25+ jQuery Plugins that enhance and beautify HTML form elements

Written by Kevin Liew on 15 Apr 2009
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Form Skinning

Frustrated with the form elements inconsistency among different browsers? With these jQuery plugins, you can unified the look and feel of all your form elements.

Form Validation

It's always good to have client side form validation. These jQuery plugin will save your times and works by reusing already made form validation.


Masking can help to avoid human mistake. I found these plugins are very helpful to guide users and decrease the chances of bad data.

File Uploader

These file uploader transform the orginal input file element into a more robust file uploader that able to upload multiple files and having a progress bar to indicate the upload progress.

Checkbox & Radio Button

Spice it up your checkbox and radio button with these jQuery plugins!

Spin Button & Slider

Spin button can be useful sometimes. The other alternative will be a slider.

Auto Complete

You must have seen the auto complete functionality from Apple.com, google.com and all the major websites. With the following plugins, we, too can implement it in our websites easily.

Calendar & Time picker

The old school method to let user select date and time are using drop down lists (day, month and year). Now, we can use a calendar, timepicker to replace the old way. Since it's picked from calendar, it decreases the chances of invalid date. I like them.

Drop Down Menu (Select Element)

Want to do more with drop down menu? These plugins able to add more capabilities to drop down menu.

Color Picker

If you are building some online tools that involves colours, I guess you will like the following plugins. jQuery based colour pickers!


Sometimes, we get really annoyed when we have to type in message in such a small space (a textarea), and we have to scroll up and down, left and right (sometimes) to read the entire message. Say no more to scrolling! Add this autogrow/resizer capability to textarea to avoid that.


All the plugins are implemented using jQuery, there are still heaps of them out there. Of course, you might able to find other good stuff which are not made from jQuery. If you wrote jQuery plugin that enhances form, and you think it's really cool. Drop me a comment, I will add it in.

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masud 13 years ago
Nice. Thanks a lot for sharing this.
hitesh 13 years ago
another simple version for jquery fancy checkbox is here http://jquery.co/fancy-checkbox-and-radio-button
DSKVR 13 years ago
FancyForm is a Mootools Plugin.
DSKVR 13 years ago
Also, Checkbox Radio Input Replacement is a standalone Javascript library. Looks like FancyForm is a Mootools port.
Bob 13 years ago
Now we just need a single Jquery plugin that does ALL of this and we'll be set! :-)
Neeraj Dhiman 13 years ago
I find the Focus Magic plugin to be very useful. It’s so simple but it sure beats having to do those forms by hand.
lou 13 years ago
I juste released a jQuery plugin that aims to be a drop-in replacement for the select tag with multiple attribute.
Ashwani 13 years ago
Very nice, thanks!!!!!!!!
masud 13 years ago
Nice post. thanks.
Van Pham 13 years ago
Thanks for your post.
Ismail 13 years ago
It is very helpful. Thanks a lot
KALAIARASU 13 years ago
Thanks for sharing online..
Dev 13 years ago
Thanks for letting me know.
keyuri 13 years ago
Nice. Thanks a lot for sharing this