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jQuery Check if Checkbox is Checked

By Sam Deering



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There are a number of different ways to check if a checkbox is checked (ticked). You can use either jQuery or plain JavaScript it doesn’t really matter. Here are 3 examples to wet your appetite. Could be useful when you need to check that a user has ticked a checkbox before submitting a form.

Check if a checkbox IS CHECKED

// First way 

// Second way 

// Third way for jQuery 1.2
    function() { 
       // Insert code here 
// Third way == UPDATE jQuery 1.3
    function() { 
       // Insert code here 

Check if a checkbox IS NOT CHECKED

if ($('input[name=termsckb]').attr('checked') != true) {


if ($('#email_ckb').attr('checked') != true) {

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Sam Deering has 15+ years of programming and website development experience. He was a website consultant at Console, ABC News, Flight Centre, Sapient Nitro, and the QLD Government and runs a tech blog with over 1 million views per month. Currently, Sam is the Founder of Crypto News, Australia.

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