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HTML Forms and Input
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HTML Forms are used to select different kinds of user input.


Try it Yourself - Examples

Create text fields
How to create text fields. The user can write text in a text field.

Create password field
How to create a password field.

(You can find more examples at the bottom of this page)

HTML Forms

HTML forms are used to pass data to a server.

An HTML form can contain input elements like text fields, checkboxes, radio-buttons, submit buttons and more. A form can also contain select lists, textarea, fieldset, legend, and label elements.

The <form> tag is used to create an HTML form:

input elements

HTML Forms - The Input Element

The most important form element is the <input> element.

The <input> element is used to select user information.

An <input> element can vary in many ways, depending on the type attribute. An <input> element can be of type text field, checkbox, password, radio button, submit button, and more.

The most common input types are described below.

Text Fields

<input type="text"> defines a one-line input field that a user can enter text into:

First name: <input type="text" name="firstname"><br>
Last name: <input type="text" name="lastname">

How the HTML code above looks in a browser:

First name:
Last name:

Note: The form itself is not visible. Also note that the default width of a text field is 20 characters. 

Password Field

<input type="password"> defines a password field:

Password: <input type="password" name="pwd">

How the HTML code above looks in a browser:


Note: The characters in a password field are masked (shown as asterisks or circles).

Radio Buttons

<input type="radio"> defines a radio button. Radio buttons let a user select ONLY ONE of a limited number of choices:

<input type="radio" name="sex" value="male">Male<br>
<input type="radio" name="sex" value="female">Female

How the HTML code above looks in a browser:



<input type="checkbox"> defines a checkbox. Checkboxes let a user select ZERO or MORE options of a limited number of choices.

<input type="checkbox" name="vehicle" value="Bike">I have a bike<br>
<input type="checkbox" name="vehicle" value="Car">I have a car

How the HTML code above looks in a browser:

I have a bike
I have a car

Submit Button

<input type="submit"> defines a submit button.

A submit button is used to send form data to a server. The data is sent to the page specified in the form's action attribute. The file defined in the action attribute usually does something with the received input:

<form name="input" action="/myaccount/" method="get">
Username: <input type="text" name="user">
<input type="submit" value="Submit">

How the HTML code above looks in a browser:


If you type some characters in the text field above, and click the "Submit" button, the browser will send your input to a page called "html_form_action.asp". The page will show you the received input.

 More Input Examples

How to create radio buttons.

How to create checkboxes. A user can select or unselect a checkbox.

Simple drop-down list
How to create a simple drop-down list.

Drop-down list with a pre-selected value
How to create a drop-down list with a pre-selected value.

How to create a multi-line text input control. In a text-area the user can write an unlimited number of characters.

Create a button
How to create a button.

 Form Examples

How to create a border around elements in a form.

Form with text fields and a submit button
How to create a form with two text fields and a submit button.

Form with checkboxes
How to create a form with two checkboxes and a submit button.

Form with radio buttons
How to create a form with two radio buttons, and a submit button.

Send e-mail from a form
How to send e-mail from a form.

HTML Form Tags

New : New tags in HTML5.

<form>Defines an HTML form for user input
<input>Defines an input control
<textarea>Defines a multiline input control (text area)
<label>Defines a label for an <input> element
<fieldset>Groups related elements in a form
<legend>Defines a caption for a <fieldset> element
<select>Defines a drop-down list
<optgroup>Defines a group of related options in a drop-down list
<option>Defines an option in a drop-down list
<button>Defines a clickable button
<datalist>NewSpecifies a list of pre-defined options for input controls
<keygen>NewDefines a key-pair generator field (for forms)
<output>NewDefines the result of a calculation





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