How to Prepopulate the Same Form with Data from a Previous Submission?

September 15, 2021

Sometimes, there are cases when multiple submissions are made to a form, one after the other, and the same data (for some fields) is repeatedly typed for each submission.

You can set up the form to copy the data from the previous submission and prepopulate the fields with that data in the new submission. This way, the fields that will have the same data as the previous submission don’t need to be filled again.

The way that this work is:

  • A user opens the form, fills the data, and submits the form.
  • The user gets redirected to the same form but this time the fields are pre-filled with the data entered previously.

You can achieve this by redirecting the users to the same form after submit and prepopulate the form via URL parameters.

Redirect to an external link

Redirect to an external link

Redirect to External Link

https://www.jotform.com/81882902160961?name[first]={name:first}&name[last]={name:last}&email={email}

In the demo form, the fields that will be prepopulated after submission are First Name, Last Name, and Email.

Adjust the redirection with the URL of your form and the field names of your form and you should be good to go. The Unique Name of the fields can be found in the advanced properties of the field.

Unique Name

Unique Name

The users can also be redirected conditionally.

Change “Thank You” Page

Change “Thank You” Page

Demo form: https://www.jotform.com/81885488599989

Note:File Upload fields and some widgets cannot be prepopulated via URL parameters.

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