jQuery plugin that makes it easy to validate user input while keeping your HTML markup clean from javascript code.
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jQuery Form Validator

With this feature rich jQuery plugin it becomes easy to validate user input while keeping your HTML markup clean from javascript code. Even though this plugin has a wide range of validation functions it's designed to require as little bandwidth as possible. This is achieved by grouping together validation functions in "modules", making it possible for the programmer to load only those functions that's needed to validate a particular form.

Form demos and full documentations is available at http://formvalidator.net/

Usage example

<form action="" method="POST">
    Name (4 characters minimum):
    <input name="user" data-validation="length" data-validation-length="min4" />
    Birthdate (yyyy-mm-dd):
    <input name="birth" data-validation="birthdate" />
    <input name="website" data-validation="url" />
    <input type="submit" />
<script src="js/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/form-validator/jquery.form-validator.min.js"></script>
/* important to locate this script AFTER the closing form element, so form object is loaded in DOM before setup is called */
        modules : 'date, security'

Moving up to version 2.0

So what has changed since version 1.x?

  • A whole bunch of validation functions have been added (see below).
  • A modular design have been introduced, which means that some validation functions is default and others is part of a module. This in turn lowers server and bandwidth costs.
  • You no longer need to prefix the validation rules with "validate_".
  • Error message position now defaults to "element".
  • The optional features (validateOnBlur and showHelpOnFocus) is now enabled by default.
  • The function $.validate(config) is introduced to reduce the amount of code that has to be written when initiating the form validation.
  • Demos and full documentation is now available at http://formvalidator.net/

Default validators and features (no module needed)

  • url
  • email
  • domaindomain.com
  • numberfloat/negative/positive
  • dateyyyy-mm-dd (format can be customized, more information below)
  • alphanumericwith support for defining additional characters
  • lengthmin/max/range
  • requiredno validation except that a value has to be given
  • customValidate value against regexp
  • checkboxgroupensure at least 1 checkbox in group has been selected
  • Show help information automatically when input is focused
  • Validate given values immediately when input looses focus.
  • Make validation optional by adding attribute data-validation-optional="true" to the element. This means that the validation defined in data-validation only will take place in case a value is given.
  • Make validation dependent on another input of type checkbox being checked by adding attribute data-validation-if-checked="name of checkbox input"
  • Create input suggestions with ease, no jquery-ui needed

Read the documentation for the default features at http://formvalidator.net/#default-validators

Module: security

  • spamcheck
  • confirmation
  • strengthValidate the strength of a password (strength strength3)
  • backendValidate value of input on server side

Read the documentation for the security module at http://formvalidator.net/#security-validators

Module: date

  • timehh:mm
  • birthdateyyyy-mm-dd, not allowing dates in the future or dates that's older than 122 years (format can be customized, more information below)

Read the documentation for the date module at http://formvalidator.net/#date-validators

Module: location

  • country
  • federatestate
  • longlat
  • Suggest countries (english only)
  • Suggest states in the US

Read the documentation for the location module at http://formvalidator.net/#location-validators

Module: file

  • mime
  • extension
  • size

Read the documentation for the file module at http://formvalidator.net/#file-validators

Module: sweden

  • swemobvalidate that the value is a swedish mobile telephone number
  • swesecvalidate swedish social security number
  • county - validate that the value is an existing county in Sweden
  • municipality - validate that the value is an existing municipality in Sweden
  • Suggest county
  • Suggest municipality

Read the documentation for the Swedish module at http://formvalidator.net/#sweden-validators

Module: uk

  • ukvatnumber

Read the documentation for the UK module at http://formvalidator.net/#uk-validators

Writing a custom validator

You can use the function $.formUtils.addValidator() to add your own validation function. Here's an example of a validator that checks if the input contains an even number.

<form action="" method="POST">
        <input type="text" data-validation="even" />
<script src="js/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/form-validator/jquery.form-validator.min.js"></script>

    // Add validator
        name : 'even',
        validatorFunction : function(value, $el, config, language, $form) {
            return parseInt(value, 10) % 2 === 0;
        errorMessage : 'You have to answer an even number',
        errorMessageKey: 'badEvenNumber'

    // Initiate form validation


Required properties passed into $.formUtils.addValidator

name - The name of the validator, which is used in the validation attribute of the input element.

validatorFunction - Callback function that validates the input. Should return a boolean telling if the value is considered valid or not.

errorMessageKey - Name of language property that is used in case the value of the input is invalid.

errorMessage - An alternative error message that is used if errorMessageKey is left with an empty value or isn't defined in the language object. Note that you also can use inline error messages in your form.

The validation function takes these five arguments:

  • value — the value of the input thats being validated
  • $el — jQuery object referring to the input element being validated
  • config — Object containing the configuration of this form validation
  • language — Object with error dialogs
  • $form — jQuery object referring to the form element being validated

Creating a custom module

A "module" is basically a javascript file containing one or more calls to $.formUtils.addValidator(). The module file should either have the file extension .js (as an ordinary javascript file) or .dev.js.

Using the file extension .dev.js will tell $.formUtils.loadModules to always append a timestamp to the end of the URL, so that the browser never caches the file. You should of course never use .dev.js on a production website.

Loading your module

    <script src="js/form-validator/jquery.form-validator.min.js"></script>
        $.formUtils.loadModules('mymodule.dev', 'js/validation-modules/');

The first argument of $.formUtils.loadModules is a comma separated string with names of module files, without file extension (add .dev if the file name is for example mymodule.dev.js, this will insure that the browser never caches the javascript).

The second argument is the path where the module files is located. This argument is optional, if not given the module files has to be located in the same directory as the core modules shipped together with this jquery plugin (js/form-validator/)

Show help information

It is possible to display help information for each input. The information will fade in when input is focused and fade out when input looses focus.

<form action="" id="my_form">
	  <strong>Why not:</strong>
	  <textarea name="why" data-validation-help="Please give us some more information" data-validation="required"></textarea>

Fully customizable

Read about how to customize this plugin over at http://formvalidator.net/#configuration


This plugin contains a set of error dialogs. In case you don't define an inline error message the plugin will fall back on one of the dialogs below. You can how ever add the attribute data-validation-error-msg to an element, and that message will be displayed instead. All error dialogs can be overwritten by passing an object into the validation function.

var enErrorDialogs = {
    errorTitle : 'Form submission failed!',
    requiredFields : 'You have not answered all required fields',
    badTime : 'You have not given a correct time',
    badEmail : 'You have not given a correct e-mail address',
    badTelephone : 'You have not given a correct phone number',
    badSecurityAnswer : 'You have not given a correct answer to the security question',
    badDate : 'You have not given a correct date',
    lengthBadStart : 'You must give an answer between ',
    lengthBadEnd : 'characters',
    lengthTooLongStart : 'You have given an answer longer than ',
    lengthTooShortStart : 'You have given an answer shorter than ',
    notConfirmed : 'Values could not be confirmed',
    badDomain : 'Incorrect domain value',
    badUrl : 'The answer you gave was not a correct URL',
    badCustomVal : 'You gave an incorrect answer',
    badInt : 'The answer you gave was not a correct number',
    badSecurityNumber : 'Your social security number was incorrect',
    badUKVatAnswer : 'Incorrect UK VAT Number',
    badStrength : 'The password isn\'t strong enough',
    badNumberOfSelectedOptionsStart : 'You have to choose at least ',
    badNumberOfSelectedOptionsEnd : ' answers',
    badAlphaNumeric : 'The answer you gave must contain only alphanumeric characters ',
    badAlphaNumericExtra: ' and ',
    wrongFileSize : 'The file you are trying to upload is too large',
    wrongFileType : 'The file you are trying to upload is of wrong type',
    groupCheckedTooFewStart : 'Please choose at least ',
    groupCheckedTooManyStart : 'Please choose a maximum of ', 
    groupCheckedRangeStart : 'Please choose between ',
    groupCheckedEnd : ' item(s)'
<form action="script.php">
<script src="js/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/form-validator/jquery.form-validator.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/form-validator/locale.en.js"></script>
    language : enErrorDialogs

It's also possible to add inline error messages. If you add attribute data-validation-error-msg to an element the value of that attribute will be displayed instead of the error dialog that the validation function refers to.

Input length restriction

  History (<span id="maxlength">50</span> characters left)
  <textarea rows="3" id="area"></textarea>
<script type="text/javascript">
  $('#area').restrictLength( $('#maxlength') );

Program Flow

Form submit() event is bound to jQ func validateForm() when the form is submitted, it calls jQ func $.formUtils.validateInput, which calls validatorFunction for the specific validation rule assigned to the input element. If a validation fails, error messages are assigned and displayed as configured. If validateOnBlur is set to true, jQ finds all form input elements with the data-validation attribute and binds their onBlur event to call the function validateInputOnBlur. it calls jQ func $.formUtils.validateInput to validate the single input when blurred.



  • E-mail addresses can now contain + symbol
  • Correction of the US states in validation "federatestate"
  • Fixed bug in server validation


  • File validation now support multiple files
  • Length validation can now be used to validate the number of uploaded files using a file input that supports multiple files
  • Validation classes is no longer applied on inputs that for some reason shouldn't become validated


  • Now possible to configure the decimal separator when validating float values. Use either the attribute data-validation-decimal-separator or the property decimalSeparator when calling $.validate()
  • $.validationSetup is renamed to $.validate. You will still be able to initiate the validation by calling the $.validationSetup but it's considered deprecated.


  • Modules can now be loaded from remote website


  • Fixed language bug (issue #43 on github)
  • Validation on server side is now triggered by the blur event
  • Now using class names that's compliant with twitter bootstrap 3.x


  • Code refactoring and some functions renamed
  • Validator "checkbox_group" added


  • Now possible to validate file size, extension and mime type (using the file module)


  • [min|max]_length is removed (now merged with length validation).
  • The number, int and float validation is merged together, all three variants is now validated by the number validation.
  • Phone validation is moved to "sweden" module and renamed to swephone.
  • The attribute to be used when defining the regular expression for custom validations is now moved to its own attribute (data-validation-regexp)
  • Length validation now looks at attribute data-validation-length (eg. min5, max200, 3-12).
  • The validation rule no longer needs to be prefixed with "validate_" (it's still possible to use the prefix but it's considered deprecated).
  • Some validation functions is moved to modules (see the function reference over at http://formvalidator.net).
  • Added function $.validationSetup() to reduce the amount of code that has to be written when initiating the form validation.



Victor Jonsson


Steve Wasiura
Joel Sutherland
Matt Clements
Josh Toft
Andree Wendel
Nicholas Huot
Alexandar Blagotic
Yasith Fernando

Additional credits

Scott Gonzales (URL regexp)
Darren Mason (Password strength meter)
Steve Wasiura (Checkbox group)