How to make a fillable PDF in JotForm?

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    Asked on June 15, 2013 at 06:16 PM

    I want to create an offline version of my form for users fill and submit if they don't want to use the form online. But the pdf I created from my form is not fillable. Is there a way to make it fillable? I don't want a static pdf, I want it to be interactive and the users can submit the form after filling it.

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    Answered on June 15, 2013 at 09:53 PM

    UPDATE: Fillable PDF Forms feature has been added in 2015.



    The PDF form is indeed static or read-only. There is no means to achieve a writeable PDF form in the form builder.

    To be able to have a writeable/fillable PDF file, you will need a different software for that (i.e. from .

    Inform us if you have further inquiry.


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    Answered on August 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Hi Support,

    So if I have the "different software" such as Adobe Acrobat X, how does my exported PDF JotForm turn into a fillable one with dropdowns etc?

    Alternatively, if that wouldn't work, is there any way to export the JotForm into a format that any 3rd party software can turn into a fillable and submittable PDF Form?

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    Answered on August 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    One more input sorry for doubling.

    When you create a PDF form, it would be nice to have an option to *not* include file upload elements. I think those should be excluded altogether since they have no use in a printed PDF form, just take up space and cause confusion with some old champs.

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    Answered on August 20, 2013 at 06:29 AM

    @ nagypeterendre 


    If you haven't already, please review also this guide How-to-Create-a-PDF-Form -- this should help on how you can convert the form to PDF format.

    " When you create a PDF form, it would be nice to have an option to *not* include file upload elements. "

    I am not sure how you meant this, but I think you should just not include in the form the upload field element so that when the form is converted to PDF, it will not have this element.

    If you have further inquiry, may I request also that you instead create your own separate thread/topic for it. Use this link to do that


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    Answered on March 16, 2015 at 07:54 PM

    I am very happy to announce that our amazing team of developers have just released the Fillable PDF Form Creator.

    This will allow you to accomplish what you were looking for on this thread.  The feature might still show bugs on some forms, but it works beautifully for most of the forms.

    Please give it a try and let us know your feedback.

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    Ranae Payne
    Answered on March 17, 2015 at 03:51 PM

    For the most part it worked.  However, when I bring up the PDF it shows funny marks at all my drop down boxes and it has completely omitted my pricing check boxes.  I will not be able to use this right now.

    Also, is there anyway for me to upload the form to my website so customers can fill it out but then they have to print it....not submit it?

    Thank you for creating such a wonderful product :)

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    Answered on March 17, 2015 at 06:03 PM

    I have moved your post to a new thread Ranae so that we can properly assist you with this.

    The new thread can be found here:

    We will be replying to you shortly there.

    Thank you.

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    Answered on September 10, 2016 at 03:29 AM

    I have a fillable pdf created with adobe acrobat. I try to upload it and make it an online form, but jotform does not recognise it I guess.


    Am I doing something wrong?

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    Answered on September 10, 2016 at 06:59 AM

    I've moved your question to a new thread, so that we can assist you better.

    Here's the thread URL:

    Please wait for our reply shortly. Thank you!

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    Answered on February 11, 2017 at 03:34 PM

    I have created a form,converted it to PDF and tried several times to convert it on the but geting emails saying we are not able to migrate your PDF to jotform.

    I am using Acrobat Reader

    I have published it on our website just to try it but but it is is only partially loading. 

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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    Answered on February 11, 2017 at 07:28 PM


    I moved your question to another thread, you will find it here: 

    We will assist you there as soon as possible.