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Credit Card Type Build Status npm version Bower

Credit Card Type provides a useful utility method for determining a credit card type from both fully qualified and partial numbers. This is not a validation library but rather a smaller component to help you build your own validation or UI library.

This library is designed for type-as-you-go detection (supports partial numbers) and is written in CommonJS so you can use it in Node, io.js, and the browser.


To install via npm:

npm install credit-card-type

To install via Bower:

bower install credit-card-type


var creditCardType = require('credit-card-type');
var visaCards = creditCardType('4111');
console.log(visaCards[0].type);  // 'visa'
var ambiguousCards = creditCardType('6');
console.log(ambiguousCards.length);       // 3
console.log(ambiguousCards[0].niceType);  // 'Discover'
console.log(ambiguousCards[1].niceType);  // 'UnionPay'
console.log(ambiguousCards[2].niceType);  // 'Maestro'


creditCardType(number: String)

creditCardType will return an array of objects, each with the following data:

Key Type Description
niceType String A pretty printed representation of the card brand.
- Visa
- Mastercard
- American Express
- Diners Club
- Discover
- UnionPay
- Maestro
type String A code-friendly presentation of the card brand (useful to class names in CSS). Please refer to Card Type "Constants" below for the list of possible values.
- visa
- master-card
- american-express
- diners-club
- discover
- jcb
- unionpay
- maestro
gaps Array The expected indeces of gaps in a string representation of the card number. For example, in a Visa card, 4111 1111 1111 1111, there are expected spaces in the 4th, 8th, and 12th positions. This is useful in setting your own formatting rules.
lengths Array The expected lengths of the card number as an array of strings (excluding spaces and / characters).
code Object The information regarding the security code for the determined card. Learn more about the code object below.

If no card types are found, this returns an empty array.

creditCardType.getTypeInfo(type: String)

getTypeInfo will return a singular object (with the same structure as creditCardType) corresponding with the specified type, or undefined if the specified type is invalid/unknown.

Card Type "Constants"

Named variables are provided for each of the supported card types:

  • VISA
  • JCB


Card brands provide different nomenclature for their security codes as well as varying lengths.

Brand Name Size
Visa CVV 3
Mastercard CVC 3
American Express CID 4
Diners Club CVV 3
Discover CID 3
UnionPay CVN 3
Maestro CVC 3

A full response for a Visa card will look like this:

  niceType: 'Visa',
  type: 'visa',
  gaps: [ 4, 8, 12 ],
  lengths: [16],
  code: { name: 'CVV', size: 3 }

Advanced Usage


var creditCardType = require('credit-card-type');
var getTypeInfo = require('credit-card-type').getTypeInfo;
var CardType = require('credit-card-type').types;


import creditCardType, { getTypeInfo, types as CardType } from 'credit-card-type';


creditCardType(cardNumber).filter(function(card) {
  return card.type == CardType.MASTERCARD || card.type == CardType.VISA;

Pretty Card Numbers

function prettyCardNumber(cardNumber, cardType) {
  var card = getTypeInfo(cardType);
  if (card) {
    var offsets = [0].concat(card.gaps).concat([cardNumber.length]);
    var components = [];
    for (var i = 0; offsets[i] < cardNumber.length; i++) {
      var start = offsets[i];
      var end = Math.min(offsets[+ 1], cardNumber.length);
      components.push(cardNumber.substring(start, end));
    return components.join(' ');
  return cardNumber;
prettyCardNumber('xxxxxxxxxx343', CardType.AMERICAN_EXPRESS); // 'xxxx xxxxxx 343'


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