUppercaseField" component="input" normalize={upper}/>

See the Normalizing Example and Value Lifecycle for more details.

Listening to other actions #

The plugin() API is identical to that of v5. However, the internal structure of the form state has changed, so your plugin reducer that was modifying it will need to be updated. It more or less changed as follows:

v5 #


{
  myField: {
    value: 'myValue',
    initial: 'myInitialValue',
    asyncError: 'myAsyncError',
    submitError: 'mySubmitError',
    touched: true,
    visited: true
  }
}

v6 #


{
  values: {
    myField: 'myValue'
  },
  initial: {
    myField: 'myInitialValue'
  },
  asyncErrors: {
    myField: 'myAsyncError'
  },
  submitErrors: {
    myField: 'mySubmitError'
  },
  fields: {
    myField: {
      touched: true,
      visited: true
    }
  }
}

Known Issues #

react-hot-loader #

If you are using react-hot-loader 1.X and see the error Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'wrapped' of undefined then you will need to upgrade react-hot-loader to 3.X.

While react-hot-loader v3 is still in beta, the best documentation is available in this annotated commit and in the this example and this example.