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By default all major browsers have their own CSS styles for the error messages shown when a form is submitted and some of the fields are empty or with a wrong value.

With this jQuery plugin you can show identical styles for the errors in all major browsers.

In order to have a custom look for the bubbles across all supporting browsers the only option is to suppress the default bubble and implement your own.

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Good to know

The required attribute is a must in all the elements that you need to validate.

When you have to validate a group of <input type="radio" name="group-1"> they must have the same attribute name

The select element needs to have an empty option element as the first element so it can get an error if none of the other options are selected

Within HTML5 you can add an extra layer of validation by using the appropiate value for the type attribute used in the input tag.

Using the required attribute for a group of check boxes fails because when you submit the form the error message pops up for the unchecked boxes.

To solve this issue you need to add/remove the required attribute programmatically. This plugin provides an option that lets you pass the problem.

Google knows everything, checkbox issue

This is how your error messages will look after using this plugin.

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jQuery or not 😄

How to use the plugin

You will only need prettyFormError.min.js and prettyFormError.min.css.

You can grab them on unpkg CDN and use it like this:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="" media="screen">
<script src=""></script>
<script src=""></script>  

or found them under /dist/** folder and use it like this:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="prettyFormError.min.css" media="screen">
<script src=""></script>
<script src="prettyFormError.min.js"></script>  

or use npm to install the plugin and require the module within your project.

const prerttyError = require( 'pretty-form-error' );
prettyFormError( 'form', {options});

It is really simple to use it, just select your form with plain JS or jQuery and call the prettyFormError method.

// plain Js
prettyFormError('myFormSelector', optionalOpts);
// jQuery version

How to use it with React

class App extends PureComponent {
  componentDidMount() {
    const prettyErrorOptions = {
      classError: 'prettyFormError-black'
    prettyError( 'form', prettyErrorOptions );
  render() {
        <h1>prettyForm in React</h1>
          <input type="text" required/>

How to use it with Angular

angular.module('playground', [])
  .directive('prettyForm', function () {
    // Create a directive
    return {
      restrict: 'A',
      link: function (scope, element, attrs) {
        prettyFormError('form', scope.prettyErrorOptions);
  .controller('prettyFormCtrl', function ( $scope ) {
    $scope.title = 'prettyForm in Angular';
    $scope.prettyErrorOptions = {
      classError: 'prettyFormError-black'
<body ng-app="playground">
  <section ng-controller="prettyFormCtrl">
    <!-- Use the directive -->
    <form pretty-form>
      <input required type="text" />

Plugin Options.

The plugin is initialized with the following default options:

  multiCheckbox: {
    enabled: false
  classError: 'prettyFormError',
  positionMethod: 'after',
  elementError: 'div',
  callToAction: 'button',
  focusErrorOnClick: true,
  fadeOutError: {
    fadeOut: false


Use this option if you need to validate a group of checkboxes. disabled by default!!

    multiCheckbox: {
      enabled: true,
      selector: '.commonClassForGroup'
<p>Best topping ever</p>
<label for="pineapple">Pineapple:</label>
  <input required class="commonClassForGroup" type="checkbox" value="pineapple">
<label for="ham">Ham:</label>
  <input required class="commonClassForGroup" type="checkbox" value="ham">
<label for="olives">Olives:</label>
  <input required class="commonClassForGroup" type="checkbox" value="olives">


Name for the css class used for the error messages. The default one is prettyFormError but you could also use prettyFormError-black or prettyFormError-white


Where do you want to display the error, after or before the errored input.


HTML element that you want to use for wrap the errors.


HTML selector used to submit the form.


Use false if you want to disable this otpion.


By default the error message will persist on the screen, if you want to fadeout the error enable this option.

timer is in miliseconds.

  fadeOutError: {
    fadeOut: true,
    timer: [Number]


npm i pretty-form-error

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