When working with forms, sometimes you need to make special requirements to validate the data that customers enter. In this topic, I will show you how to create custom rules in Magento 2.

Magento form validation rules

  • Magento has created a lot of useful rules and you can find them in vendor/magento/module-ui/view/base/web/js/lib/validation/rules.js
  • Below are a few commonly used rules:

How to add a custom validation rule 

In this example, I will create the module Magenest_CustomRule, and apply custom rules for the customer address edit form in the frontend and configuration field in the admin panel.

Step 1: To create new custom rules, you can create a js file app/code/Magenest/CustomRule/view/base/web/js/validation.js and calling the $.validator.addMethod function with the custom validation rule parameters like below. 

], function($) {
   'use strict';

   return function() {
      // Add a validation method that checks if the name is less than 5 characters.
           function(name) {
               return name.length <= 5;
           $.mage.__('Length must not be greater than 5 character length!')
      // Add a validation method that checks if the zip code is five-digit or 
      // nine-digit(ZIP+4format).
           function(zip) {
               return /^[0-9]{5}(?:-[0-9]{4})?$/g.test(zip);
           $.mage.__('Please enter a valid zip code!')

Here I use $.validator.addMethod( name, method, [ message ] )

  • name: the name of the method used to identify.
  • method: the actual method implementation, returning true if an element is valid.
  • message: if the method returns false, the message is displayed.

Step 2: After creating your rules, add the new validation rule to the mixin in app/code/Magenest/CustomRule/view/base/requirejs-config.js

var config = {
  config: {
    mixins: {
      'mage/validation': {
        'Magenest_CustomRule/js/validation': true

    Now, your rules will be available everywhere.

In Frontend

Step 3: Create a template file app/code/Magenest/CustomRule/view/frontend/templates/address/edit.phtml 

Step 4:  open the file edit.phtml in vendor/magento/module-customer/view/frontend/templates and copy the content to app/code/Magenest/CustomRule/view/frontend/templates/address/edit.phtml.

Step 5:  You need to change the file customer_address_form.xml in module Magento_Customer. So, you must create a file with the same name in app/code/Magenest/CustomRule/view/frontend/layout and add the following content to it:

<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
       <referenceBlock name="customer_address_edit" >
          <action method="setTemplate">
            <argument name="template" xsi:type="string">Magenest_CustomRule::address/edit.phtml</argument>

Step 6: Add new rules custom-validate-length to validate street length and custom-validate-zip to validate zip code in edit.phtml like this

<input type="text"
       value="<?= $block->escapeHtmlAttr($block->getStreetLine(1)) ?>"
       title="<?= /* @noEscape */ $block->getAttributeData()->getFrontendLabel('street') ?>"
       class="input-text <?= $block->escapeHtmlAttr($_streetValidationClass) ?>"
<input type="text"
       value="<?= $block->escapeHtmlAttr($block->getAddress()->getPostcode()) ?>"
       title="<?= /* @noEscape */ $block->getAttributeData()->getFrontendLabel('postcode') ?>"
       class="input-text custom-validate-zip validate-zip-international <?= $block->escapeHtmlAttr($this->helper('Magento\Customer\Helper\Address')->getAttributeValidationClass('postcode')) ?>">

You can add new rules to forms in these ways:

  • As a data-validate attribute
<input id="field-1" ... data-validate='{"validate-custom":true}'/>
  • As an attribute
<input id="field-1" ... validate-custom="true"/>
  • As a class name
<input id="field-1" ... class="input-text validate-custom"/>
  • Using data-mage-init
 data-mage-init='{"validation": {"rules": {"field-1": {"validate-custom":true}}}}'>

In the Admin Panel

I will add custom validation for the Store Name field in Stores > Configuration >  GENERAL > General > Store Information

Step 3: Create app/code/Magenest/CustomRule/etc/adminhtml/system.xml and add the following content:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:module:Magento_Config:etc/system_file.xsd">
        <section id="general">
            <group id="store_information">
                <field id="name">

This is the folder structure of the module

When you have done, you have to run bin\magento cache:clean to clear cache and apply the changes. Below is the result, the form gets validated before sending data to the server for processing.

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Thank you all and good luck.