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jQuery Text Counter Plugin

A jQuery plugin for counting and limiting characters/words on text input, or textarea, elements.


Include script after the jQuery library:

<script src="/path/to/textcounter.min.js"></script>



Install using npm:

npm install jquery-text-counter



Install using bower:

bower install jquery-text-counter


Basic usage (view editable code):


Define maximum words and allow further input (view editable code):

	type: "word",
	max: 15,
	stopInputAtMaximum: false

Define minimum characters and set custom countDownText (view editable code):

	min: 20,
	countDownText: "%d characters remaining"


View editable example


By default the plugin creates and appends the following element after the input:

<div class="text-count-wrapper">
	Total Count:
	<span class="text-count">0</span>

If an error is present it is appended within the element. The input gains the inputErrorClass and count wrapper gains the counterErrorClass as defined in the options:

<input name="sample" class="error" />
<div class="text-count-wrapper error">
	Total Count:
	<span class="text-count">0</span>
	<div class="error-text">Error message text</div>



Fires when a counter reaches the maximum word/character count.


Fires when a counter reaches the minimum word/character count.


Fires after the counter is initialized.


Fires when counter is under max limit.


Fires when counter is under min limit.


type                        : "character",                     // "character" or "word"
min                         : 0,                               // minimum number of characters/words
max                         : 200,                             // maximum number of characters/words, -1 for unlimited, 'auto' to use maxlength attribute, , 'autocustom' to use a custom attribute for the length (must set "autoCustomAttr")
autoCustomAttr              : "counterlimit",                  // custom attribute name with the counter limit if the max is 'autocustom'
countContainerElement       : "div",                           // HTML element to wrap the text count in
countContainerClass         : "text-count-wrapper",            // class applied to the countContainerElement
textCountMessageClass       : "text-count-message",            // class applied to the counter message
textCountClass              : "text-count",                    // class applied to the counter length (the count number)
inputErrorClass             : "error",                         // error class appended to the input element if error occurs
counterErrorClass           : "error",                         // error class appended to the countContainerElement if error occurs
counterText                 : "Total Count: %d",               // counter text
errorTextElement            : "div",                           // error text element
minimumErrorText            : "Minimum not met",               // error message for minimum not met,
maximumErrorText            : "Maximum exceeded",              // error message for maximum range exceeded,
displayErrorText            : true,                            // display error text messages for minimum/maximum values
stopInputAtMaximum          : true,                            // stop further text input if maximum reached
countSpaces                 : false,                           // count spaces as character (only for "character" type)
countDown                   : false,                           // if the counter should deduct from maximum characters/words rather than counting up
countDownText               : "Remaining: %d",                 // count down text
countExtendedCharacters     : false,                           // count extended UTF-8 characters as 2 bytes (such as Chinese characters)
twoCharCarriageReturn       : false,                           // count carriage returns/newlines as 2 characters
countOverflow               : false,                           // display text overflow element
countOverflowText           : "Maximum %type exceeded by %d",  // count overflow text
countOverflowContainerClass : "text-count-overflow-wrapper",   // class applied to the count overflow wrapper
minDisplayCutoff            : -1,                              // maximum number of characters/words above the minimum to display a count
maxDisplayCutoff            : -1,                              // maximum number of characters/words below the maximum to display a count

// Callback API
maxunder                    : function(el){},                  // Callback: function(element) - Fires when counter is under max limit
minunder                    : function(el){},                  // Callback: function(element) - Fires when counter is under min limit
maxcount                    : function(el){},                  // Callback: function(element) - Fires when the counter hits the maximum word/character count
mincount                    : function(el){},                  // Callback: function(element) - Fires when the counter hits the minimum word/character count
init                        : function(el){}                   // Callback: function(element) - Fires after the counter is initially setup





  • stgeneral - count length newlines fix
  • moinism - callback API
  • benr77 - bower support
  • SammyB - countdown starting count fix
  • eprincen2 - jQuery Validate compatibility fix
  • Hexodus - minunder/maxunder events
  • juliovedovatto / alvaro-canepa - multiple classes support for counter container
  • dtipson - multiple classes error fix
  • jmichalicek - count carriage returns/newlines as 2 characters
  • diptopol - stopInputAtMaximum with twoCharCarriageReturn count fix, trimmed newline calculation fix, maximum text reached condition fix, text count overflow notification
  • trevorloflin - minDisplayCutoff and maxDisplayCutoff options
  • t3mujin - autocustom support (maxlength workaround), text fixes
  • goranmiric - accessibility enhancements


jQuery plugin to count words or characters and enforce min/max requirements.




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