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React.js: Disable button when input is empty

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


I’m new to React.js, sorry if the question sounds too stupid for you.

I’m trying to disable a button when an input field is empty. What is the beest approach in React for this?

I’m doing something like the following:

<input ref="email"/>

<button disabled={!this.refs.email}>Let me in</button>

Is this correct?

It’s not just duplication of dynamic attribute, because I’m also curious about transferring/checking the data from one element to another.


You’ll need to keep the current value of the input in state (or pass changes in its value up to a parent via a callback function, or sideways, or <your app’s state management solution here> such that it eventually gets passed back into your component as a prop) so you can derive the disabled prop for the button.

Example using state:

<meta charset="UTF-8">
<script src="https://fb.me/react-0.13.3.js"></script>
<script src="https://fb.me/JSXTransformer-0.13.3.js"></script>
<div id="app"></div>
<script type="text/jsx;harmony=true">void function() { "use strict";

var App = React.createClass({
  getInitialState() {
    return {email: ''}
  handleChange(e) {
    this.setState({email: e.target.value})
  render() {
    return <div>
      <input name="email" value={this.state.email} onChange={this.handleChange}/>
      <button type="button" disabled={!this.state.email}>Button</button>

React.render(<App/>, document.getElementById('app'))