How To Validate Checkbox In Jquery

Validating form inputs is an essential part of building a user-friendly web application. In this blog post, we will discuss how to validate a checkbox input using jQuery. Validating a checkbox typically involves checking if it is checked or not, and providing appropriate feedback to the user.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • jQuery library added to your project. You can either download it from the official website or include it directly from a CDN like Google or CDNJS.

HTML Structure

Let’s start by creating a simple form with a checkbox and a submit button:

    <form id="myForm">
        <label for="terms">
            <input type="checkbox" id="terms" name="terms">
            I agree to the terms and conditions
        <input type="submit" value="Submit">
    <div id="error-message" style="color: red;"></div>

In the above code, we have a form with an ID myForm, a checkbox with an ID terms, and a submit button. Additionally, we have a div with an ID error-message, which will be used to display the error message if the checkbox is not checked.

jQuery Code

Now, let’s write the jQuery code to validate the checkbox:

    $(document).ready(function() {
        $("#myForm").submit(function(e) {

            // Check if the checkbox is checked
            if ($("#terms").is(":checked")) {
                // Clear any error message

                // Submit the form or perform any other action
                console.log("Form submitted.");
            } else {
                // Show an error message
                $("#error-message").text("You must agree to the terms and conditions.");

In the above code:

  • We first wait for the DOM to be fully loaded using the $(document).ready() function.
  • Then, we bind the submit event to the form using its ID myForm.
  • Inside the event handler, we use e.preventDefault() to prevent the form from being submitted by default.
  • We use the :checked selector in combination with the .is() method and the checkbox ID terms to check if the checkbox is checked or not.
  • If the checkbox is checked, we clear any error message and proceed with the form submission (or any other action).
  • If the checkbox is not checked, we display an error message using the error-message div.


In this blog post, we discussed how to validate a checkbox input using jQuery. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your users provide the necessary consent before submitting the form. Keep in mind that client-side validation is not enough, and you should always implement server-side validation as well to ensure data integrity.