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What is the name of user input for a text area?

I know this seems like an easy question, but I cannot find the answer.

I am switching from Streamlit to Dash, and that’s part of the problem. I am very new to Dash, only in the past few days.

Still, the answer to this one should be obvious.

In this text area, the user pastes a cooking recipe. I need to iterate over the lines in that recipe with a for loop. When I use the “value” to identify the submitted recipe, it does not work. When I use the “id”, it does not work. I have tried a dozen different, seemingly apparent ways to identify the text in the input textarea. I cannot make it work.

So how should I identify the contents of a text area to process it with a for loop?

Here is the code for the textarea:

app.layout = html.Div([
        style={'width': '1000%', 'height': 200},
		placeholder='Please paste your recipe here.',
    html.Button('Submit', id='textarea-state-example-button', n_clicks=0),
    html.Div(id='textarea-state-example-output', style={'whiteSpace': 'pre-line'})

Here is the for loop:

with open ("recipe_contents.txt", "w", encoding='utf-8') as recipe_contents:
	for line in recipe:
		print("Recipe contents witten to file.")

Thank you.


You should use “value”, but in a callback. Something like:

    Output('textarea-state-example-output', 'children'),
    Input('textarea-state-example-button', 'n_clicks'),
    State('textarea-state-example', 'value')
def update_recipe(n_clicks, textarea_value):
    if n_clicks > 0:
        with open ("recipe_contents.txt", "w", encoding='utf-8') as recipe_contents:
             recipe = textarea_value.split("\n")
	     for line in recipe:
        return "Recipe contents witten to file."

P.S: Not sure if you want width = 1000% or if it was a typo…

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Yep. that worked. Thank you.

Since that same callback already existed in my code preceding the function, I don’t understand how it made a difference.

Granted, I have much to learn about callbacks, so I yield to a higher power on that one.

I also had to move the return statement out of the loop or it broke after the first line. The 1000% was a typo though I was trying to figure out how to reduce the textarea to 80% without throwing the Submit button out of alignment.

But I will save that lesson for another day.

Thanks again.


In case this is helpful to someone in the future:

def update_recipe(n_clicks, value):

    if n_clicks > 0:

        with open("temp/recipe_contents.txt", "w", encoding='utf-8') as recipe_contents:

            recipe = value.split('\n')

            for line in recipe:




            return "Recipe contents written to file."
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