Real-time Character Counter With Spaces - jQuery charCounter.js

Real-time Character Counter With Spaces - jQuery charCounter.js
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A super tiny (~1kb minified) real-time character counter plugin to calculate and count the total number of characters with spaces while typing in a text field.

Supports both input and textarea elements. Works with the native maxlength attribute.

How to use it:

1. Load the minified version of the character counter plugin after the latest jQuery library (slim build is recommended).

<script src="/path/to/cdn/jquery.slim.min.js"></script>
<script src="/path/to/dist/charCounter.min.js"></script>

2. Determine the maximum number of characters allowed to type in your text field using the maxlength attribute.

<h2>Input Field</h2>
<input type="text" id="input-demo" maxlength="60" />

<h2>Textarea</h2>
<textarea id="textarea-demo" maxlength="140"></textarea>

3. Call the function on the text field to enable the character counter.

$("#input-demo").charCounter();
$("#textarea-demo").charCounter({
  // with options
});

4. Customize the divider character:

  • slash: " / " (Default)
  • dash: " - "
  • bar: " | "
$("#textarea-demo").charCounter({
  divider: 'dash'
});

5. Specify the font size of the character counter. Default: "1rem".

$("#input-demo").charCounter();
$("#textarea-demo").charCounter({
  fontSize: '1.25rem'
});

6. Apply additional CSS class(es) to the character counter. Default: "".

$("#input-demo").charCounter();
$("#textarea-demo").charCounter({
  customClass: 'myClass'
});

7. Then apply additional CSS styles to the character counter.

.myClass {
  /* your styles here */
}

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by mmmmlemon. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.