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Freeform Freeform for ExpressionEngine

Channel Fieldtype

Freeform includes a channel fieldtype that allows you to attach forms to Channel Entries, so that you can display a form with your entry automatically inside the Channel:Entries tag. This method does force using a Formatting Template to control its output.

Here's an overview on how to use this field type:

Creating a Freeform field

Creating a Freeform Form field is done just like any other fieldtype, here's an overview of the process:

  • Go to the Channel Fields area in the CP. Select the appropriate Field Group, and then click the Create New button.
  • For the Type, select Freeform Pro (or Freeform Lite) from the list.
  • Name the field as you wish - for example My Form with short name of my_form.
  • There are no special field options for the Freeform field type.
  • Click Save Field to save the new custom field.
  • If you wish to create more Freeform fields, just follow the procedure above again.

Your Freeform Form/Submissions field is now available to be assigned to other sections.

Create New Fieldtype

How the Fieldtype works

Once you have a Freeform channel entry field setup, and you've created a form with Composer, assigning a form to a channel entry is very easy!

  • Go to the Publish area in the EE control panel. If the field group the Freeform field belongs to is assigned to the channel you selected, you should now see the special Freeform field.
  • To add a form, simply select the form name from the select field list.
  • Once you have submitted or updated the channel entry, that's it! The form has now been assigned to the entry.

Using Fieldtype

Displaying the Form in EE Templates

To have the Freeform form display in your EE templates, simply specify the short name of the custom channel field as a variable inside of the Channel:Entries tag. If a Freeform form has been selected for the entry, the form will parse fully from that variable.



Simulating Form Fieldtype (workaround)

There are some current limitations with handling overrides and return URL's, etc. You can however, avoid the field type altogether and create a regular EE field that allows your users to select a form handle or ID from a select field, etc as well as specify other things like return URL and attributes, etc. Then pass it off to the freeform_next:render template tag instead, like this: