Form validation made easy

forms, validation, validate
bower install jquery.validate


jQuery Validation Plugin - Form validation made easy

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The jQuery Validation Plugin provides drop-in validation for your existing forms, while making all kinds of customizations to fit your application really easy.

Help the project

Help the project

This project is looking for help! You can donate to the ongoing pledgie campaign and help spread the word. If you've used the plugin, or plan to use, consider a donation - any amount will help.

You can find the plan for how to spend the money on the pledgie page.

Getting Started

Downloading the prebuilt files

Prebuilt files can be downloaded from http://jqueryvalidation.org/

Downloading the latest changes

The unreleased development files can be obtained by:

  1. Downloading or Forking this repository
  2. Setup the build
  3. Run grunt to create the built files in the "dist" directory

Including it on your page

Include jQuery and the plugin on a page. Then select a form to validate and call the validate method.

    <input required>
<script src="jquery.js"></script>
<script src="jquery.validate.js"></script>

Alternatively include jQuery and the plugin via requirejs in your module.

define(["jquery", "jquery.validate"], function( $ ) {

For more information on how to setup a rules and customizations, check the documentation.

Reporting an Issue

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT EMAIL VALIDATION. As of version 1.12.0 this plugin is using the same regular expression that the HTML5 specification suggests for browsers to use. We will follow their lead and use the same check. If you think the specification is wrong, please report the issue to them.

  1. Make sure the problem you're addressing is reproducible.
  2. Use http://jsbin.com or http://jsfiddle.net to provide a test page.
  3. Indicate what browsers the issue can be reproduced in. Note: IE Compatibilty modes issues will not be addressed.
  4. What version of the plug-in is the issue reproducible in. Is it reproducible after updating to the latest version.


See the Contributing Guide


Copyright (c) 2013 Jörn Zaefferer Licensed under the MIT license.