Validate email address using JavaScript regular expression

Last month I wrote about regular expressions in Java, today I’ll show you how to use regular expression in JavaScript to validate email address.

Here is the code to validate email address in JavaScript using regular expression.

function validateEmail(elementValue){      
   var emailPattern = /^[a-zA-Z0-9._-]+@[a-zA-Z0-9.-]+\.[a-zA-Z]{2,4}$/;
   return emailPattern.test(elementValue); 


The argument to this method is the email address you want to validate.
In the method body we define a variable (’emailPattern’) and assign a regular expression to it.

Email format: The regular expression for email is


To understand the regular expression we will divide it into smaller components:

/^[a-zA-Z0-9._-]+:  Means that the email address must begin with alpha-numeric characters (both lowercase and uppercase characters are allowed). It may have periods,underscores and hyphens.

@:   There must be a ‘@’ symbol after initial characters.

[a-zA-Z0-9.-]+: After the ‘@’ sign there must be some alpha-numeric characters. It can also contain period (‘.’) and and hyphens(‘-‘).

\.: After the second group of characters there must be a period (‘.’). This is to separate domain and subdomain names.

[a-zA-Z]{2,4}$/: Finally, the email address must end with two to four alphabets. Having a-z and A-Z means that both lowercase and uppercase letters are allowed.
{2,4} indicates the minimum and maximum number of characters. This will allow domain names with 2, 3 and 4 characters e.g.; us, tx, org, com, net, wxyz).

On the final line we call test method for our regular expression and pass the email address as input. If the input email address satisfies our regular expression, ‘test’ will return true otherwise it will return false. We return this value to the calling method.

You can call this method whenever you want to validate email address.

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150 Thoughts on “Validate email address using JavaScript regular expression

  1. Asslam-u-Alaikum,
    Very Informative and Helpful code. specially learners and beginners.


  2. Andrea on April 9, 2012 at 12:41 am said:

    Thanks everyone for your contributions.
    I went with Tank’s solution and Kent’s modification. Does the trick for me!~

  3. I’m using this and it’s working perfect:

    mailRegex = /[a-z0-9!#$%&’*+/=?^_`{|}~-]+(?:\.[a-z0-9!#$%&’*+/=?^_`{|}~-]+)*@(?:[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9])?\.)+[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9])/;

    This will help you validating wrong emails including:

    Best Regards,

  4. Darryl Young on April 17, 2012 at 8:38 am said:


    I’m glad I came across this thread and I hope I can get some help off you guys! I’m trying to work with an previously written JavaScript function to validate an email but it’s having problems if the user enters a space at the end of their email address (it happens, especially on mobile with auto-complete etc). How could I amend the following code to allow a space at the end?

    function checkMail(emailInput) {
    filter = /^[a-zA-Z0-9._-]+@[a-zA-Z0-9.-]+\.[a-zA-Z]{2,4}$/;
    if(!filter.test( {
    return false; }
    return true;

    Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. =D

  5. Darryl Young on April 19, 2012 at 4:56 am said:

    Ok, I just added \s and that worked…

    filter = /^[a-zA-Z0-9._-]+@[a-zA-Z0-9.-]+\.[a-zA-Z\s]{2,4}$/;

    Thanks anyway.

  6. John on May 1, 2012 at 8:19 am said:

    Hello All,

    I am Glad that i have landed to this email. I have a new requirement for validating email for a new format, can anyone tell me how to by pass.


    I tried removing / from the below exemplist, But the code is throwing JS error.

    var exemplist =/^[a-zA-Z][\w\.-]*[a-zA-Z0-9]*@[a-zA-Z0-9][\w\.-]*[a-zA-Z0-9]*\.[a-zA-Z][a-zA-Z\.]*[a-zA-Z]$/

    Thanks in advance.

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  10. Lúcia Ribeiro on June 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm said:

    I neead to receio my email

  11. Lúcia Ribeiro on June 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm said:


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  14. Meesam Akhtar on July 4, 2012 at 1:24 am said:

    Valid email-id for all different kinds of email-ids(e.g. OR OR

    Regular expression for Email-Id– /^([a-zA-Z0-9_\-])+\@(([a-zA-Z0-9\-])+)+(\.[a-zA-Z]{2,6})(\.[a-zA-Z]{2})?$/i

  15. Dennis on July 16, 2012 at 1:32 am said:

    @John I hope i’m not too late to answer you. Try this


    to bypass this Contact350test/

  16. ramesh on July 17, 2012 at 5:19 am said:

    very nice..easy to learn or do…

  17. Pity that this does not take account with emails like

  18. Great dude 😀 we were looking for the regular expressions explanation since long. 😀 Thanx a ton

  19. karim on April 22, 2013 at 1:47 am said:

    this is gud

  20. Thank you for your regexp, it really works!

  21. Eduardo Neto on October 31, 2013 at 5:09 pm said:

    thank you guy!

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