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How Can I Use Javascript to Allow Only Numbers to Be Entered in a TextBox?

Missouri Sycamores - 11/2011.  Copyright © Steve Lautenschlager


Here I show how to use Javascript to allow only numbers to be entered in a textbox. This is useful for phone numbers, IDs, ZipCodes, and, well, that's about it.

This solution works in both IE and Netscape/Mozilla.

Try it here! Just type in the text box below. Note that digits are allowed and alphabetic characters are not allowed. Observe, too, that arrow keys and backspace are allowed so that you can still edit what you type.

To filter out different keystrokes besides numbers check out my javascript keycode page.

Try It!

Example: Allow only numbers/digits in TextBox

   <SCRIPT language=Javascript>
      function isNumberKey(evt)
         var charCode = (evt.which) ? evt.which : event.keyCode
         if (charCode > 31 && (charCode < 48 || charCode > 57))
            return false;

         return true;
      <INPUT id="txtChar" onkeypress="return isNumberKey(event)" type="text" name="txtChar">