Yii 2 extension to work with Google reCAPTCHA v3

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1.0.3 2021-02-25 09:07 UTC

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This package is a simple extension for Yii 2 which helps to work with Google reCAPTCHA v3


You have to run the following command to add a dependency to your project

composer require manchenkov/yii2-recaptcha3

or you can add this line to require section of composer.json

"manchenkov/yii2-recaptcha3": "^1.0.3"


Basic setup

In first, you have to add the following settings into your application params section (usually params.php file).

return [
    // your other params

Then you should add the rules as below to validate the model

public $captcha;

public function rules()
    return [
        // other validation rules
        ['captcha', ReCaptchaValidator::class, 'score' => 0.8, 'action' => 'login'],
  • score: minimal value of acceptance score (default: 0.5)
  • action: page action name (default: homepage)
  • message: error message to display (see Localization section below)

The last step is an adding ActiveForm input, just use the next example:

$form->field($model, 'captcha')->widget(ReCaptchaWidget::class);

// or

$form->field($model, 'captcha')->widget(ReCaptchaWidget::class, ['action' => 'login']);
// action name must be the same as validation rules

AJAX Validation

Default behaviour may cause some problems with AJAX validation because Google recommends to request captcha token just before submitting form, see documentation

Note: reCAPTCHA tokens expire after two minutes. If you're protecting an action with reCAPTCHA, make sure to call execute when the user takes the action rather than on page load.

In this case Yii controller will receive the empty value and give you validation error.

To solve this problem ReCaptchaWidget supports additional attribute - preloading'.

You should use the following example in your views files

<?php $form = ActiveForm::begin(
        'id' => 'example-form',
        'enableAjaxValidation' => true,
        'validateOnBlur' => false,
        'validateOnChange' => false,
); ?>


<?= $form->field($model, 'captcha')->widget(ReCaptchaWidget::class, ['action' => 'login', 'preloading' => true]); ?>


You can't use enableAjaxValidation without disabling validateOnBlur and validateOnChange because default yiiActiveForm.js plugin submits a form for validation purpose automatically and without any events, so reCaptcha token wouldn't be refreshed.

Usage with Twig

If You use Twig as a template engine, you can create helper function like this:

/ $model: SomeForm model instance
/ $attribute: model property name
/ $action: captcha page action name
/ $showBadge: visibility of captcha badge on the page
'reCaptcha' => function (Model $model, string $attribute, string $action = 'homepage', bool $showBadge = true) {
    return ReCaptchaWidget::widget([
        'model' => $model,
        'action' => $action,
        'attribute' => $attribute,
        'showBadge' => $showBadge

and then use it in the .twig templates without ActiveForm

{{ reCaptcha(model, 'captcha', 'login') | raw }}


If any error occurs during the validation or sending request via HTTP client, the default error message will be "Google reCAPTCHA verification failed". Input widget uses default i18n localization to print it to the page, so you can add a translation for the next message:

// category - 'app'
Yii::t("app", "Google reCAPTCHA verification failed")

// For example: 'messages/en/app.php' (i18n php message sources)
"Google reCAPTCHA verification failed" => "Google reCAPTCHA verification failed",

// For example: 'messages/ru/app.php'
"Google reCAPTCHA verification failed" => "Не удалось проверить Google reCAPTCHA", 

Hiding Google Privacy badge

By default, Google reCAPTCHA v3 print a badge in the right bottom corner of the page, but You can hide it by using the following example

$form->field($model, 'captcha')->widget(ReCaptchaWidget::class, [
    'action' => 'login',
    'showBadge' => false',

In this case, input hint will contain default message recommended by Google, but you can change it by using of field(...)->widget(...)->hint('Custom Google captcha message')

Anyway, You have to include some mentioning text in your form, see details here