How to Set Up the Configurable List Widget

April 11, 2024

With the Configurable List widget, you can define and display a set of fields or questions on your form. Your respondents can then add and answer as many of those fieldsets on your form as you allow. This is ideal for asking a set of questions multiple times.

Setting Up the Widget

To use the Configurable List widget

  1. In the Form Builder, select Add Form Element in the upper-left corner.
Step to add form elements in Jotform
  1. In Form Elements, go to Widgets at the top.
  2. Search and select Configurable List.
Steps to add a Configurable List widget in Jotform
  1. Configure your fields in Widget Settings.
Steps to configure fields in Jotform Configurable List

Here’s the list and syntax of supported field types that you can use in your dynamic list. Separate each field declaration with a line break:

text

Accepts single-line plain texts.​

[label]:text[:placeholder]

Examples:

  • Name: text
  • Email: text: Type here…

number

Accepts numbers only.

[label]:number[:placeholder:step,min,max]

Example: 

  • Quantity: number
  • Age: number: Enter your age
  • Rating: number:: 1, 1, 10

textarea

Accepts plain texts and line breaks.

[label]:textarea[:placeholder]

Example: 

  • Notes: textarea
  • Comments: textarea: Type here…

A list of options in a drop-down list.

[label]:dropdown:option1[,option2,...:placeholder]

To have one of the options selected by default, replace placeholder with one of the options on your list.

Examples:

  • Pizza: dropdown: Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage
  • Size: dropdown: Small, Medium, Large: Please select
  • Drink: dropdown: Apple, Orange, Pineapple: Orange

radio

Single Choice (radio button) — select one of the available options.

[label]:radio:option1[,option2,...]

Examples:

  • Order: radio: Pick-up, Deliver
  • Vegetable: radio: Carrot, Radish, Broccoli

checkbox

Multiple Choice — check off available options.

[label]:checkbox:option1[,option2,...]

Examples:

  • Addons: checkbox: Soda, Salad, Fries
  • Sauce: checkbox: Sweet, Sour, Spicy

dateInput

A date picker with calendar pop-up.

[label]:dateInput[:format]

If the date format is undefined or invalid, it defaults to y/m/d. You can interchange the letters as you wish.

Examples:

  • Date: dateInput
  • Date of Birth: dateInput: m/d/y

timeInput

A time selector.

[label]:timeInput:format[,now] 
  • The allowed format values are 12 (with AM/PM selector) and 24. If invalid, it defaults to 12.
  • To set the current time as default, append “,now” to the declaration.

Examples:

  • Arrival Time: timeInput: 24
  • Current Time: timeInput: 12, now

date

A three-field date picker.

[label]:date[:format:range:today]
  • If the date format is undefined or invalid, it defaults to y/m/d. You can interchange the letters as you wish.
  • The year range is formatted as start-end (e.g., 2015-2025). If undefined or invalid, it defaults to 10 years back up to the next year.
  • To set the current date as default, append “:today” to the declaration.

Examples:

  • Date of Birth: date
  • Arrival Date: date: m/d/y: 2025-2030
  • Date: date: d/m/y:: today

time

A three-field time selector.

[label]:time[:format,now]
  • The allowed format values are 12 (with AM/PM selector) and 24. If undefined or invalid, it defaults to 12.
  • To set the current time as the default, append “,now” to the declaration.

Examples:

  • Arrival Time: time
  • Current Time: time: 12, now

static

Display a message or text.

[label]:static:[text]

You can include some basic text-related HTML tags.

Examples:

  • Note: static: We are open 24/7.
  • Tip: static: Click on the <strong>Add Row</strong> button to add more.

Setting Fields as “Required”

To prevent your form fillers from skipping mandatory fields, you can set them as “required” by adding an asterisk (“*”) at the beginning of the field declaration.

An arrow pointing to the asterisk prefix in the Configurable List widget's configuration

Your form fillers won’t be able to submit the form as long as the required fields are empty.

Setting Up Other Configurations

In the Widget Settings pane on the right, scroll down past Fields configuration under the General tab to see more options to configure the widget.

The Configurable List widget's additional options in Form Builder

Here are the available options:

  • Minimal rows number — The minimum number of fieldsets to display on your form.
  • Maximal rows number — The maximum number of fieldsets allowed on your form. Zero stands for unlimited.
  • Label for Add — The text to appear in the “add” button.

Changing How the List Looks

It’s often necessary to style your form to look exactly how you would like, perhaps to match your product image or corporate identity among other reasons. With this widget, you can further customize how the list looks by adding your custom CSS codes.

To apply custom CSS

  1. Select the widget’s wand icon to open Widget Settings.
  2. In the Widget Settings pane on the right, go to the Custom CSS tab.
  3. Enter your custom CSS codes in the textarea.
  4. Once you’re done, select Updated Widget at the bottom to save your changes.
Steps to add custom CSS in the Configurable List widget
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