The validation rules have a simple syntax similar to Laravel validation syntax.

A validation expression is a string of a series of validators separated by a pipe |:

const single = 'required'; // single rule.
const multiple = 'required|numeric' // multiple rules.

Rules expression can also be an object for complex and more readable rules:

const single = { required: true }; // required field.

const multiple = {
  required: true,
  numeric: true,
  email: true

Rules Parameters

Some rules can have parameters, which can be specified in multiple ways for convenience:

  • As a comma separated list which is suitable for the string format.
  • An array containing the params values (Suitable for the object format).
  • An object (Provides more complex configuration for the rules in object format), but with a caveat.
// Params as a string
const someRule = 'included:1,2,3,4';

// Params as an array.
const someRuleObj = { included: [1, 2, 3, 4] };

// Params as an object.
const someCplxObj = {
  email: {
    allow_utf8_local_part: true


In object form, rules accept a single value if the rule accepts a single argument. If multiple arguments are passed, you should pass them as an array in the same order.

Rules in practice

Putting what we've learned to practice, let's create our fields in both expression forms with the following specifications:

  • A required email field.
<input v-validate="'required|email'" type="email" name="email">

<input v-validate="{ required: true, email: true }" type="email" name="email">
  • A non-required username field.
<input v-validate="'alpha'" type="text" name="username">

<input v-validate="{ alpha: true }" type="text" name="username">
  • A required password field with a minimum length of 6 characters.
<input v-validate="'required|min:6'" type="password" name="password">

<input v-validate="{ required: true, min: 6 }" type="password" name="password">


Note that the string expression has single quotes around it. This is because directives in Vue evaluate the given expression and, since we want it to be evaluated as a string, we surround it with single quotes, which means this v-validate="required" will fail because it will try to evaluate a required prop or method on the Vue instance which probably doesn't exist.