Forms Simplified, a Beginner's Guide to Managing React Forms

Forms are a common need for many React apps. However, managing form state and validation can be tricky.

Thankfully, React provides great libraries to simplify complex forms. Let’s explore some helpful tools:

Formik for Form State

Formik handles common form tasks:

import { Formik } from 'formik';

const MyForm = () => (
    initialValues={{ email: '' }}
    onSubmit={values => console.log(values)}
    {formik => (
      <form onSubmit={formik.handleSubmit}>
        <button type="submit">Submit</button>

Formik reduces boilerplate for:

  • Initial values
  • Validation
  • Handling submissions
  • Dynamic form values

React Hook Form for Custom Hooks

React Hook Form uses custom hooks for forms:

import { useForm } from "react-hook-form";

function MyForm() {
  const { register, handleSubmit } = useForm();
  const onSubmit = data => {

  return (
    <form onSubmit={handleSubmit(onSubmit)}>
      <input {...register("firstName")} />
      <input {...register("lastName")} />
      <input type="submit" />

Custom hooks provide flexibility without context providers.

Yup for Validation

Yup makes complex validation simple:

import * as yup from 'yup';

const schema = yup.object().shape({
  email: yup.string().email(),
  age: yup.number().positive().integer(),

// validate data against schema
  .then(validData => {
    // valid! 

Yup has validation methods for types, length, custom tests and more.


  • Formik manages state and submission
  • React Hook Form uses custom hooks
  • Yup validates with a schema

Leveraging great libraries helps tackle the complexity of forms in React.