When working with forms HTML elements are seldom enough to create beatufil and intuitive UI's. That's why react-fluent-form was build to be customizable, so custom field types can be added. In some cases it's enought to use field.raw (s. below).

If you maybe have your own validation library or you just don't like yup, also a custom validator can be provided.

Using the raw field

For components like react-datepicker it's not necessary to implement a custom field. react-fluent-form comes with a raw field type which works for components with following characteristics:

  • it has value-like and a onChange-like prop
  • value has the same type as the first parameter of onChange handler
  • it optionally has a onBlur-like prop to indicate when the field is touched

*-like means it must not have the same name, but the same type. E.g. the value prop in react-datepicker is called selected.

For raw fields it's required to pass an initial value, otherwise it will be undefined.

const formConfig = createForm()({
// there is also a withOnChangeProp and withOnBlurProp option!
dateOfBirth: field.raw(new Date()).withValueProp("selected")
const MyForm = () => {
const { fields } = useFluentForm(formConfig);

The type of fields object would look like this:

type FieldsType = {
dateOfBirth: {
selected: Date;
onChange: (newValue: Date) => void;
onBlur: () => void; // will just set the "touched" state to true

Adding custom fields

First of all a new class needs to be implemented which extends Fields, the base class of every field. It's required to implement a function called mapToComponentProps which receives a parameter with following properties:

  • value: ValueType: the current value stored in state of useFluentForm. Map this to the value prop of your component.
  • setValue(v: ValueType): whenever your component changed its value, this function should be called (often it's an onChange-like event)
  • setTouched(value: boolean = true): call this function when your component has been touched. For most cases this function should be called when the onBlur event was triggered.

Imagine you have implemented a custom input field that has an additional prop called onClear which is called when the input should be cleared. On top of that you have an option to disable this functionality using the clearable prop:

import { Field } from "react-fluent-form";
export class ClearableTextField extends Field {
constructor(initialValue = "") {
this.clearable = true;
// add functions to configure your field
// NOTE: configuration functions should always return "this" to stay conform to the fluent API syntax
isClearable = (value = true) => {
this.clearable = value;
return this;
mapToComponentProps = ({ value, setValue, setTouched }) => ({
clearable: this.clearable,
onBlur: () => {
onChange: e => {
onClear: () => {

For convenience purposes there is also a utility function named addField that adds a custom field to the field instance exported by react-fluent-form (which is actually adding a new function to FieldCreator.prototype). addField should be called in a top level file:

import { addField } from "react-fluent-form";
addField("clearableText", intialValue => new ClearableTextField(initialValue));

The newly added field can then be used e.g. like so:

const formConfig = createForm()({
username: field.clearableText("initial value").isClearable(false)

Adding custom validator

To add a custom validator a class need to be implemented which extends Validator. The only function that needs to be implemented is validateField, which is called with following parameters:

  • field: KeyType: name of the field that should be validated
  • values: ValuesType: current values of the form
  • context: object: current context value

For the sake of simplicity lets assume you just want to have an optional required check on your fields. An implementation could look like following:

import { Validator } from "react-fluent-form";
export class RequiredValidator extends Validator {
constructor(requiredFields) {
this.requiredFields = requiredFields;
public validateField(
_context // not relevant for this example
) {
if (this.requiredFields[field] && !values[field]) {
return "field is required";

Using withCustomValidator a custom validator can be added to your form config:


Attaching a custom validator will remove the DefaultValidator.

const formConfig = createForm()({
username: field.text(),
}).withCustomValidator(new RequiredValidator({
username: true,
email: true