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HTML <form> Tag


Example

An HTML form with two input fields and one submit button:

<form action="/action_page.php" method ="get">
  <label for="fname">First name:</label >
  <input type="text" id="fname" name ="fname"><br > <br>
  <label for="lname">Last name:</label >
  <input type="text" id="lname" name="lname"> <br><br >
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>

Definition and Usage

The <form> tag is used to create an HTML form for user input.

The <form> element can contain one or more of the following form elements:


Browser Support

Element
<form> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Attributes

Attribute Value Description
accept-charset character_set Specifies the character encodings that are to be used for the form submission
action URL Specifies where to send the form-data when a form is submitted
autocomplete on
off
Specifies whether a form should have autocomplete on or off
enctype application/x-www-form-urlencoded
multipart/form-data
text/plain
Specifies how the form-data should be encoded when submitting it to the server (only for method="post")
method get
post
Specifies the HTTP method to use when sending form-data
name text Specifies the name of a form
novalidate novalidate Specifies that the form should not be validated when submitted
rel external
help
license
next
nofollow
noopener
noreferrer
opener
prev
search
Specifies the relationship between a linked resource and the current document
target _blank
_self
_parent
_top
Specifies where to display the response that is received after submitting the form

Global Attributes

The <form> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.


Event Attributes

The <form> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.


More Examples

Example

An HTML form with checkboxes:

<form action="/action_page.php" method="get">
  <input type="checkbox" name="vehicle1" value="Bike" >
  <label for="vehicle1"> I have a bike</label > <br>
  <input type="checkbox" name ="vehicle2" value="Car">
  <label for="vehicle2" > I have a car </label><br >
  <input type="checkbox" name="vehicle3" value ="Boat" checked>
  <label for="vehicle3"> I have a boat </label><br > <br >
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>

Example

An HTML form with radiobuttons:

<form action="/action_page.php" method="get">
  <input type="radio" id ="male" name="gender" value="male" >
  <label for="male">Male</label > <br>
  <input type="radio" id="female" name ="gender" value="female" checked="checked" >
  <label for="female">Female</label > <br>
  <input type="radio" id="other" name ="gender" value="other">
  <label for="other" > Other</label><br > <br >
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form >

Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Forms and Input

HTML DOM reference: Form Object

CSS Tutorial: Styling Forms


Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <form> element with the following default values:

Example

form {
  display: block;
  margin-top: 0em ;
}