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    How can I connect a JotForm to an external database or spreadsheet?

    Asked by digonline on April 01, 2017 at 09:54 PM

    Hi JotForm

    Sorry for what might a dumb question.

    Is there anyway to connect a JotForm to an external database and/or an excel spreadsheet to pre-fill out some fields based on what is entered?

    Is there an API or some other integration?

    Please advise.



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    Answered by Jan on April 02, 2017 at 07:47 AM

    It is possible to send the form submission to your own MySQL database using PHP. Please refer to this guide: How-to-send-Submissions-to-Your-MySQL-Database-Using-PHP.

    You might also want to check JotForm Webhooks. Here's a guide: How-to-Setup-a-Webhook-with-JotForm.

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to use external values or database and populate the form fields. You need to manually enter the values and create multiple Update/Calculate Field conditions in your form. We do have an app called Field Prepopulator. Please refer to this link: https://prepopulate.jotform.io/.

    We have an API documentation that you might want to check. Here's the link: https://api.jotform.com/docs/

    In the API documentation, you'll see GET or POST submission. You can probably use this to retrieve submission data. Here's the URL: https://api.jotform.com/docs/#submission-id.

    Hope that helps. Thank you.