Web forms can be extremely painful to build, especially the countless functions and layouts. Luckily we have jQuery form plugins to help us with the validation, wizard progress, layout, autocomplete, date picker and many other functionalities.

As a user, it can be extremely boring and lengthy to fill in the registration form, or it can be fun and intuitive. It requires the developer to thoroughly think about the progress and basic functions. So today we would like to list those essential jQuery form plugins to help you every step of the way.

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Form Wizard Plugins:

Smart Wizard 2.0

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Smart Wizard is a flexible jQuery plug-in for wizard like interface. It allows to group contents into sections and so it saves page space and also gives a neat and stylish interface for users.

jWizard

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
jWizard contains several options to build a beautiful step by step form. You can choose to display the steps counter, percentage counter and many others.

jQuery Form Wizard Plugin

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
The form wizard plugin is a jQuery plugin which can be used to create wizard like page flows for forms without having to reload the page in between wizard steps.

jQuery Stepy

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
jQuery Stepy is a plugin based on FormToWizard that generates a customizable wizard.

Registration Form Progress Bar

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Build a progress bar to indicate user which step of registration is currently at.

Form Styling Plugins:

Formalize

Formalize CSS  Teach your forms some manners
Formalize your form to certain styles. “Teach your form some manners.”

jqTransform

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
jqTransform is a jQuery styling plugin which allows you to skin form elements.

Context Highlighting

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
You can highlight certain areas or single form element on the form page using this plugin.

Chosen

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Chosen is a JavaScript plugin that makes long, unwieldy select boxes much more user-friendly.

In-Field Labels jQuery Plugin

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
This is a simple plugin that turns properly formatted HTML forms into forms with in-field label tips.

Elastic

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Elastic makes your textareas grow and shrink to fit it’s content.

Form Validation Plugins:

LiveValidation

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Just as the name say, it validate the data while user is entering.

Ideal Forms

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Ideal Forms is the ultimate framework for building and validating responsive HTML5 forms.

Validate.js

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Easy to use and lightweight validation javascript form. It can pretty much satisfy all the basic needs.

jQuery.validity

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
jQuery.validity is an elegant and powerful jQuery plug-in you can use to setup client-side form validation.

Valid8

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Valid8 solves both simple and complex validation scenarios. Everything from a basic required field to regular expressions, ajax requests and arbitrary javascript functions.

Password Strength

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
This plugin shows the strength of you passwords by telling you how long time it would take to brute force them.

Password Strength Meter

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
A lightweight password strengthen meter.

PWChecker

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
PWChecker jQueryPlugin observes passwords as users type and provide instant password strength check (Weak, Medium, or Strong).

jQuery Credit Card Validator

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
jQuery Credit Card Validator detects and validates credit card numbers. It’ll tell you the detected credit card type and whether the number length and Luhn checksum are valid for the type of card.

Smart Validate

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Smart Validate is a jQuery credit card validation plugin, that makes credit card format validation a simple task. It ensures that user has entered valid credit card number before making actual transaction.

Mailcheck.js

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
The Javascript library and jQuery plugin that suggests a right domain when your users misspell it in an email address.

Form Data Input Plugins:

AutoComplete for jQuery

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Ajax Autocomplete for jQuery allows you to easily create autocomplete/autosuggest boxes for text input fields.

On-demand Search Box

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
SearchMeme is to provide a small search button that can be placed anywhere on the website (you may want to put it in your website header). Clicking on search button expands it to show a text box where you can type your search terms.

Autocomplete

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
The Autocomplete widgets provides suggestions while you type into the field. The datasource is a simple JavaScript array, provided to the widget using the source-option.

TextExt Plugin

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
TextExt’s modular design allows you easily turn a standard HTML text input into a wide range of modern, tailored to your needs input field without bloating your source code and slowing down your site with the code that you aren’t using.

Multiselect

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
This plugin is a drop-in replacement for the standard select element with multiple attribute activated.

Masked Input Plugin

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
This is a masked input plugin for the jQuery javascript library. It allows a user to more easily enter fixed width input where you would like them to enter the data in a certain format (dates,phone numbers, etc).

meioMask

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Another great fully featured jQuery mask plugin that can has support for every kind of data set.

jQuery-File-Upload

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
File Upload widget with multiple file selection, drag&drop support, progress bars and preview images for jQuery.

Sisyphus.js

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
With Sisyphus on site you just reopen page in your modern (with HTML5 support) browser and see all your changes at that forms. It’s lightweight (3.5 KB) jQuery plugin uses Local Storage to prevent your work being lost.

Limit Number of Character

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Limit is a plugin for the javascript framework Jquery that limits the number of characters that can be entered in a textarea or input field.

Date Picker Plugins:

Datepicker by jQueryUI

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
A standard date picker plugin from jQueryUI.

Zebra Datepicker

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
‘Zebra Datepicker is a small, compact and highly configurable datepicker jQuery plugin, meant to enrich forms by adding the datepicker functionality to them.

Datepicker (Multiple calendars)

Top Essential jQuery Form Plugin
Date Picker component with a lot of options and easy to fit in your web application.

Hopefully those jQuery form plugins can save you some time and it worth your time to check out this round-up.