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Jason Melton
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Build This Cool Password Checklist with React and CSS

My other blog about building cool sign up form got a lot of attention, so I decided to write another tutorial for a ~cool form~.

Edit: I'm getting feedback that password checklists are an antipattern. However, you could easily adapt the concepts in this project to make a to-do list or cross off ingredients on a recipe, etc. See this thread for more info.

This is a tutorial for how to build this animated password checklist:

demo gif

get the code on GitHub


Table of Contents

  • Preliminary Junk
  • Update Password Form
  • MustContainItem Component
  • Validation Checklist Functionality

Preliminary Junk


To create this demo, I entered create-react-app into my terminal, deleted the preliminary junk, and set up a file structure like this:

file structure

I added some basic styles to things and created a class called cfb that adds a flexbox centering the children of an element to which it’s applied. Also, I found out some nice colors using

Update Password Form

This project’s purpose is to validate a password as it’s entered into an update form. The first thing I need is a password to validate. In UpdatePasswordContainer.js, I set up a form:

const UpdatePasswordContainer = () => {
  // form inputs
  const [passwordOne, setPasswordOne] = useState("")
  const [passwordTwo, setPasswordTwo] = useState("")
  return (
    <div className="UpdatePasswordContainer cfb">
        <h1> Update Password</h1>
        {/* update password form */}
        <form className="password-form cfb">
          {/* password one */}
              new password: 
             <input type="password" 
          {/* password two */}
              re-enter password: 
              <input type="password" 
                onKeyUp={validatePassword} />
            {/* input button */}

I will explain validatePassword() in detail later, but it checks the password to make sure it meets the requirements.

The allValid variable enables the submit button if the password passes all requirements.

Otherwise, this is a fairly typical React form. It’s inputs update the useState hook onChange for each input and then displays the useState variable as its value.

MustContainItem Component

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Each item on the list will be represented by a MustContainItem component which looks like this:

const MustContainItem = props => {
    const { data } = props
    const label = data[0] // name of item
    const meetsReq = data[1] // boolean of whether or not req is satisfied

    // returns string of classes based on props aliased meetsReq
    const setClass = () => {
        const classArr = ["must-line"]
        if (meetsReq) classArr.push('cross-out')
        return classArr.join(' ')

    return (
        <div className="must-item">
            <li className="must-text">{label}</li>
            <div className={setClass()}></div>

export default MustContainItem;

The MustContainItem takes props of data, which is an array containing a string that labels the item and a boolean of whether or not the requirement has been met.

In the div with class must-item, I put label in a li node. Then I created a div that receives its class from a function called setClass().

setClass() returns a string of classnames that will conditionally animate a line striking through label based on meetsReq, the boolean from props.

Here’s the CSS:

    margin-bottom: 1em;
    border: 0.1em solid #073B4C;

    position: relative;

    width: 15em;
    height: 1em;

    padding: 0.2em 0;

    border-bottom: 0.1em solid #073B4C;
    background-color: #DAF3FC;

    position: absolute;
    z-index: 0;
    top: 0.6em;
    left: 1em;

    width: 100%;

    padding: 0;
    margin: 0;
    line-height: 0;

    position: absolute;
    z-index: 1;
    top: 0.5em;

    width: 0;
    height: 0.2em;

    background-color: #EF476F;

    transition: 0.5s;

    width: 100%;

I give the must-item parent container a position: relative; so that the child li node and must-line div are positioned absolutely on top of each other.

must-line gets a z-index of 1. It's positioned on top of must-text which has a z-index of 0. It will cover the text when it appears.

Initially, must-line gets a width of 0. When I add the class cross-out, the div’s width expands to 100% and, due to transition, the div's width animates between sizes.

Validation Checklist Functionality

The final step is to actually check the password to see if it meets the requirements and update all the relevant components.

First, I set up a useState hook for each requirement that I want to put on a new password. Then, I set up a hook for when all the requirements are met, allValid.

  // booleans for password validations
  const [containsUL, setContainsUL] = useState(false) // uppercase letter
  const [containsLL, setContainsLL] = useState(false) // lowercase letter
  const [containsN, setContainsN] = useState(false) // number
  const [containsSC, setContainsSC] = useState(false) // special character
  const [contains8C, setContains8C] = useState(false) // min 8 characters
  const [passwordMatch, setPasswordMatch] = useState(false) // passwords match

  // checks all validations are true
  const [allValid, setAllValid] = useState(false)

Next, I set up an array of arrays. Each of the inner arrays contains the label string and corresponding useState variable to pass to a MustContainItem as props.

  // labels and state boolean corresponding to each validation
  const mustContainData = [
    ["An uppercase letter (a-z)", containsUL],
    ["A lowercase letter (A-Z)", containsLL],
    ["A number (0-9)", containsN],
    ["A special character (!@#$)", containsSC],
    ["At least 8 characters", contains8C],
    ["Passwords match", passwordMatch]

I map() this array creating a MustContainItem for each array in the array, passed to the component as props named data.

  {/* creates a MustContainItem for each password validation with props of label and boolean of state */}
  <h4>Must contain:</h4>
  <div className="must-container cfb">
    {> <MustContainItem data={data}/>)}

Everything is set up at this point except for the actual validating of the password.

I check the password after each character is added or deleted in case a required character is added and then later deleted. For this, I used onKeyUp. Each time, a key is lifted, I run the function validatePassword().

    <input type="password" 

validatePassword() runs a series of conditional statements.

 const validatePassword = () => {
    // has uppercase letter
    if (passwordOne.toLowerCase() != passwordOne) setContainsUL(true)
    else setContainsUL(false)

    // has lowercase letter
    if (passwordOne.toUpperCase() != passwordOne) setContainsLL(true)
    else setContainsLL(false)

    // has number
    if (/\d/.test(passwordOne)) setContainsN(true)
    else setContainsN(false)

    // has special character
    if (/[~`!#$%\^&*+=\-\[\]\\';,/{}|\\":<>\?]/g.test(passwordOne)) setContainsSC(true)
    else setContainsSC(false)

    // has 8 characters
    if (passwordOne.length >= 8) setContains8C(true)
    else setContains8C(false)

    // passwords match
    if (passwordOne !== "" && passwordOne === passwordTwo) setPasswordMatch(true)
    else setPasswordMatch(false)

    // all validations passed
    if (containsUL && containsLL && containsN && containsSC && contains8C && passwordMatch) setAllValid(true)
    else setAllValid(false)

Each conditional checks the passwordOne variable stored in a useState hook for a different thing. If passwordOne meets the requirement, it updates that specific requirement’s useState hook. If the hook updates, the strikethrough animation is triggered. Viola.

Hope this is interesting or helpful!
Again, you can find all the code here.

Best, Jason.

Top comments (9)

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Thomas Broyer

Really cool visually, but you may want to find another use case for such a checklist component because such password checklists are considered an antipattern for a few years now.

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Jason Melton • Edited

Thanks Thomas. This is good to know. I didn't realize. I saw one out on the web and tried to make my own for fun. Why do you think it's considered an antipattern?

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Thomas Broyer

Those restrictions don't make passwords more secure, annoy everyone, and make using password generators (hence password managers) harder. NIST, NCSC, etc. recommend against them.

See for example.

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Jason Melton

That's super interesting. Thanks Thomas. I am updating this blog to reflect your suggestion.

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Hey man, just came across your React + CSS guide to create this news sign-in form. As there are now more and more passwordless authentication options (e.g. passkeys), how would you design a user-friendly + innovative sign-in form for that?

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Haha, my name is Jason too

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Jason Melton

haha, always happy to meet another Jason. After those horror movies started coming out, our popularity really dropped.

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Edward Leung

Wow, this is a really cool blog post! Good job Jason

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Jason Melton

Thanks Edward!