React Emotion Multi-step Form

A multi-step form component library built with React and styled with Emotion.


A declarative component library where input components are displayed in a multi-step form format with smooth page transitions. It's built with React hooks and React Context API so that form state and input prop values can be reused for UI customization.


  • Declarative display configuration - captions, page height, input icon and input validation
  • Smooth/Optimized page transition animations
  • Accessible keyboard-only navigation
  • Responsive design
  • Custom hook to access form state and input prop values for UI customization
  • Supports SVG icons imported as React components (using SVGR that's built-in with Create-React-App)
  • Three Input Components:
    1. HTML Input with HTML5 form validation
    2. Single-select Input - Radio Input with declarative configuration of radio options
    3. Multi-select Input - Multi-select Combobox with Autocomplete and Typeahead

Getting Started

Peer Dependencies

The following packages are required to be installed as dependencies for using this library:

  • react: ^16.8.0
  • react-dom": ^16.8.0
  • react-scripts: ^3.4.0
  • @emotion/core: ^10.0.27
  • @emotion/styled: ^10.0.27
  • emotion-theming: ^10.0.27


npm install --save react-emotion-multi-step-form

Basic Usage

import React from "react";
import {
} from "react-emotion-multi-step-form";

// Import SVG icons as React components using SVGR (built-in with create-react-app)
import { ReactComponent as LinkIcon } from "./assets/link.svg";
import { ReactComponent as TreeIcon } from "./assets/tree.svg";
import { ReactComponent as PriceTagsIcon } from "./assets/price-tags.svg";

function App() {
  const { error } = useInputs(); // grab the active input's error message
  const handleSubmit = (data) => {

  return (
      <FormBody onSubmit={handleSubmit}>
          name="firstname" // name of each input component must be unique
          icon={LinkIcon} // icon to be displayed beside input component
          validationRules={{ required: true }}
          validationRules={{ required: true }} // default error message
          validationRules={{ required: "Please select an age group" }} // custom error message
          <RadioOption value="<15" />
          <RadioOption value="15-64" />
          <RadioOption value="≥65" />
      <div style={{ textAlign: "center", color: "red" }}>{error.message}</div>

// Wrap component with React Context.Provider and Emotion ThemeProvider
export default withFormContextAndTheme(App);

Learn how to get started here or check out the CodeSandbox.

All Examples

Check out the following CodeSandbox examples:

API Reference

The components and custom hook described below are publicly exposed in the top-level module.


HOCs & Hooks


The main component provided by the module which includes the body of the form, icon container, input container, navigation buttons, Tabs component and the Submit button. The icon container contains the icon of the currently active (displayed) input and the input container contains the active input (only one input can be active at a time). On click of the Next button, the active input is validated and the next input is made active if validation passes. The Submit button appears after the last input has been validated.


Name Type Default Description
initialFocus boolean true Specifies if the form (first input) should be focused on initial render
onSubmit function Invoked when the Submit button on the final page is clicked on. Receives an object where the keys are the input names and the values are the input values.
submitText string 'Submit' Text displayed on the Submit button
submitWidth number 110 Width in pixels of the Submit button


FormBody currently only accepts input components from this module as children. These input components will be contained within the input container and be displayed one at a time depending on which input is active.

  <FormBody onSubmit={handleSubmit}>
    <Input name="firstname" />
    <Input name="lastname" />

Input Components

This module provides the following custom input components to be used as form inputs within FormBody.

  1. <Input>
  2. <RadioControl> and <RadioOption>
  3. <ComboBoxMulti>

These input components all share the following props in common which allow them to be registered in FormContext and displayed appropriately:

Base Props

Name Type Default Description
name required string HTML name attribute for inputs - must be unique within form.
onChange function Invoked when controlled input value changes - receives the input value. Note: Input value state is managed internally and can also be retrieved with the useInputs hook.
label string Label text to be displayed as a "tab" above the input - if not specified, name is displayed instead.
caption string Caption to be displayed in the <Captions> custom component when this input is active.
icon elementType An SVG file imported as a React component. Refer to Basic Usage for an example or see the section below on importing SVG icons as React components.
height number 60 Specifies the height, in pixels, of the form body when this input is active. Includes top and bottom padding of 10px and excludes the tabs.
validationRules object Specifies rules that the input is validated against on navigation to the next input (i.e. clicking the Next button). On the first rule validation failure, navigation is cancelled and the form goes into an error state until the input is validated again and passes. The default/custom error message can be retrieved from the useInputs hook. See below for all available validation rules.

Importing SVG Icons As React Components

Refer to the section in the Create React App documentation on adding SVGs.

Validation Rules

Input validation rules are passed as an object prop into each input component. The object contains the following key-value pairs where the key is the rule name and the value describes the validation criteria and/or the custom error message. The following table lists all of the available validation rules that validationRules can contain for all input components:

Key Value Type Default Description
required boolean | string Specifies whether or not the input is required. Instead of true, a custom error message can be provided (as a string) to replace the default HTML5 validation message.
validate function Custom validation function that accepts two arguments, input value and input name, and should return true if the input value is valid or a string containing the error message if the input value is invalid.

Note: Additional HTML5 validation rules can be defined for the <Input> component.


    caption="What are your interests?"
      validate: value => value.length >= 3 || 'Please select at least 3 topics.'


The component to be used for standard HTML inputs. It accepts the base props and the following props:


Name Type Default Description
type string 'text' HTML type attribute - see full list of HTML input types.
title string HTML title attribute.
placeholder string HTML placeholder attribute.

HTML5 Validation Rules

In addition to the validation rules listed above, HTML5 validation rules can be specified for the <Input> component. The default error message for each HTML5 validation rule is the corresponding HTML5 validation message. Instead of a value, an object containing the value and a custom error message can be provided to replace the default HTML5 validation message.

The following table lists all of the available HTML5 validation rules that validationRules can contain for the <Input> component:

Key Value Type Default Description
minLength number | { value: number, message: string } Specifies the minimum number of characters for the appropriate input type.
maxLength number | { value: number, message: string } Specifies the maximum number of characters for the appropriate input type.
min number | { value: number, message: string } Specifies the minimum value for the appropriate input type.
max number | { value: number, message: string } Specifies the maximum value for the appropriate input type.
pattern RegExp | { value: RegExp, message: string } Specifies a JavaScript regular expression to be matched for the appropriate input type.

Note: Different HTML5 validation rules are supported by different input types according to this table.

Note: HTML5 validation is automatically performed on inputs based on the intrinsic constraints set by the type attribute (e.g. type="email" or type="URL").


    caption="Choose a username."
      required: 'Please enter a username for your new account.',
      pattern: {
        value: "[a-z]{4,8}",
        message: "Usernames must be lowercase letters and 4-8 characters in length."

<RadioControl> and <RadioOption>

The component to be used for radio inputs (single-select). <RadioControl> accepts the base props and accepts multiple <RadioOption> input components as children.

<RadioOption> accepts the following props:

Props (<RadioOption>)

Name Type Default Description
value required string | number Value of the radio option.
label string Label text of radio option - if not specified, value is displayed instead.


    caption="How often do you want to receive our newsletter?"
    validationRules={{ required: 'Please select a frequency' }}
    <RadioOption value="daily" />
    <RadioOption value="weekly" />
    <RadioOption value="monthly" />


The component to be used for checkbox inputs (multi-select). It includes many features such as autocomplete/autofilter, typeahead, and tokens. The selected options will be stored as an array of strings. <ComboboxMulti> accepts the base props and the following props:


Name Type Default Description
options [array, array] An array of two arrays containing equal number of elements. The second array contains groups of checkbox options (represented by arrays of strings) and the first array contains the headings for each of these groups. See examples below.


If the checkbox options can be logically separated into multiple groups, then the array passed into the options prop should be in the following format:

const options = [
  ['fruits', 'vegetables', 'meats'],
      'dragon fruit',

Otherwise, the array passed into the options prop should be in the following format:

const options = [
    ['red', 'orange', 'yellow', 'green', 'blue', 'indigo', 'violet']


This component uses the useInputs hook to display the caption of the currently active input. It accepts the following props:


Name Type Default Description
callToActionText required string Call-to-action text to be displayed on the final page with the Submit button.

withFormContextAndTheme HOC

This higher-order component (HOC) provides the wrapped component with access to the theme and FormContext which stores the form state. This HOC must be called with the parent component as follows:

const AppWithContextAndTheme = withFormContextAndTheme(App);
export default AppWithContextAndTheme;

Or simply:

export default withFormContextAndTheme(App);

useInputs Hook

This custom hook returns the following form state values from FormContext:

Returned Values

Name Type Initial Value Description
inputs Array<Object> [] An array of objects where each object contains the prop values of each input. Each input object contains prop-value pairs for the following props: label, caption, icon and height.
Note: On initial form render, inputs is always empty as all input components still need to be rendered once for their ref callbacks to "register" them in inputs (which triggers an immediate re-render).
activeIndex number 0 An index from 0 to n where n is the number of inputs in the form. The index specifies which input is currently active: 0 refers to the first input and n refers to the Submit button which comes after the last input.
changeActiveIndex function Accepts a number that should specify what to change activeIndex to (which input to make active). Input validation is performed on the currently active input only if the number is greater than activeIndex (going forward in the form).
activeInput object The input object from inputs for the currently active input. activeInput is null when activeIndex = n.
error { state: boolean, message: string } { state: false, message: '' } Error object containing the error state of the form and the error message to display.
Note: error.message must be added to the form as it's not displayed by default.
isSubmitPage boolean false Specifies if the form is on the last "page" with the Submit button.
inputValues object {} An object containing all form values where each key is the input name and each value is the input value. inputValues gets updated every time changeActiveIndex is called (e.g. on click of the Next button).


These values and functions can be used, as follows, to create a custom component for navigating backwards to previous inputs in the form:

// All custom components not defined here are just styled components (Emotion) that only contain styling

// Labels component
const Labels = () => {
  const { inputs, activeIndex, changeActiveIndex, inputValues } = useInputs();

  return (
      {(inputs.length > 0) ?, index) => (
            active={index === activeIndex}
            changeActiveIndex={() => changeActiveIndex(index)}
            activated={index < activeIndex}
        : null // render null on initial form render

// Label component
const Label = ({ 
}) => {
  const handleClick = event => {
    if (!activated) return;

  return (
      active={active} // for styling
      activated={activated} // for styling
      {inputValue || label}

Feature Roadmap

  • Web accessibility (WCAG 2.1 conformance)
  • Test coverage
  • Customizable theme/more props to customize styling
  • More input components:
  1. Range input (Slider)
  2. Toggle/Switch input
  3. Multi-select input - tag cloud format
  • Ability to have multiple inputs on one page with declarative configuration
  • Typescript support

Browser Support

Recent versions of the following browsers are supported:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox