50 jQuery Plugins for Form Functionality, Validation, Security and Customisation

Lets be honest, forms can be a pain in the ass to fill in. And for developers? There an even bigger pain in the ass to build. No one really likes them, as such, the most difficult challenges that a developer has to take on, when it comes to forms, is not only how to build a form that is easy and quick for the user to use, but also make it as accessible and usable as possible. Its not easy.

In this article we have collected 50 jQuery plugins to help you build powerful forms. If you are looking for solutions to any from issue, you will find the jQuery plugin solution here.

Form Functionality Plugins

Elastic – Make your textareas grow

Elastic – Make your textareas grow - jQuery Form PluginThis jQuery plugin makes your textareas grow and shrink to fit it’s content. It was inspired by the auto growing textareas from Facebook.
Elastic – Make your textareas grow »

jQuery “Highlight” Plugin

jQuery “Highlight” Plugin - jQuery Form PluginHighlight increases usability of forms by highlighting the elements as you interact with the page. Its primary use is for forms, but it can also be used for tables, lists, or any element that you specify.
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Autotab: jQuery Auto-Tabbing and Filtering

Autotab: jQuery Auto-Tabbing and Filtering - jQuery Form PluginAutotab is a jQuery plugin that provides auto-tabbing and filtering on text fields in a form. Once the maximum number of characters has been reached within a defined text fields, the focus is automatically set to the defined target of the element.
Autotab: jQuery Auto-Tabbing and Filtering »

Ajax Fancy Captcha

Ajax Fancy Captcha - jQuery Form PluginAjax Fancy Captcha helps you protect your web pages from bots and spammers by using a new, intuitive way of completing “verify humanity” tasks. In order to do that you are asked to drag and drop a specified item into a circle.
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jQuery NobleCount

jQuery NobleCount - jQuery Form PluginNobleCount gives you a dynamic display of the number of characters remaining in a textarea, Twitter-style.
jQuery NobleCount »

Password Strength Indicator and Generator

Password Strength Indicator and Generator - jQuery Form PluginThe Password Strength Indicator and Generator plugin lets you set the class of an element so that you can do a graphical representation of the strength.
Password Strength Indicator and Generator »

FormToWizard Plugin

FormToWizard Plugin - jQuery Form PluginThe FormToWizard plugin allows you to turn any form into a powerful wizard with jQuery with "steps left" information.
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Sliding Labels – jQuery Form Plugin

Sliding Labels - jQuery Form Plugin
Sliding Labels – jQuery Form Plugin »

ToggleVal

ToggleVal - jQuery Form PluginToggleVal gives you the option to populate the default text of form fields (in a few different ways), and will then toggle the default value when the field receives and loses keyboard focus.
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jQuery AlphaNumeric

jQuery AlphaNumeric - jQuery Form PluginjQuery AlphaNumeric is a javascript control plugin that allows you to limit what characters a user can enter on textboxes or textareas.
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Form Encyription and Password Security

jCryption

jCryption - jQuery Form PluginjCryption is a JavaScript HTML-Form encryption plugin, which encrypts the POST/GET data submitted by forms.
Normally, when you submit a form, data will be sent in plain text if no SSL is used. But SSL is not supported by every webhost nor it’s easy to install/apply at times. So in this situation the jCryption plugin helps you to encrypt your data with ease.
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Password Validation Plugin

Password Validation Plugin - jQuery Form PluginThis plugin offers a function that rates passwords for factors like mixed upper/lower case, mix of characters (digits, special characters), length and similarity to a username (optional) and gives a custom method for the validation plugin that uses the rating function to display a password strength meter, requiring the field to have a “good” rating.
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Password Strength – Estimates brute force time

Password Strength – Estimates brute force time - jQuery Form PluginPassword Strength tries to calculate how many possibilities the hacker needs to try to guess your password. It makes the assumption that it is possible to test 2800 million passwords per second.
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Password Strength Meter v2

Password Strength Meter v2 - jQuery Form PluginThe Password Strength Meter works by presenting a global variable score and at the end of the algorithm the plugin will decide the passwords strength according to the score value.
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Form Mask Plugin

Masked Input Plugin

Masked Input Plugin - jQuery Form PluginThe Masked Input Plugin allows a user to easily enter fixed width input fields where you would like them to enter the data in a certain format (dates,phone numbers, etc).
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autoNumeric()

autoNumeric() - jQuery Form PluginautoNumeric() is a flexible International numeric formatter, that will automatically place a thousand separator as you type and supports nine different rounding methods.
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Form Upload Plugins

AJAX Upload

AJAX Upload - jQuery Form PluginAJAX Upload allows you to easily upload multiple files without refreshing the page and can use any element to show the file selection window.
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jqUploader: jQuery Plugin for File Upload and Progressbar

jqUploader: jQuery Plugin for File Upload and Progressbar - jQuery Form PluginjqUploader is a plugin that substitutes the html file input fields with a flash-based file upload widget, allowing you to display a progressbar and percentage.
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Uploadify

Uploadify - jQuery Form PluginUploadify is a plugin that allows the easy integration of a multiple (or single) file uploads on your website. It requires Flash and any backend development language. An array of options allow for full customization for advanced users, but basic implementation is so easy that even coding novices can do it.
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jQuery Uploadprogress Plugin

jQuery Uploadprogress Plugin - jQuery Form PluginThis plugin will augment a standard file upload form with a transparent background upload and add a progress meter that will keep you graphically informed.
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Form Skinning and Customisation

jQuery Checkbox

jQuery Checkbox - jQuery Form PluginThe jQuery Checkbox plugin is a lightweight custom styled checkbox implementation that can also work with radio buttons.
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Jqtransform – jQuery form plugin

Jqtransform - jQuery form plugin - jQuery Form PluginThis plugin is a jQuery styling plugin which allows you to skin form elements with relative ease.
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In-Field Labels jQuery Plugin

In-Field Labels jQuery Plugin - jQuery Form PluginThis is a simple plugin that turns properly formatted HTML forms into forms with in-field label support. Labels fade when the field is focussed and disappear when text entry begins. Clearing a field and leaving brings back the label.
In-Field Labels jQuery Plugin »

Niceforms

Niceforms - jQuery Form PluginNiceforms is a script that will replace the most commonly used form elements with custom designed ones. You can either use the default theme that is provided or you can even develop your own look with minimal effort.
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jNice

jNice - jQuery Form PluginjNice makes it easy to style rough and simple html forms into beautiful web forms, checkboxes, input elements and selectboxes by creating custom looking form elements, that function just like normal form elements.
jNice »

Uniform – Sexy forms with jQuery

Uniform - Sexy forms with jQuery - jQuery Form PluginUniform masks your standard form controls with custom themed controls. It works in sync with your real form elements to ensure accessibility and compatibility.
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prettyCheckboxes

prettyCheckboxes - jQuery Form PluginprettyCheckboxes is for developers who wants to maintain a consistent style for checkboxes across all browsers. By using this script you wont loose any regular input usability.
prettyCheckboxes »

Form Select and Combo Boxes

jquery.combobox

jquery.combobox - jQuery Form Pluginjquery.combobox is an unobtrusive way of creating a HTML type combobox from a existing HTML Select element(s).
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JavaScript Image Combobox

JavaScript Image Combobox - jQuery Form PluginThe fully skinnable Image Combobox plugin allows you to add an icon with each option that works with your existing "select" element.
JavaScript Image Combobox »

SelectBox Plug-in

SelectBox Plug-in - jQuery Form PluginSelectBox Plug-in »

Two Sided Multi Selector

jQuery Two Sided Multi Selector - jQuery Form PluginThis plugin converts a multi select list into a two-sided multi-select list. This means you display a list of options in the left hand box and items you select are moved into the right hand box.
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flexselect

flexselect - jQuery Form Pluginflexselect takes the select box, and creates a hidden input element to track the associated value and creates a text input for the selection. It uses the LiquidMetal scoring algorithm to narrow the selection.
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Form Time and Date Pickers

jQuery.timepickr.js

jQuery.timepickr.js - jQuery Form PluginjQuery.timepickr.js has been developed in a attempt to make the process of inputing time in a form as easy and natural as possible.
jQuery.timepickr.js »

DatePicker

DatePicker - jQuery Form PluginDatePicker is a feature rich and easy to customize plugin that allows for single, multiple or range selection dates.
DatePicker »

jQuery datePicker

jQuery datePicker - jQuery Form PluginThis is a clean, flexible and unobtrusive plugin for jQuery which allows you to easily add date inputing functionality to your web forms and pages.
jQuery datePicker »

jQuery Week Calendar

jQuery Week Calendar - jQuery Form PluginThe jQuery Week Calendar plugin provides a simple and flexible way of including a weekly calendar in your application and has been inspired by other online weekly calendars such as Google calendar.
jQuery Week Calendar »

Form Auto-Suggest

AutoSuggest

AutoSuggest - jQuery Form PluginAutoSuggest is a lightweight jQuery plugin that will will dynamically create all the HTML elements that is needed for turning any regular text input box into an auto-complete box.
AutoSuggest »

Autocomplete

Autocomplete - jQuery Form PluginBy giving an autocompleted field focus or entering something into it, the plugin starts searching for matching entries and displays a list of values to choose from. By entering more characters, the user can filter down the list to better matches.
Autocomplete »

Ajax Autocomplete

Ajax Autocomplete for jQuery - jQuery Form PluginAjax Autocomplete allows you to easily create autocomplete/autosuggest boxes for text input fields with every query result being cached and pulled from local cache for the same repeating query. If there are no results for a particular query it stops sending requests to the server for other queries with the same root.
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FaceBook Like – jQuery and autosuggest Search Engine

FaceBook Like – jQuery and autosuggest Search Engine - jQuery Form PluginFaceBook Like is a powerful jQuery plugin that transform an input field into a real time autocompletion search engine, designed, as the name suggests, similiar to the one on Facebook.
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Form Validation Plugins

A jQuery inline form validation, because validation is a mess

A jQuery inline form validation, because validation is a mess - jQuery Form PluginWhen an error needs to be displayed, this script creates a div and positions it in the top right corner of the input. This way you don’t have to worry about your HTML form structure. The rounded corners and shadows are pure CSS3 and degrade well in non compliant browsers.

Validation

Validation - jQuery Form PluginThe Validation plugin is one of the oldest jQuery plugins (started in July 2006) available that has proved itself due to reliabilty, ease of use and extensive docs.
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Highly Customizable Yet Simple Form Validation

Highly Customizable Yet Simple Form Validation - jQuery Form PluginWith this highly customizable plugin the user can set his own class to define the rule, set events onError and OnValid for a particular class and you can also add their own effects, may be jquery animate().
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LiveValidation – Validation as you type

LiveValidation - Validation as you type - jQuery Form PluginLiveValidation is a small open source javascript library for making client-side validation quick, easy, and powerful. It comprises of two main parts. Firstly, it provides developers with a rich set of core validation methods, which can also be used outside the context of forms. Secondly, it provides your visitors with real-time validation information as they fill out forms, helping them to get it right first time.
LiveValidation »

Ketchup Plugin

Ketchup Plugin - jQuery Form PluginKetchup Plugin is a slim jQuery Plugin that validates your forms. It aims to be very flexible and extendable for its appearance and functionality.
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jTip – The Jquery Tool Tip

jTip - The Jquery Tool Tip - jQuery Form PluginjTip pulls content into a tool tip using the HttpXMLRequest object. By adding a class attribute value of “jTip” to a link element you can create a tooltip from the content found in the file the href is pointing too.
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jQuery Live Form Validation

jQuery Live Form Validation - jQuery Form PluginThis plugin helps you to easily create form validations with high flexibility and is a packaged with a huge set of options.
jQuery Live Form Validation »

Valid8 – An input field validation plugin

Valid8 – An input field validation plugin for Jquery - jQuery Form PluginValid8 solves both simple and complex validation scenarios. Everything from a basic required field to regular expressions, ajax requests and arbitrary javascript functions.
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jVal – jQuery Form Field Validation Plugin

jVal - jQuery Form Field Validation Plugin - jQuery Form PluginjVal is a jQuery form field validation plugin that provides an appealing animated message flyout that doesn't impede form layout/design while being user-friendly.
jVal »

The Original jQuery Plugin

jQuery Form Plugin

jQuery Form Plugin - jQuery Form PluginAnd if all of the rest of the plugins on this page can’t help, you can always rely on the original jQuery form plugin: jQuery Form Plugin »

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