# Basic Installation

Getform is the perfect solution for static sites that need a form backend, and works anywhere HTML forms can be rendered.

# Basic Form Installation

To start using Getform to power your web forms, you'll need the following:

  • A Getform account
  • An HTML Form
  • A unique form endpoint (generated by Getform)

# Step 1 - Creating a simple HTML Form

In order to use Getform, you're going to need an HTML form. If you don't already have one, you can start with the following example:

<form action="#" method="POST">
  <input type="text" name="name">
  <input type="email" name="email">
  <input type="text" name="message">
  <button type="submit">Send</button>
</form>

The action="#" determines where submitted data will be posted for processing.

# Step 2 - Creating a new form endpoint on Getform

After creating and verifying your Getform account, you can click to Create button from the top left of your dashboard to create a new form endpoint. Simply name your form, select a timezone in which your submissions will be displayed and click "Create".

create-endpoint

Important

You can set a custom redirect URL only if you have a premium plan. Forms of free plan holder will be redirected to https://getform.io/thank-you (opens new window) upon successful submission.

# Step 3 - Completing the Basic installation

After creating an endpoint, select the form you have created on your dashboard and head over to the "Settings" > "Setup" tab to simply copy/paste the URL endpoint into your form's action attribute. If you used the example form above, it should now look like this:

<form action="https://getform.io/f/{your-form-endpoint}" method="POST">
  <input type="text" name="name">
  <input type="email" name="email">
  <input type="text" name="message">
  <button type="submit">Send</button>
</form>

TIPS

  • Every form input field you added to your form must have the name attribute with a unique name.

  • If you want to post your data using JavaScript, you should add a content type to your form tag. Supported content types are "Content-Type: json", "Content-Type: formdata" and "Content-Type: x-www-form-urlencoded"

  • If you want to get a response message as JSON, then you must set the HTTP Accept Header to application/json .

And that's it! You're all set to collect submissions from your endpoint.