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jQuery Dynamic Forms

Plugin to dynamically create forms. The plugin has been originally designed to run on the server (in Node.js, using express-jsdom), but of course works perfectly well in the browser, too.



$('#elem').dynaform(data, setup)

Creates form elements as specified by the setup function and appends them to the matched element.

The Setup-Function

$('#elem').dynaform(data, function() {
        .text('email', { required: true })
        .list('links', function() {

The this object has a method for each available widget, i.e. the built-in widgets as well as the custom ones.

All these methods take up to three arguments (depending on their type and context):

  1. The name of the property to which the element is bound.
  2. Element-specific settings.
  3. A setup function for list-elements or nested objects.

Common Widget Options

The following options can be used for all widgets:

  • label Allows you to specify a custom label, useful for i18n. If omitted, the property-name, to which the element is bound, is passed to $.dynaform.naming.label().
  • required Marks the element as required.

Built-In Widgets


A simple textfield. Currently only the common options are supported.


A simple textfield. Currently only the common options are supported.


A jQuery UI datepicker. All options are passed verbatim to the jQuery UI widget.


A simple ckeckbox. Options:

  • checkedValue The value submitted to the server when the checkbox is checked, i.e. the value-attribute of the input tag.


A nested form. Example:

this.nested('address', function() {


A list editor. Options:

  • moveButtons Whether to show move up/down buttons. Default is true.
  • dragAndDrop Whether the items can be re-ordered using drag and drop. Default is true.


Registering Custom Widgets

You can register your own widgets via $.dynaform.register(builders). Here's an example of a simple password field:

    password: function(options) {
        return $('<input type="password">')
            .attr('value', options.value);

When a builder method is invoked, an options object is passed with the following properties:

  • name The parameter name to use.
  • value The current value
  • id A unique id
  • nested A nested setup-function.
  • ... Your custom options.

Naming Strategies

You may change the way how parameter names, ids, or labels are created, by overwriting any of the $.dynaform.naming functions.

Overwriting Built-In Widgets

If you register a widget with a name that already exists, the original implementation is passed to your builder-function as second argument. Here's an example that support for the rows attribute to the default textarea implementation:

    textarea: function(options, textarea) {
        return textarea(options).attr('rows', options.rows || 5);
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