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  • Last Updated : 23 Jul, 2020

jQuery is a Javascript library. An unobtrusive validation in jQuery is a set of ASP.Net MVC HTML helper extensions.By using jQuery Validation data attributes along with HTML 5 data attributes, you can perform validation to the client-side.

Unobtrusive Validation means without writing a lot of validation code, you can perform simple client-side validation by adding the suitable attributes and including the suitable script files.

    These unobtrusive validation libraries need to be added:

  • jquery.validate.min.js
  • jquery.validate.unobtrusive.js

    Installation via Package Managers:

  • Bower: bower install jquery-validation
  • NuGet: Install-Package jQuery.Validation
  • NPM  : npm i jquery-validation 

    List of some data validation attribute:

  1. Required
    • data-val-required=”This is required.”
    • data-val=”true/false”
  2. EmailAddress
    • data-val-email=”Error message”
  3. MaxLength

    • data-val-maxlength=”Error message”
    • data-val-maxlength-max=”Maximum length (e.g. 5)”
  4. MinLength
    • data-val-minlength=”Error message”
    • data-val-minlength-min=”Minimum length (e.g. 2)”

Method for unobtrusive validation:

Firstly, we need to add those libraries in the script of HTML files. These libraries provide a list of data attributes (data-val, data-val-required, and many more) for validation. Then the form should be built according to the requirements in which different types of data attributes can be used.


<!DOCTYPE html>
        <!--These validation libraries need to be 
        included for unobtrusive validation -->
        <script src=
        <script src=
        <script src=
        <form id="myform">
                <label for="roll">Roll no.</label>
                <!-- data-val-required is used to 
                   specify the msg for each rule -->
                <!-- data-val is used to add rules to 
                      the input elements -->
                <input name="roll" 
                       data-val-required="Roll no. is required." 
                       style="margin-left: 15px;" /><br />
                <span data-valmsg-for="roll" 
                      style="margin-left: 75px; color: red;" />
                <label for="name">Name</label>
                <input name="name" 
                       data-val-required="Name is required."
                       style="margin-left: 30px;" /><br />
                <span data-valmsg-for="name" 
                      style="margin-left: 75px; color: red;" />
                <label for="mobile">Mobile no.</label>
                <input name="mobile" 
                       data-val-required="Mobile no. is required." 
                       data-val="true" /><br />
                <span data-valmsg-for="mobile" 
                      style="margin-left: 78px; color: red;" />
                <label for="email">E-Mail </label>
                <input type="email" name="email" 
                       data-val-required="Email is required." 
                       style="margin-left: 30px;" /><br />
                <span data-valmsg-for="email" 
                      style="margin-left: 80px; color: red;" />
                <input class="submit" 
                       value="Submit" />


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