React Hook Form Controller Issues

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I have been using react hook form library with native elements but would like to switch to custom components using the Controller API.

I am having an issue with my custom input component updating React state but not updating the ref inside the form state. Thus, a required field is always marked as invalid and I cannot submit my form.

Here is a demo of my issue:

It should log out form data upon submission – but submission never happens because form is not valid.

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

I think I have narrowed down your issue. First I removed the rules={{ required: true }} from the controller and tried the form. It told me firstName: undefined. Then I commented out the onChange attribute. After that, the form is working fine. It seems that onChange should be used if you want to provide a custom value extractor. The value needs to be returned from the function. An example of a simple input would be this: onChange={([{target}]) => target.value} reference. Additionally, it is important to note that handleSubmit extracts some internal state with the values, like that you don’t need to keep track of those yourself.

This updated component seems to be working:

function App() {
  const { control, handleSubmit, errors } = useForm();
  // const [data, setData] = useState({ firstName: "" });

  const onSubmit = data => console.log(data);

  // const onChangeHandler = e => {
  //   const { name, value } =;
  //   const _data = { };
  //   _data[name] = value;
  //   setData(_data);
  // };

  return (
      {/* <p>{JSON.stringify(data)}</p> */}
      <form onSubmit={handleSubmit(onSubmit)}>
          label="First Name"
          // value={data.firstName}
          rules={{ required: true }}
          // onChange={([e]) => onChangeHandler(e)}

        <input type="submit" />

Just a side note, I’ve never worked with this library so only trust me as far as you can toss me.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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