Srikanth Sridhar Srikanth Sridhar - 9 months ago 82
Javascript Question

Javascript regular expression password validation having special characters

I am trying to validate the password using regular expression. The password is getting updated if we have all the characters as alphabets. Where am i going wrong ? is the regular expression right ?

function validatePassword() {
var newPassword = document.getElementById('changePasswordForm').newPassword.value;
var minNumberofChars = 6;
var maxNumberofChars = 16;
var regularExpression = /^[a-zA-Z0-9!@#$%^&*]{6,16}$/;
if(newPassword.length < minNumberofChars || newPassword.length > maxNumberofChars){
return false;
if(!regularExpression.test(newPassword)) {
alert("password should contain atleast one number and one special character");
return false;

Answer Source

Use positive lookahead assertions:

var regularExpression = /^(?=.*[0-9])(?=.*[!@#$%^&*])[a-zA-Z0-9!@#$%^&*]{6,16}$/;

Without it, your current regex only matches that you have 6 to 16 valid characters, it doesn't validate that it has at least a number, and at least a special character. That's what the lookahead above is for.

  • (?=.*[0-9]) - Assert a string has at least one number;
  • (?=.*[!@#$%^&*]) - Assert a string has at least one special character.