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Validating user input is an essential step in ensuring your web application functions correctly and securely. One common type of user input to validate is a date. In this blog post, we’ll go over how to validate a date using jQuery.


To follow along with this tutorial, you’ll need to have the following:

  • Basic understanding of HTML and JavaScript
  • jQuery library included in your project

Using jQuery Validation Plugin

The easiest way to validate a date using jQuery is to use the jQuery Validation Plugin. This is a powerful and flexible plugin that can help you validate various types of user input, including dates.

To use the jQuery Validation Plugin, you’ll need to include its script file in your HTML, along with the jQuery library. You can download the plugin or link to it from a CDN. Here’s an example of adding both:


    <script src=""></script>
    <script src=""></script>

Validating Date Input

To validate a date input field, first create an HTML form with a date input field, like this:


    <form id="myForm">
        <label for="date">Enter a date:</label>
        <input type="text" name="date" id="date">
        <button type="submit">Submit</button>

Next, add a script to validate the form using the jQuery Validation Plugin. In this example, we’ll use the date method provided by the plugin to validate our date input. Add the following code to your HTML file, inside a <script> tag:


    $(document).ready(function() {
            rules: {
                date: {
                    required: true,
                    date: true
            messages: {
                date: {
                    required: "Please enter a date.",
                    date: "Please enter a valid date."

This code initializes the jQuery Validation Plugin on our form with the ID myForm. We set the rules for the date input field to be both required and a valid date. If the user does not enter a valid date, an error message will be displayed.

Custom Date Format Validation

By default, the jQuery Validation Plugin validates dates in the format yyyy-mm-dd. If you want to validate dates in a different format, you can create a custom validator using the $.validator.addMethod() method. Here’s an example of validating a date in the format dd/mm/yyyy:


In this code, we’ve created a new validation method called customDate, which checks if the input matches the regular expression for the format dd/mm/yyyy. We then use this custom method in our form validation rules.


Validating date input is essential for ensuring your web application’s data integrity. With the jQuery Validation Plugin, you can easily validate dates in various formats, providing a better user experience and improving the overall quality of your application.