How can I use jQuery validation with the "chosen" plugin?

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I have some <select> inputs using the chosen plugin that I want to validate as "required" on the client side. Since "chosen" hides the actual select element and creates a widget with divs and spans, native HTML5 validation doesn't seem to work properly. The form won't submit (which is good), but the error message is not shown, so the user has no idea what's wrong (which is not good).

I've turned to the jQuery validation plugin (which I planned on using eventually anyways) but haven't had any luck so far. Here's my test case:

    <label>Name: <input name="test1" required></label>
    <label>Favorite Color:
        <select name="test2" required>
            <option value=""></option>
            <option value="red">Red</option>
            <option value="blue">Blue</option>
            <option value="green">Green</option>
    <input type="submit">

This is letting the select through with an empty value, without validating or showing the error message. When I comment out the chosen() line, it works fine.

How can I validate chosen() inputs with the jQuery validation plugin, and show the error message for invalid ones?

jQuery validate ignores the hidden element, and since the Chosen plugin adds visibility:hidden attribute to the select, try:

$.validator.setDefaults({ ignore: ":hidden:not(select)" }) //for all select


$.validator.setDefaults({ ignore: ":hidden:not(.chosen-select)" }) //for all select having class .chosen-select

Add this line just before validate() function. It works fine for me.

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jQuery validation isn't going to pick up elements that are hidden, but you can force it to validate individual elements. Bit of a hack, but the following will work:

$('form').on('submit', function(e) {
    if(!$('[name="test2"]').valid()) {

To select only "chosen" elements you can use $('.chzn-done')

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in mine.

my form has class 'validate' and every input element has class 'required' html code:

<form id="ProdukProdukTambahForm" class="validate form-horizontal" accept-charset="utf-8" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data" action="/produk-review/produk/produkTambah" novalidate="novalidate">
     <div class="control-group">
        <label class="control-label" for="sku">SKU</label>
        <div class="controls">
           <input id="sku" class="required span6" type="text" name="sku">
     <div class="control-group">
        <label for="supplier" class="control-label">Supplier</label>
        <div class="controls">
            <select name="supplier" id="supplier" class='cho span6 {required:true} '>                                           
                <option value=''>-- PILIH --</option>
                foreach ($result as $res)
                    echo '<option value="'.$res['tbl_suppliers']['kode_supplier'].'">'.$res['tbl_suppliers']['nama_supplier'].'</option>';

and javascript code for choosen with jquery validation

$(document).ready(function() {
    // - validation
    if($('.validate').length > 0){
            errorPlacement:function(error, element){
            highlight: function(label) {
                $(label).closest('.control-group').removeClass('error success').addClass('error');
            success: function(label) {
                label.addClass('valid').closest('.control-group').removeClass('error success').addClass('success');
            //validate choosen select (select with search)
            ignore: ":hidden:not(select)"
    // - chosen, add the text if no result matched
    if($('.cho').length > 0){
        $(".cho").chosen({no_results_text: "No results matched"});

note: if the input value is null, the class error will be append to parent 'div'

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//You can fix this by using another way to hide your chosen element. eg....

$(document).ready(function() {
 $.validator.addMethod(     //adding a method to validate select box//
            function(value, element) {
                return (value == null ? false : (value.length == 0 ? false : true))
            "please select an option"//custom message

        rules: {
            test2: {
                chosen: true
    $("[name='test2']").css("position", "absolute").css("z-index",   "-9999").chosen().show();

        if ($(this).valid())
    //some code here 
        return false;


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this simple CSS rule works on joomla 3's implementation of chosen

Chosen adds the class invalid to the hidden select input so use this to target the chosen select box

.invalid, .invalid + div.chzn-container a {
    border-color: red !important;

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  • Check this plugin out. Not really a solution but you might want to give it a try.
  • @elclanrs: Thanks but I'd like to stick with the de facto jQuery validation library for now, especially at this point in the project (trying to wrap up). Maybe in a future project.
  • This post solved my problem:… Simple and elegant.
  • This was quite sufficient in my case. Thanks.
  • Where did you put this line? It doesn't seem to work for me :/
  • just above the JQuery validate() function.
  • Worked for me! Definitely the simplest solution.
  • Because all my chosen selects have the class .chosen-select I find it better to use $.validator.setDefaults({ ignore: ":hidden:not(.chosen-select)" });. Otherwise this would mean all hidden selects would be validated.
  • It seems that the e.preventDefault() isn't even necessary, just calling $("element").valid(). I used this code and it seems to work perfectly: $('form').on('submit', function() {$('.chzn-done').valid();});. Thanks for the info.
  • .chzn-done is no longer added to "chosen" elements as of Chosen 1.0
  • This answer only works if you don't call .chosen(). There seems to be a bug (feature?) in the chosen library that when you activate a <select>, it hides it - so it no longer interacts with the validation rules.
  • In my case, I've added ul.chosen-choices: .input-validation-error { border-color: red !important; } .input-validation-error, .input-validation-error + div.chosen-container ul.chosen-choices { border-color: red !important; }.
  • hello guys, I have a problem with the focus of jqueryvalidation, doesn't work on the chosen fields, do you know how solve that problem ?
  • Ask a new question with some background and gladly will help
  • Doesn't work for me at all. The .chosen-select + .chosen-container:visible part actually selects the chosen's <div> and not the <select> which must be validated, so I'm unclear about how this is supposed to work.