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Python Flask Forms with Jinja Templating



In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to use Python Flask and render_template to use Jinja Templating with our Form. The example is just a ui that accepts a firstname, lastname and email address and when we submit the form data, it renders on a table.

Install Flask

Create a virtual environment and install python flask

python3 -m pip install virtualenv
python3 -m virtualenv -p python3 .venv
source .venv/bin/activate

The Code

First we will create our application code in

from flask import Flask, render_template, request

app_version = '1.1.0'

app = Flask(__name__)

def root():
    return render_template('form.html')

@app.route('/result',methods = ['POST', 'GET'])
def result():
    if request.method == 'POST':
        result = request.form
        json_result = dict(result)
        return render_template("result.html", result=result, app_version=app_version)

if __name__ == '__main__': = True)

As you can see our first route / will render the template in form.html. Our second route /result a couple of things are happening:

  • If we received a POST method, we will capture the form data
  • We are then casting it to a dictionary data type
  • Print the results out of our form data (for debugging)
  • Then we are passing the result object and the app_version variable to our template where it will be parsed.

When using render_template all html files resides under the templates directory, so let's first create our base.html file that we will use as a starting point in templates/base.html:

mkdir templates

Then in your templates/base.html:

In our templates/form.html we have our form template, and you can see we are referencing our base.html in our template to include the first bit:

Then our last template templates/result.html is used when we click on submit, when the form data is displayed in our table:

So our directory structure should look like this:

└── templates
    ├── base.html
    ├── form.html
    └── result.html

1 directory, 4 files

Then run the server:



It should look like the following when you access http://localhost:5000/


After entering your form data, select "Submit", then you should see the following:


So you can see that our request data was parsed through the template and our app version variable as well.

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