Craig Irlam Craig Irlam - 5 months ago 19
jQuery Question

How to validate a form based on an array of values

I'm looking for the simplest way of validating a form, based on an array of values (this will be serial numbers so I have an array like this : abc123, xyz456, fghqwe, etc stored in a variable )

I have looked into some jQuery / Bootstrap validator plugins but was not able to come up with it.

So the code will check dynamically if a field = any of item in an array then success

I'm using wordpress + bootstrap



Hi Craig If you want to validate inputs according to your needs Jquery validate provides custom method support.

You can create your custom method like below

$.validator.addMethod("custom_function_name", function(value, element, param){

and call it from the rule's part of the validate method like below

rules : {
    property_name : custom_function_name

In your case you can use custom validation function like below(Sample Code)


<form id="testForm">
    <input type="text" name="firstName"/>
    <input type="text" name="lastName"/>
    <input type="submit">

JQuery :

    rules : {
    firstName : {   required : true,
                    presentInList : true
    lastName : {    required : true,
                    presentInList : true

    message : {
    firstName : { required : "Please enter"
    lastName : { required : "Please enter"

     submitHandler: function (form) {

var yourList = ["praksh", "Abhi"]

$.validator.addMethod("presentInList", function(value, element, param){
    if( $.inArray( value, yourList) != -1) {
        return true;
    } else {
        return false;
}, "not in list");

Demo :