Get the value of a checkbox in Flask

You don’t need to use getlist, just get if there’s only one input with the given name, although it shouldn’t matter. What you’ve shown does work. Here’s a simple runnable example:

from flask import Flask, request

app = Flask(__name__)

@app.route("", methods=['GET', 'POST'])
def index():
    if request.method == 'POST':

    return '''<form method="post">
<input type="checkbox" name="hello" value="world" checked>
<input type="checkbox" name="hello" value="davidism" checked>
<input type="submit">

Submitting the form with both boxes checked prints ['world', 'davidism'] in the terminal. Note that the html form’s method is post so that the data will be in request.form.

While there are some cases where knowing the actual value or list of values of an field is useful, it looks like all you care about is whether the box was checked. In this case, it’s more common to give the checkbox a unique name and just check if it has any value at all.

<input type="checkbox" name="match-with-pairs"/>
<input type="checkbox" name="match-with-bears"/>
if request.form.get('match-with-pairs'):
    # match with pairs

if request.form.get('match-with-bears'):
    # match with bears (terrifying)

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