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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Rob Admin 12 years ago
Nice list of plugins, here is a color picker to add: http://www.websanova.com/plugins/websanova/color-picker
jp 12 years ago
thanks. good one
Ritesh Sanap 12 years ago
One Post worth to be Bookmarked, its a Really a great resource to a developers like me, and also i m now learning Basic's in jQuery, so more happy
anon 12 years ago
Uploadify is not a good uploader, its depended on flash and also documentation i lacking big time.
sommax 12 years ago
kul stuff :)
sdf 12 years ago
Francesco 12 years ago
I made JIC, that is a jquery plugin that makes simple to customize checkboxes and radio buttons by using images. I made it for a project and then I started selling it here http://codecanyon.net/item/jic-jquery-image-checkbox/676874
LombardiX 12 years ago
Thanks a lot man for sharing the link ... great plugin exactly what I was looking for !!! I'll buy it!!!!
Nispaara Solutions 12 years ago
its a Really a great resource to the developers..Thanks For sharing this stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Harinder Maan 12 years ago
This very help-full for me.thanx for sharing
chandan singh 12 years ago
thanks for help
Juzer 12 years ago
I think this should be also listed : http://www.pkoretic.net/csTransPie/
Trung 11 years ago
This is another useful form - select list jquery plugin