How To Validate Radio Button In Jquery

Radio buttons are a common element in web forms, allowing users to select one option from a list of choices. Validating radio buttons is an essential part of form validation to ensure that the user has made a selection before submitting the form. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to validate radio buttons in jQuery, a popular JavaScript library that simplifies working with HTML documents.


To follow along with the examples in this tutorial, make sure you have the following:

  • jQuery library included in your HTML file. You can download it from jQuery’s website or include it from a CDN like cdnjs.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript/jQuery.

Creating the HTML structure

Let’s start by creating the HTML structure for our radio buttons. In this example, we’ll create a simple form that asks the user to select their favorite fruit from a list of options.

<form id=”fruitForm”>
<h3>Select your favorite fruit:</h3>
<label><input type=”radio” name=”fruit” value=”apple”> Apple</label>
<label><input type=”radio” name=”fruit” value=”banana”> Banana</label>
<label><input type=”radio” name=”fruit” value=”orange”> Orange</label>
<label><input type=”radio” name=”fruit” value=”grape”> Grape</label>

<p class=”error-message” style=”display:none; color: red;”>Please select a fruit.</p>

<input type=”submit” value=”Submit”>

In the code above, we have a form with four radio buttons, each representing a different fruit. Note that all radio buttons have the same name attribute, which is necessary for them to function as a group. We also have a hidden paragraph with the class .error-message to display an error message if the user doesn’t make a selection.

Validating radio buttons with jQuery

Now that we have our HTML structure, let’s write the jQuery code to validate the radio buttons when the user submits the form.

$(document).ready(function() {
$(‘#fruitForm’).on(‘submit’, function(event) {

if ($(‘input[name=”fruit”]:checked’).length > 0) {
// Validation passed, submit the form
} else {
// Display the error message

In the code above, we attach a submit event handler to the form. When the form is submitted, we prevent the default submit action using event.preventDefault() and check if any radio buttons with the name “fruit” are checked using the :checked selector.

If there’s at least one checked radio button (length > 0), we submit the form. Otherwise, we display the error message by changing the .error-message paragraph’s display property to block.


Validating radio buttons is an essential part of ensuring that users provide the necessary input in web forms. In this tutorial, we learned how to validate radio buttons using jQuery, providing a responsive and user-friendly experience for your website visitors.