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[BUG] Numericality validator does not work in some locales #13450

mervick opened this Issue Jul 25, 2018 · 3 comments


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mervick commented Jul 25, 2018

Expected and Actual Behavior

Numericality validator returns validation error 'Field :field does not have a valid numeric format' for valid float number when php uses locales which uses coma , in locality number format, for example ru_RU.utf8 locale

The main problem is that Numericality validator uses regexp:

if !preg_match("/^-?\d+\.?\d*$/", value) {

Code below perfectly demonstrates this bug
(make sure that you installed both en_US.utf8 and ru_RU.utf8 locales in your system)

$regexp = '/^-?\d+\.?\d*$/';
$number = 123.12;

$locale = setlocale(LC_ALL, 'en_US.utf8');
echo $locale; // en_US.utf8
echo $number; // 123.12
var_dump(preg_match($regexp, $number)); // int(1)

$locale = setlocale(LC_ALL, 'ru_RU.utf8');
echo $locale; // ru_RU.utf8
echo $number; // 123,12
var_dump(preg_match($regexp, $number)); // int(0)

Provide minimal script to reproduce the issue

class TestForm extends \Phalcon\Forms\Form {
    public function initialize()
        $el = new \Phalcon\Forms\Element\Hidden('price');
        $el->addValidator(new \Phalcon\Validation\Validator\Numericality());

function testNumericalityWithLocale($locale)
    $setlocale = setlocale(LC_ALL, $locale);

    if ($setlocale !== $locale) {
        throw new \Exception(sprintf('Looks like you need to install %s locale on your OS', $locale));

    $price = 123.12;

    $form = new TestForm();
    $data = ['price' => $price];

    echo 'Price is ' . $price . PHP_EOL;

    if (!$form->isValid($data)) {
        throw new \Exception($form->getMessagesFor('price')[0]->getMessage());

    echo 'OK', PHP_EOL;



php > testNumericalityWithLocale('en_US.utf8');
Price is 123.12

php > testNumericalityWithLocale('ru_RU.utf8');
Price is 123,12
PHP Warning:  Uncaught Exception: Field price does not have a valid numeric format in php shell code:18
Stack trace:
#0 php shell code(1): testNumericalityWithLocale('ru_RU.utf8')
#1 {main}
  thrown in php shell code on line 18


  • Phalcon version:
Web framework delivered as a C-extension for PHP
phalcon => enabled
Author => Phalcon Team and contributors
Version => 3.2.4
Build Date => Dec  1 2017 16:26:26
Powered by Zephir => Version 0.10.4-11e39849b0

Directive => Local Value => Master Value
phalcon.db.escape_identifiers => On => On
phalcon.db.force_casting => Off => Off => On => On
phalcon.orm.virtual_foreign_keys => On => On
phalcon.orm.column_renaming => On => On
phalcon.orm.not_null_validations => On => On
phalcon.orm.exception_on_failed_save => Off => Off
phalcon.orm.enable_literals => On => On
phalcon.orm.late_state_binding => Off => Off
phalcon.orm.enable_implicit_joins => On => On
phalcon.orm.cast_on_hydrate => Off => Off
phalcon.orm.ignore_unknown_columns => Off => Off
phalcon.orm.update_snapshot_on_save => On => On
phalcon.orm.disable_assign_setters => Off => Off
  • PHP Version:
PHP (cli) (built: Feb  6 2018 16:11:23) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache, Copyright (c) 1999-2018, by Zend Technologies
  • Operating System:
Ubuntu 16.04 - Linux  4.4.116 #1 SMP Thu Feb 22 08:45:34 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
  • Installation type: Compiling from source
  • Server: Nginx

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mervick commented Jul 25, 2018


It can be fixed if this line

if !preg_match("/^-?\d+\.?\d*$/", value) {

change to this

if !preg_match("/^-?\d+[\.,]?\d*$/", value) || !is_numeric(value) {

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JABirchall commented Jul 29, 2018

This would be an issue with other locales as well. I think EU uses comma seperated minor as well.


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sergeyklay commented Aug 2, 2018

@JABirchall, @mervick Could you please send a PR to the 3.4.x branch?

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@sergeyklay sergeyklay assigned Jurigag and unassigned Jurigag Aug 12, 2018

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