Attach a File to a Form in a Click: File Upload Made Easy

With the new file upload feature, you can now let form users attach a picture or document to a form like in this demo.

Form with File Upload Field

Adding a file upload widget to your forms is as easy as adding a simple text box: visit the Fields Tab of the form builder, and create a new field choosing the File Upload widget. That’s all there is to it. Once a file has been uploaded and the form confirmed, that file will be stored on FormSmarts and available to you.

Customizing File Upload Fields

Although a file upload field created as just described will be fully functional, you may want to restrict the type of content the form will allow users to upload, as well as set the maximum file size permitted. You can also specify how long FormSmarts should keep uploaded documents on the server. To change these options, visit the Field Details screen of the form builder.

File Upload: Form Builder with File Attachment

Allowed Content Type

By default, a file upload field will accept all supported content types: documents (PDF, Word, Excel, RTF, OpenOffice ODF, and HTML documents) and images (JPEG, PNG, and GIF). You can restrict the type of content the form will allow users to upload to either documents or images. For example, if you’re building a job application form, you will want applicants to upload their CV and should restrict uploads to Documents to prevent mistakes.

Maximum File Size

By default, the maximum size of uploaded files is set to the maximum for your plan: 2Mb for Business Starter, 4Mb for Business Plus, 6Mb for Business Max, 8Mb for Business Premier and 10Mb for Business 3. You can use the slider to change that value to whatever makes sense for the purpose of the form.

Storage Policy for Uploaded Content

You can define the period of time during which FormSmarts will keep uploaded content. At this time, we support five storage policies:

  • 5 days
  • 10 days
  • 30 days
  • 90 days
  • Forever (default)

While storing file attachments on the server forever gives you the most flexibility, you may then exceed your storage quota — currently 100Mb for Business Starter, 500Mb for Business Plus, 1.5Gb for Business Max, 5Gb for Business Premier and 10Gb for Business 3. You can view your current usage in the Resource Usage section of your account. We’ll send you an email if you’re getting close to or exceed the storage space for your plan.

Note: Form attachments for online forms integrating with PayPal using Advanced Integration are retained for at least 20 days, even if the storage policy is set to 5 or 10 days.

Secure File Upload with SSL

File upload works with FormSmarts secure form feature so that files attached to a secure form only transit via a secure connection (SSL), both when uploaded to FormSmarts and downloaded to your computer.

Any Feedback?

As always, your feedback is important to us and is our primary inspiration for developing new features and improving existing ones.

Have a wonderful 2011.

8 Responses to “Attach a File to a Form in a Click: File Upload Made Easy”

Is there anyway to download an attachment without having to log into a FormSmarts account?

Posted by: Alanda Gray | Feb 11th, 2014 9:43 am

There is no way to download an attachment without having to log in at this time for security reasons. We’re working to allow this in the near future.

FormSmarts Posted by: FormSmarts | Feb 12th, 2014 9:17 am

Is it possible to receive uploaded files automatically via e-mail, rather than signing into the site to download them? It looks like you were adding such functionality a couple of years ago, but this page doesn’t seem to reflect that the feature has been added.

Posted by: Kevin | Aug 29th, 2016 4:38 am

Kevin, if those uploaded files are images, we can set up individual forms so they can be accessed for a limited number of days to via the email notification without having to sign in.

FormSmarts Posted by: FormSmarts | Aug 29th, 2016 4:48 am

Can the file upload form allow users to upload multiple files ?

Posted by: Reuben Alvesson | Jul 27th, 2017 7:09 pm

Reuben, you can add multiple file upload controls to a form to allow users to upload multiple files.

FormSmarts Posted by: FormSmarts | Aug 18th, 2017 3:27 am

How do you retrieve an image uploaded to a form from your participants?

Posted by: Kelli | Nov 30th, 2017 2:45 pm

Kelli, you can retrieve images uploaded to a form via the link in the email notification. There is also an option to display images in the email (contact us if you need this enabled). You can also view an entry and associated images online via the View Online link at the bottom of the email. You can also get a spreadsheet with aggregated form entries and links to images from the Report Generator.

FormSmarts Posted by: FormSmarts | Nov 30th, 2017 10:22 pm

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