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What does your makeActivityInfoUpdateHandler function look like?

I assume you did it by the following way, and just continue adding more code to make it work for you:

1/ Add ref to your Form, then you can access the Form in the parent (Modal):


        <ActivityInfoForm ref="activityForm" />


2/ Then in the makeActivityInfoUpdateHandler function:

makeActivityInfoUpdateHandler = (activityId) => {
    // ...
    // ...


The above code is the way you should do, please post here some more details in case this doesn't work yet!

=========== EDITED VERSION BELOW: (after discussion with the author, and we together found a good way around!):

The idea now is put the ref on a button (this button has type="submit", and it belongs to the form), then when the button outside is clicked, we just need to call the "click()" function of the ref button [which is a smart thinking from the author himself]

(Actually, component from semantic-ui is a modified and improved version, no longer the standard form, so my previous way above may not work when it tries to submit the form, however, the below way will work)

The code will now look like:

1/ Add ref to the button on the form:

<Form onSubmit={ this.handleSubmit} >
    <button style={{}} type='submit' ref={ (button) => { this.activityFormButton = button } } >Submit</button>

2/ Then in the makeActivityInfoUpdateHandler function, trigger click() of the above button:

makeActivityInfoUpdateHandler = (activityId) => {
    // ...;
    // ...



The selected answer was useful. But the method in it doesn't seem to work any longer. Here's how I went about it.

You can give a ref to the child component when it is being created.

<ChildComponent ref={this.childComponent}/>

And use it in the button's onClick method. (This is the code for the button)

<Button variant= "light" onClick={this.onClick}>  

(This is the onClick method)

onClick = (event) => {

I'm calling a method in the child component called handleSubmit. It can look like this.

handleSubmit = (event)=> {

    //Your code here. For example,
    alert("Form submitted");  


The simplest solution would be to use HTML form Attribute

Add "id" attribute to your form: id='my-form'

<Form id='my-form'>
                    <Form.Group widths='equal'>
                        <Form.Input label='Activity Name' placeholder='eg. CIS 422' />
                        <Form.Input label='Activity End Date' placeholder='Pick a Date' />
                    <Form.Group widths='equal'>
                        <Form.Input label='Total Capacity' placeholder='eg. 30' />
                        <Form.Input label='Team Capacity' placeholder='eg. 3' />

Add the appropriate "form" attribute to the needed button outside of the form: form='my-form'

<Button positive form='my-form' content='Submit' value='Submit'  />

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