How to Add a CAPTCHA to Your Form

March 26, 2024

A CAPTCHA requests that users complete simple challenges to help protect your forms against spammers and spambots that are programmed to attack websites flooding by them with tons of unwanted information.

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You can add a CAPTCHA to your form by following the steps below:

  1. Click the Add Form Element button in the Form Builder.
  2. Find the CAPTCHA element under Basic Elements.
  3. Drag and drop the element into your form.

Jotform has three types of CAPTCHAs: hCAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA, and JotCAPTCHA. You can change the CAPTCHA type from the element’s Properties panel.


What is hCAPTCHA?

hCAPTCHA is another form of CAPTCHA specializing in deep learning and visual domain machine learning at scale, focusing on securing online systems from increasingly sophisticated modern threats. hCAPTCHA is the default CAPTCHA for Jotform.

What is reCAPTCHA?

reCAPTCHA uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive challenges to keep malicious bots from engaging in abusive activities on your forms. With reCAPTCHA, you can toggle to use the Google Invisible reCAPTCHA. Invisible reCAPTCHA is Google’s improved CAPTCHA system, which can differentiate humans from bots without additional input from the user. Google’s Invisible reCAPTCHA will only activate when the user’s browsing patterns are, in some way, suspicious.

To use Google’s Invisible reCAPTCHA, please follow these steps:

  1. In the Captcha Properties panel, select the reCAPTCHA option.
  2. Toggle Use Google Invisible reCAPTCHA to “On” if you wish reCAPTCHA to be hidden. You can also toggle to display the badge.

What is JotCAPTCHA?

JotCAPTCHA is Jotform’s very own CAPTCHA alternative. If you want to use a simple CAPTCHA where users only enter a text from the provided image, you can switch to JotCAPTCHA.



If your users entered the correct JotCAPTCHA, the form should submit right away. However, if the user entered an incorrect JotCAPTCHA, the form will redirect them to a separate page with the reCAPTCHA as secondary validation. They have to proceed with the reCAPTCHA prompt and click the submit button on the page.

When you add a CAPTCHA to your form, it’s automatically set to “required”.

We also have some advanced CAPTCHA widgets that you can use. You can check them below:

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