Required-If Validation


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How can I create "required if" validation that only requires an input if another input is filled in?


Denote the desired input in an attribute on the validated element and implement a custom validator rule.

Some tips are available in code comments and here are a few key points:

  • The form elements must have a name attribute so the Kendo Validator can attach to them properly.
  • There are many ways to implement conditional validation, this is just one of them.
  • This approach can also apply to other technologies like MVC as it only requires setting an attribute on the DOM element. For example, for Kendo UI for MVC MultiSelect Html Helper, adding the following setting is equivalent to the markup from the example below .HtmlAttributes(new { requiredIf = "input1" })
<form id="myform">
    <input type="text" id="input1" name="input1" placeholder="type something here and click Validate" style="width: 250px" />

    <br /><br />

    <select id="requiredIfSample" multiple="multiple" requiredIf="input1" data-placeholder="Select attendees..." name="multiSelect">
        <option>Steven White</option>
        <option>Nancy King</option>
        <option>Nancy Davolio</option>
        <option>Robert Davolio</option>
        <option>Michael Leverling</option>
        <option>Andrew Callahan</option>
        <option>Michael Suyama</option>
        <option>Anne King</option>
        <option>Laura Peacock</option>
        <option>Robert Fuller</option>
        <option>Janet White</option>
        <option>Nancy Leverling</option>
        <option>Robert Buchanan</option>
        <option>Margaret Buchanan</option>
        <option>Andrew Fuller</option>
        <option>Anne Davolio</option>
        <option>Andrew Suyama</option>
        <option>Nige Buchanan</option>
        <option>Laura Fuller</option>

    <br /><br />

    <input type="text" id="secondInput" requiredIf="input1" name="secondInput" />

    <br /><br />

    <button id="save">Validate</button>


    $(document).ready(function () {

            messages: {
                // defines a message for the custom validation rule
                requiredIf: "this field is now required based on your other form choices"
            rules: {
                requiredIf: function (input) {
                    if ("[requiredIf]")) {//you can use other attributes (inlcuding data-* attributes)
                        //you can also use more attributes from the DOM element here to denote more complex logic
                        var targetInput = $("#" + input.attr("requiredIf")); //you may want to apply here logic similar to the lines below that check for the type of the element
                        if (targetInput.length > 0) {
                            var targetVal = targetInput.first().val();

                            //get current element value. To make it more generic you can use the kendo.widgetInstance(element) method
                            var currVal = "";
                            var widget = kendo.widgetInstance(input);
                            if (widget && widget.value) {
                                currVal = widget.value();
                            } else {
                                currVal = input.val();

                            if (targetVal) {//current field is required because the designated related input has a value
                                //implement actual validation logic. For example, see what the current value type is and expand it
                                if (typeof currVal === "object" && currVal instanceof Array) {//check for arrays - e.g., for a MultiSelect
                                    return currVal.length > 0;
                                if (!currVal) {//primitive types like strings and numbers can be evaluated with a simple bool check like this
                                    return false;
                                return true;
                        return true;
                    return true;

        $("#save").click(function (e) {
            e.preventDefault();//prevent form submission so we can have custom validation
            var validator = $("#myform").data("kendoValidator");
            if (validator.validate()) {
                //save form here
                alert("Data saved");
            else {
                //you can show a more global notification about failed validation, e.g., for very large forms

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