I’m creating a custom module and I want to be able to submit the form via Magento’s built-in AJAX. Also, I want to validate the user input to ensure I don’t get a database full of blanks!

Magento makes hooking into the existing functionality really quite easy. Let’s begin with the form.

The Form

[php toolbar=”true” classname=”one_line”] <form class="my-form" name="myForm" id="myForm">

<span>First Name:</span><span>*</span><br />
<input class="required-entry" type="text" name="first_name" id="first_name" />
<span>Last Name:</span><span>*</span><br />
<input class="required-entry" type="text" name="last_name" id="last_name" />

more fields here

<input type="submit" value="enter" />
<span id="formLoader" style="display:none;">&nbsp;</span>
<div id="formSuccess" style="display:none;">&nbsp;</div>

That’s it, honest. You could put action and method tags in if you like, but it’s not necessary. This form belongs in your .phtml file, along with the following code.

The Javascript

[code lang=”js” classname=”one_line”] <script type="text/javascript">
var formId = ‘myForm’;
var myForm = new VarienForm(formId, true);
var postUrl = ‘<?php echo $this->getUrl("namespace_module/method/action") ?>’;
function doAjax() {
if (myForm.validator.validate()) {
new Ajax.Updater(
{ success:’formSuccess’ }, postUrl, {
onComplete:function(request, json) {
onLoading:function(request, json){
parameters: $(formId).serialize(true),

new Event.observe(formId, ‘submit’, function(e){

This Javascript is relying on the prototype library, which comes in-built with Magento; no frills here.

And that is all there is to it. The form will be checked for the required fields and submit via POST asynchronously on successful validation.

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