SvelteKit Forms Simplified: Mastering Minimal Setup for Robust Actions

Effortless SvelteKit Forms: A Guide to Streamlined Server Interactions


In web development, forms are essential for user interactions, from sign-ups to feedback submissions. As developers aim for more efficient web applications, the need for streamlined form handling is crucial. SvelteKit, a modern framework, offers a simplified yet powerful approach to form management through unnamed and named actions.

This guide explores SvelteKit's form handling, providing insights for both beginners and seasoned developers to enhance server interactions and user experiences.

Svelte-Kit offers two types of form handling mechanisms: named and unnamed/ default actions.

Unnamed actions (default)

Unnamed actions are a default handling method where the form does not specify a particular action, submitting data to the same endpoint instead.

Named actions

Named actions, on the other hand, allow you to direct the form submission to specific endpoints by adding a query parameter with a name. This method provides more control and is ideal for handling different forms or submission types on the same page, making it a versatile choice for more complex scenarios.

Let's take a look at unnamed actions in detail

Basic form - unnamed action - default action

  1. All input fields must be wrapped within a form tag
  2. Every input field must have a name property
  3. The form must have method="POST"
  4. The form must include a submit button.
  5. Button type=submit not required
<main class="pb-20">
    class="navbar border-b-2 border-gray-500 border-opacity-25 bg-base-100"
    <h1 class="text-xl font-bold uppercase">Provide your name and email</h1>
  <form method="post">
    <div class="flex flex-col gap-4 p-4">
      <!-- name input field -->
        class="input input-bordered input-primary w-full outline-none focus:border-none"

      <!--  email input field  -->
        placeholder="Total Active Seconds"
        class="input input-bordered input-primary w-full outline-none focus:border-none"

      <div class="flex w-full flex-row gap-5">
        <button class="btn btn-primary flex-grow">Submit</button>


I have used Tailwind CSS and DaisyUI, which are utility-first CSS framework and component library respectively, to style the following code.

  1. When the submit button is clicked, it triggers the actions function defined in the +page.server.js file
    export const actions = {
      default: async ({ request }) => {
        const data = await request.formData();
        const email = data.get("email");
        const name = data.get("name");
        return { success: true };
  2. All the logs will be available on the server-side terminal
  3. If we want to receive the form actions result, we must return the object from the default object & on the +page.svelte file we need to declare export let form in the +page.svelte file to access the form submission results
    export const actions = {
      default: async ({ request }) => {
        const formData = Object.fromEntries(await request.formData());
        return {
          success: true,
          formData: formData,
      export let form;

Basic form - named action

  1. All the input field must be wrapped with a form tag
  2. Every input field must have name property
  3. Form must have method=”POST” & action property action="?/register"
  4. To invoke a named action, add a query parameter with the name prefixed by a ?/ character
    action = "?/register";