How to Let Users Update Their Form Submissions at a Later Date

Last Update: May 7, 2017

You can now let users update an entry on a later date. To do so, first create an auto-responder email if it is missing on your form (autoresponders exist by default on new forms). Then add an {edit_link} tag to the body of the email.

When a user submits the form they will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the pre-filled form. From that link, they can update their entry.

1. While you are in the Form Builder go to:

Settings > Emails > Autoresponder > Edit icon

2. Add the {edit_link} to your autoresponder body and save the changes.

Email > Form Fields > Edit Link > Save button


That's it! If you have any questions, please post it to our support forum or leave a comment below!


Nixor (December 14, 2010 at 08:45 AM)

Hi, I have permitted an an Auto Responder email on my form(so that the form and its edit link gets emailed back to the person filling out the form)

But in many cases this does not happen. I am recieving the notifications that a person has applid but the person who has applied is not getting the mail and this is happening for users with gmail and yahoo accounts perhaps more . Please help.

Flick (March 31, 2011 at 05:44 AM)

I have the same problem as above - is there anyway of the edit link for each submission to be sent to me so if I receive an enquiry asking what their personal edit link is I can tell them?


JotFormSupport (April 01, 2011 at 03:12 AM)

Please post your questions to the forum.

areinhart (April 08, 2011 at 03:06 PM)

I agree! I also need access to the individual links from submitters.

jason (August 06, 2012 at 01:30 AM)

same here, would have been nice to see the answer..

nmhgmarketing (October 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM)

When user clicks link and edits form it does not send another, updated autoresponder email. Is there something we need to do to make that happen?

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AdminHAPPY (February 13, 2013 at 02:30 AM)

Hi, I just tested this and it emailed me but did not pre-fill the form??
Did not do the following*****
'When a user submits the form they will receive a confirmation email and it will contain a link to the pre-filled form. Then they can update their entry."

Can you please advise if this is correct and perhaps I have missed something or, it just doesn't work?? Thanks Annie

View Answer (March 19, 2014 at 03:30 PM)

FOR EXACTLY HOW LONG will Jotform keep the pre-filled form data?

Can a user click the "edit" link 12 months later and still recover their original submission?

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Jennifer (April 01, 2014 at 08:54 AM)

When users go to edit their form it does not resubmit the data entered in the form collapse. Is there a way to fix this so that the data in a form collapse is resubmitted along with any new data entered?

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EagleGrace (May 27, 2014 at 05:48 PM)

When I click on the "Edit Submission" link it takes me to a blank form. How can I fix this so it automatically pre-fills the information I entered? I already enabled auto fill. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Kelea (May 28, 2014 at 01:13 PM)

When I do this I can not edit signatures - we want to be able to have one person sign the form, then send to another who then signs on a second signature line.

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profhill (July 26, 2014 at 08:48 PM)

I want to allow those who submit forms to edit until a certain cut-off time. Is that covered by setting the expiration date? Or can a person edit a form even after the form has expired?

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garvief2 (October 06, 2014 at 03:40 PM)

I need to export and save the form edit links with the submissions. How can I do this? Thanx

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djnf (February 23, 2015 at 10:05 AM)

Thanks! This helped me figure it out!

rbeazley (March 04, 2015 at 09:04 PM)

I have followed the steps above. However when I test the form the {edit_link} is not in the email.

Form is


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JamesValleyHousing (March 20, 2015 at 01:57 PM)

I have added the line for edit link just like is says above, but that does not show up on my auto-responder email. I want to be able to open the form again so that I can print it in the form layout that I have created. I saw on another thread that this was the only way to print the filled out form to look like the form that I build.

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bdxbranddynamix (April 09, 2015 at 03:39 PM)

Can i limit data that users can edit?
For example i do not what them to be able to edit their names after submission.

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kingsart (May 05, 2015 at 06:18 AM)

Is there a limit on the number of times a form can be edited and is there a time frame they have to go back and edit the form?

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Air_ranger10k (July 31, 2015 at 09:06 AM)

Can I set a deadline for they to update? we can't allow them update their data from time to time

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kingsart (September 30, 2015 at 12:07 AM)

If a user cannot find their email with the link to edit their submission - how do I resend them a new link?

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LEIOCorp (October 15, 2015 at 11:52 AM)

Is there a way to track changes that a user makes to a form? Any version control or something on a submission similar to the form?

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escolaformacio (November 20, 2015 at 06:33 AM)

I don't have the "edit submission" option!!!! in the Autoresponder

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Gerry2015 (December 10, 2015 at 09:56 AM)

I want to add one question that needs to answered by another person other that the one filling the form. Like an approval from a second party. How can i set this up?

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ctonozzi (March 26, 2016 at 08:06 AM)

Hello, if there is credit card payment info on the form in the first submission, and the user adds data to the form, and then re-submits, will it re-charge the credit card? Any precautions I need to take in this regard? The credit card information is required on my form.

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CTec (May 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM)


Is there not a danger (however small) of anyone coming across the page and being able to edit the data held within?


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defcon6 (September 16, 2016 at 04:00 AM)

I did that but only receive a test mail with the code edit link but no link to edit

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creshjho (February 11, 2017 at 11:19 AM)

but only some specific fields. not all the form.

for eg: i dont want them to change thier name or contact. but only some fileds . when they click on edit link

View Answer (May 01, 2017 at 10:23 AM)

I'm having issues with the edit mode. I have included the edit submission link, but it will not allow my users to edit.


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SharonPalaceWilson (July 03, 2017 at 02:24 PM)

Is there a way in settings to ONLY allow those with the Edit Link to update their forms while disabling the form for any NEW submissions?

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Phil (August 04, 2017 at 01:18 AM)

I have a form that has a document upload field.
1. How will the attachment be displayed in the submission table on the webpage (iframe) e.g. links
2. can the user upload another document via the edit link if they wish to?
Would it override the existing attachment or add to it?

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