Editable Textbox in React

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by Abdul Rawoof A R dot icon Updated: Feb 7, 2023

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An object that we can add to our document that lets you put and type text anywhere in our file is known as a Text box. To make the TextBox read-only by setting the read-only attribute to the input element.

Make component editable in React,

  • Accessibility and inline editing.
  • With input create our inline edit component.
  • To make "click to edit" add CSS.
  • Then allow users to save when they press Escape or Enter.
  • Save on exit only.
  • On an empty string, add validations.
  • Finally, ensure that our component's functionality is with unit tests.

In HTML to edit the content, we'll use contenteditable attribute. It is used to specify whether the element's content is editable by the user or not. It has two values true & false. Set the value of contenteditable to true, then the element is editable. Likewise, if we set the contenteditable attribute to false then the element is not editable. We can make any element editable with the addition of the contenteditable attribute and this attribute is used all over the web.

Here is an example of how you can make Editable TextBox in React:

Fig : Preview of the output that you will get on running this code from your IDE.


In this solution we are using React library.


Follow the steps carefully to get the output easily.

  1. Install the Node.js and React on your IDE(preferable Visual Studio Code).
  2. Create React Application using npx create-react-app foldername.
  3. cd foldername.
  4. Open the folder in IDE.
  5. Copy the code using "copy" button above and paste it in index.js file(remove the earlier code from index.js).
  6. Import React, Component and ReactDOM in index.js file.
  7. Open the terminal from IDE.
  8. npm start to run the file.

You can also refer this url 'DEMO' for getting the above output.

I hope you found this useful. I have added the link to dependent libraries, version information in the following sections.

I found this code snippet by searching for 'how to make editable textbox in react' in kandi. You can try any such use case!

Environment Tested

I tested this solution in the following versions. Be mindful of changes when working with other versions.

  1. The solution is created in Visual Studio Code 1.73.1.
  2. The solution is tested on node v18.12.1 and npm v8.19.2.
  3. React version-18.2.0.

Using this solution, we are able to create an editable textbox in React with simple steps. This process also facilities an easy way to use, hassle-free method to create a hands-on working version of code which would help us to create an editable textbox in React.

Dependent Library

reactby facebook

JavaScript doticonstar image 209050 doticonVersion:v18.2.0doticon
License: Permissive (MIT)

The library for web and native user interfaces


            reactby facebook

            JavaScript doticon star image 209050 doticonVersion:v18.2.0doticon License: Permissive (MIT)

            The library for web and native user interfaces

                      You can also search for any dependent libraries on kandi like 'react'.


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