How to get data passed from a form in Express (Node.js)

Use bodyParser.urlencoded() middleware:

const bodyParser = require('body-parser');
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({ extended: true }));

Then the form values will be on req.body:'/game', function (req, res) {
    res.render('the_template', { name: });

Setting { extended: true } allows the bodyParser to accept json like data within the form data including nested objects. e.g. { person: { name: Adam } } sent using javascript rather than the name value pairs which traditional HTML form send. If you don’t need that you can set the extended value to false. Not defining an extended option (i.e. using a default setting) is apparently deprecated and they seem to want you to decide whether you need nested options or plain name value pairs.

If you want to be able to parse form data for some routes and json data for others in your express server, you can use:

app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({ extended: <true|false> }))

urlencoded() for x-www-form-urlencoded content type

  • true – for nested data structures
  • false – for name value pairs

json() – for application/json content type

Note that form/multipart needs a different body parser (such as multer)

Update: fix if you get ExpressJS Error about Body-Parser being Deprecated


app.use(bodyparser.json()); //utilizes the body-parser package
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({extended: true}));


app.use(express.json()); // Used to parse JSON bodies
app.use(express.urlencoded()); //Parse URL-encoded bodies

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