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Luhn algorithm in Javascript. Check valid credit card numbers
// Takes a credit card string value and returns true on valid number
function valid_credit_card(value) {
// Accept only digits, dashes or spaces
if (/[^0-9-\s]+/.test(value)) return false;
// The Luhn Algorithm. It's so pretty.
let nCheck = 0, bEven = false;
value = value.replace(/\D/g, "");
for (var n = value.length - 1; n >= 0; n--) {
var cDigit = value.charAt(n),
nDigit = parseInt(cDigit, 10);
if (bEven && (nDigit *= 2) > 9) nDigit -= 9;
nCheck += nDigit;
bEven = !bEven;
return (nCheck % 10) == 0;
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Brilliand commented Jun 30, 2014

@Maxhodges - To generate a check digit, set bEven to true initially, and return (1000 - nCheck) % 10.

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MohamedAlaa commented Jul 10, 2014

Execution time is very high: 35128.324ms

I've tried another Algorithm and it reported 0.059ms

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manishatGit commented May 1, 2015

Quite helpful !!

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javierverb commented Jul 2, 2015

Thanks!!! great work! 😄

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kendepelchin commented May 23, 2016


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mscheffer commented Jul 18, 2016

@mohamed execution time can't be 35 seconds !!

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chetankmayank commented Aug 29, 2016

hi..can i get the code for aadhar card number validation using javascript and c#

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tkMageztik commented Dec 28, 2016

awesome, thank you so much.

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fullstacked commented Jan 4, 2017

This is not working with Amex cards. Can anyone pls guide me. Thanks.

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volkerbohn commented Mar 22, 2017

Nice work! Thanks!

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anderconal commented Mar 23, 2017

Awesome work, thanks!

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ayushya commented Apr 20, 2017

Code Works great.

Although nDigit variable declared on Line 7 is not being used[ and can be removed ] since its been redeclared inside the for loop.

Correct me if wrong @DiegoSalazar

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marbogucki commented May 26, 2017

I noticed one a little mistake in the end of the script;
If you type '0' or '00' or '0000000000' you will get true

My resolve to line 22:
return (nCheck !== 0) && (nCheck % 10) == 0

What do you think ?

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maxkremer commented Jun 5, 2017

ndigit is defined twice. jshint complains . line 12

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Natanagar commented Sep 20, 2017

Nice work, thank you!

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dwhyte4 commented Mar 3, 2018

can you explain why use the operators in nDigit -= 9; and bEven = !bEven;

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MacroMan commented Jul 18, 2018

bEven = !bEven is a reversal, so bEven switches between true and false on each iteration of the loop, because each even digit is doubled as per the ISO/IEC 7812 spec.
nDigit -= 9; is to bring the number back between 1 and 9 if it's a double digit number (as per the ISO/IEC 7812 spec). This is the same effect as adding the 2 digits of the number together, which is what the spec says.

See for more info.

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craxidile commented Jul 25, 2018

Good job!

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nic0latesla commented Oct 16, 2018

Thanks bro

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web-apply commented Oct 21, 2018

i used to this algorithm in php master card generator script on Credit Card Generator with money and Free Credit Card Generator App. The rightmost digit is the Check digit value. We multiply the 1., 3., 5… .. values by 2, starting from the check digit value. (2nd, 4th, 6th… values remain the same.)
If the sum of the values is greater than 9, we add their numbers and find the sum of the numbers.
All the figures finally obtained are added up.
The sum of the numbers is multiplied by 9.
The last digit of the obtained number is the check digit value.

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weider86-zz commented Feb 18, 2019

Thank you! It works nice!

I only added a validation to empty string (""), because it was returning true. Thank you a lot!

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pranith-bm-ai commented Sep 6, 2019

I tried this out, but I realised I was looking rather naively at my problem. This works great at evaluating the complete card number.

I wanted to evaluate the card number while it is being typed, but I found there are challenges in determining the length of card number (can range from 13 to 19 digits) preemptively.

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DiegoSalazar commented Sep 6, 2019

@pranith-bm-ai You can deduce from the first few numbers what kind of credit card it is and then you'll know what its length is supposed to be, see:

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altsanti commented Oct 11, 2019

I would add the line "if (!value) return false;" on top, to also take care of the situation of an empty input (or input with spaces).

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emandeguzman commented Apr 23, 2020

I tested against

76009244561 did not return true

But I'm not sure if this number is really valid. all luhn verification code seem to fail when I use this number.

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JonHualde commented Jun 11, 2020

Working well, thank you very much Diego!

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sureshshivale commented Jul 17, 2020

Thank you! Nice work !
I'm Getting false result for Dankort (PBS) | 76009244561

Can someone answer for me on this ?

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mariacosta07911 commented Feb 1, 2021

Thanks! Great Job!
I used this Credit Card Generator and it's showing almost accurate result.
they maintained maximum bank's bin code database. you must have to visit this site.

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finch0921 commented Jun 10, 2021

Hi buddy,
I pull your code in my local repository, I found issues with your code It validate all types of Credit cards (like Amex, Visa, Diners Club) most of the card number are found invalid.

After that I use credit card validator on that gives me perfect result. It also validate 15, 16 and 19 digit credit cards.

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Tofandel commented Sep 17, 2021

The code can be rewritten as:

function valid_credit_card(value) {
  // Accept only digits, dashes or spaces
	if (/[^0-9-\s]+/.test(value)) return false;

	// The Luhn Algorithm. It's so pretty.
	let nCheck = 0;
	value = value.replace(/\D/g, "");

	for (let n = 0; n < value.length; n++) {
		let nDigit = parseInt(value[n], 10);

		if (!((n + value.length) % 2) && (nDigit *= 2) > 9) nDigit -= 9;

		nCheck += nDigit;

	return (nCheck % 10) === 0;

Or even cleaner

export const luhn = (value) => {
    let nCheck = 0;
    if (value && /[0-9-\s]+/.test(value)) {
        value = value.replace(/\D/g, '');

        value.split('').forEach((v, n) => {
            let nDigit = parseInt(v, 10);

            if (!((value.length + n) % 2) && (nDigit *= 2) > 9) {
                nDigit -= 9;

            nCheck += nDigit;

    return (nCheck % 10) === 0;

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