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How to use FormData in client-side React forms



  onSubmit={(event) => {
    const formData = new FormData(event.target);

Handling form data is a critical aspect of many React applications. Fortunately, React provides an easy way to handle form data by using the built-in FormData object. In this blog post, we will explore how to get FormData from a form onSubmit callback in a React application.

To get started, we first need to create a form component in our React application. For example, let’s say we have a simple login form with two fields, username and password:

function LoginForm() {
  function handleSubmit(event) {
    const formData = new FormData(event.target);

  return (
    <form onSubmit={handleSubmit}>
      <label htmlFor="username">Username:</label>
      <input type="text" id="username" name="username" />

      <label htmlFor="password">Password:</label>
      <input type="password" id="password" name="password" />

      <button type="submit">Submit</button>

In the handleSubmit function, we first prevent the default form submission behavior by calling event.preventDefault(). Then, we create a new FormData object by passing in the event.target object, which represents the form element that was submitted. We can then access the values of the form fields using the get method of the FormData object.

In this example, we simply log the username and password to the console. In a real-world application, we would typically use this data to send an HTTP request to a server.

In conclusion, getting FormData from a form onSubmit callback in a React application is simple and straightforward. By using the built-in FormData object, we can easily access the values of form fields and send them to a server for processing. This approach is flexible and can be used with any type of form, whether it includes text fields, checkboxes, or file uploads.