PHP input validation make obscenely easy

v1.4.0 2014-03-14 07:34 UTC

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Last update: 2020-06-26 17:42:12 UTC


Waveform is a form validation and generation class for PHP. It can provide for form (or table or just field) HTML generation as well as validation rules.



  • Switch to Composer packaging system instead of Sparks.
  • Removed all CodeIgniter specific stuff
  • Added $waveform->Style() function to load styles from styles/


  • Added $field->Span() function to display a field without displaying the label (effectively making the input use up two 'columns' instead of label/value layout). This works really well with text boxes (via $row->Text()) or raw HTML output (via $row->HTML())
  • Added Value() function to return the plain text value of a single field (or all fields as an array) instead of using $waveform->Fields flat array access. In the future we could use IO filters which will be required to run when called.
  • BUGFIX: Chrome no longer gets upset when rendering floating point inputs (via $row->Float())


  • New use of Filters to specify which fields should be rendered when generating a form, table or series of inputs
  • New $row->HTML() alias function to call $row->Label()
  • $row->HTML(), $row->Label() and $row->ReadOnly() can now take a default value as the first parameter to bypass the need to make another call to $row->Default()
  • Creation of GenHash() function to generate short unique hashes
  • Define can now take a null as a name (uses the new GenHash() function to make one)
  • GetHash() method to return all values as a hash (can take a Filter as parameters)
  • Added Get() method as an alias of Field()


  • Added Bootstrap form style support


Installing into CodeIgniter / CakePHP etc.

Download this GIT repository and copy into your application directory.

Alternatively, install with Composer.

Using Waveform in PHP

While Waveform is primarily MVC + Composer based it can also be used as a stand-alone.

Grab the main waveform.php file from the libraries directory and simply dump it wherever it is needed.

See the examples below for some tips on how to use it.


Simple signup page

The below shows a simple user sign up page controller written for CodeIgniter.

class User as CI_Controller {
	function signup() {
		$this->Waveform = new Waveform();

		// Define the Waveform fields
		$this->Waveform->Group('Personal Details');

		$this->Waveform->Group('Optional Info');
			->Choice(array('m' => 'Male', 'f' => 'Female'));
			->File('temp') // WARNING: This example requires a writable 'temp' sub-directory if testing the 'avatar' upload field.

		if ($this->Waveform->OK()) { // Everything is ok? ?>
			// FIXME: Do something now they've signed up
		} else { // New page OR Something failed
			echo $this->Waveform->Form(); // Output the Waveform <form> - usually this would itself be inside a view.

Editing a database record

The below shows a simple car editing controller

* CodeIgniter Car controller
* Provides a CRUD interface for managing a users cars
function Cars() {
	* Display a list of cars
	function Index() {
		// Add some listing code here

	* Edit a car by its ID
	* @param int $carid The Unique ID of the car to edit
	function Edit($carid = null) {
		$car = $this->Car->GetById($carid); // Assumes you have an appropriate setup that provides a library called `Car` with has a method called `GetById()`

		$this->Waveform = new Waveform(); // Assumes composer or loading the file via require('waveform.php');

		if ($this->Waveform->OK()) {
			header('Location: /cars');
		} else {

Stand-alone PHP usage

Waveform can also be used as a stand-alone library. To do this simply extract the waveform.php file from the lib/ directory and use it in your application like you would a normal PHP file. The below example loads up Waveform, defines some fields then sits out a form for the user to enter data into. Finally the form is validated and (should everything be ok) the values passed on for further processing.

require('waveform.php'); // Or just use Composer
$Waveform = new Waveform();
$Waveform->Group('Personal Details');
$Waveform->Group('Optional Info');
	->Choice(array('m' => 'Male', 'f' => 'Female'));

if ($Waveform->OK()) { // Everything is ok?
	// Everything went ok. $Waveform->Fields is now an array
	// full of the values the user provided.
	echo "<h1>Thanks for signing up {$Waveform->Fields['name']}</h1>";
	echo "<p>Posted values: <pre>" . print_r($_POST, 1) . "</pre></p>";
} else { // New page OR Something failed
	// Something went wrong OR this is the first time we've viewed the page.
	// Display the form (with errors if any):
	echo "<h1>Signup</h1>";
	echo $Waveform->Form();