How to Show Required Icon for Mandatory Fields

Here’s a quick tip on how to show the required icon for mandatory fields when using FormValidationJS for Bootstrap forms.

In your application’s style sheet ensure you add the following:

/* Adjust feedback icon position */
#<your-form-id> .has-feedback .form-control-feedback {
   top: 0;
   right: -15px;
/* for required select element, a padding-right of 42.5px is added; we want to over-ride this value */
   .has-feedback .form-control {
   padding-right: 12px;
.required .control-label:after {
   color: #d00;
   content: "*";
   position: absolute;
   margin-left: 1px;
   font-family: 'Glyphicons Halflings';
   font-weight: normal;
   font-size: 10px;

Then in the page where you have a form that needs client side validation using FormValidation, ensure you have the following:

   framework: 'bootstrap',
   icon: {
      valid: 'glyphicon glyphicon-ok',
      invalid: 'glyphicon glyphicon-remove',
      validating: 'glyphicon glyphicon-refresh'
   fields: {
      firstname: {
         validators: {
            notEmpty: {
               message: 'First Name is required and cannot be empty'
      lastname: {
         validators: {
            notEmpty: {
               message: 'Last Name is required and cannot be empty'

In the actual form, ensure you have something similar to this, in particular the class=”form-group required” part:

<form id="<your-form-id>" class="form-horizontal" role="form" method="post" action="">
   <div class="form-group required">
      <label for="firstname" class="col-md-3 control-label">First Name:</label>
      <div class="col-md-3">
         <input type="text" name="firstname" class="form-control" placeholder="First Name">
   <div class="form-group required">
      <label for="lastname" class="col-md-3 control-label">Last Name:</label>
      <div class="col-md-3">
         <input type="text" name="lastname" class="form-control" placeholder="LastName">

Lastly, don’t forget to link to the style sheet (including the application’s styles) and scripts for FormValidation JS and jQuery in the appropriate places (in the head section for styles, and body for scripts):

<title>Page title</title>
<link href="<path-to-formvalidation>/formValidation.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<link href="<path-to-application-stylesheet>/your-app-name.css" rel="stylesheet" />
   <script src="<path-to-jquery>/jquery.min.js"></script>
   <script src="<path-to-formvalidation>/formValidation.min.js"></script>
   <script src="<path-to-formvalidation>/framework/bootstrap.min.js"></script>



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