PDF Attachment

A form addon to convert user-submitted data from a WordPress form to PDF attachments.

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Works with any WordPress theme

Generate PDF upon form submission

PDF Attachment Addon provides functionality for interactive PDF forms. It generates a PDF file automatically each time a form is submitted, saves the record in the Uploads folder, and offers two possible after-submit actions: attach a PDF to the email confirmation and open it for further downloading.

Such a PDF form generator boasts multiple uses. It can help you save PDF application form entries, medical reports, tickets, receipts, customer trip plans, vacation requests, and more.

Addon Functionality:
  • Generate PDF based on form entries
  • Attach PDF to emails and send it to users
  • Export and save the PDF to WordPress Uploads folder
  • Open the PDF file after the form is submitted
 patient report PDF form submission

Build Dynamic PDF Templates

Conditional block

It allows you to render some parts of the HTML depending on other fields’ values.

Dynamic Visibility

Using the JetEngine toolkit, show different template content to certain user roles.

Secure PDF creation 

Save generated PDF files to the Uploads folder, protected from public access via .htaccess.

Automatic current date output

Add a Hidden Field to the form and pull the date and time it was submitted for the PDF.

generating PDF for job application form
Custom PDF template

Build custom templates for generated PDF files and customize their layouts and content.

Form macros

Use form field macros to output form data to the PDF template. 

Editable template blocks

Edit content within the Heading, Paragraph, Image, Columns, Custom HTML, and Table blocks.

Customize PDF content 

Adjust the template content, including font style, text color, background color, etc.

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How to Configure PDF Attachment

How to set up

To install the addon, go to WordPress Dashboard > JetFormBuilder > Addons and find the “PDF Attachment” addon in the All Available Addons section. Press the “Install Addon” button, and once installed, it will appear in Your Installed Addons. Next, click “Activate Addon” to prepare it for further work.

PDF attachment installation and activation

As you can see, all PRO version addons can be installed and activated via the JetFormBuilder dashboard.

PDF Attachment Settings

After installing and activating the plugin, go to the WordPress Dashboard > JetFormBuilder > Forms and open one of the created forms or create a new one.

For example, we opened the Contact Form with “Email” and “Subject” Text Fields, “Message” Wysiwyg Field, Media Field for images, and Action Button blocks. Also, the form contains the “Send Email” and Save Form Record” post submit actions.

Switch to the JetForm settings tab in the right sidebar, unfold the Post Submit Actions> tab, push the “+ New Action” button, and pick the “Generate PDF” action from the drop-down list.

generate pdf post submit action

Hit the “pencil” icon to observe its settings in the Edit Action pop-up:

generate pdf action settings
Select PDF Template

The SELECT PDF TEMPLATE is a drop-down menu that allows selecting templates for the PDF document with the submitted information. To create a new template, click the “Add new template” button.

select pdf template

It creates a new template with the “Samle template [locale time]” name and opens it in a new window.

sample template for the pdf attachment

The title can be edited according to your preferences.

You can customize the template content by entering the field label and name in the ‘[field label]: %[field name]%’ format (remove square brackets after filling), specifying the submitted values that you wish to display in the PDF attachment (e.g., “Email: %email%”).

The ‘%field name%’ macro with the field name can be used in the Paragraph, Heading, Custom HTML, Table, and Image blocks.

To insert [%field name%] macros more conveniently, click the needed block and hit the “[/]” button from the block toolbar to activate the drop-down list and pick the required field.

inserting macro with the field name

In the Table block, you can insert the field label in the first column and the macro with the field name in the second.

table block in the template for pdf attachment

To insert an image from the Media Field to the PDF file, place the Image block, hit the “[/]” button, and pick the Media Field from the drop-down.

You can use only one macro for one Image block. If the user adds more than one image in the Media Field, the Image block will display only the first one.
macro with the media meta field name in the image block

If you hit the “Replace” button from the block toolbar, as the Current media URL, you’ll get a URL with such a pattern:


In our case, ‘<field_name>’ is replaced with the Media Field name — ‘image_field.’

current media url

You can use a Conditional Block in the template as well.

In the SELECT FORM field in the JetTemplate tab, you can set the form for the current template. If you assign a form here, the “[/]” button will be available in the block toolbar to insert macros with the field names from the certain form. Even if you don’t assign a form to the template, it will still work correctly.

select jetformbuilder form

When you finish customizing the template, hit the “Update” button.

After creating the PDF template will be attached to the action, and the “Add new template” button will be changed to “Edit template.”

All created templates can be found in the WordPress Dashboard > JetFormBuilder > Templates tab.

edit pdf template
File name

Here, you can type static text or use macros. To use the template name, keep the ‘%_template_name%’ macro or leave the field empty. By clicking the “wrench” icon, you can insert a macro with a field name to use the field submitted value as the file name.

Attach to the Send Email action

When this button is pressed, it opens a tooltip with a “Confirm” button. When clicked, a new “Send Email” action is created, or an existing one is modified, following the current “Generate PDF” action.

attach to the send email action

Afterward, you can hit the “Go to the action” link to open the “Send Email” action settings and scroll to the ATTACHMENTS option.

pdf attachment in the send email action
Save generated PDF

The option determines whether the generated file should be saved on the server after all actions are completed.

If it is disabled, the file that was generated during the execution of the action will be deleted already after the execution of all actions.

If enabled, the generated file will be uploaded as an attachment to the Media Library; it can also be found on the Form Records Page if the “Save Form Record” action is added to the form.

For this tutorial, we activated this toggle.

save generated pdf toggle
Messages Settings


After managing the action settings, press the “Update” button.

Checking the Results

To set the form style settings, you can install the free JetStyleManager plugin. Customize the form and hit the “Publish/Update” button.

Open the page or template where the form should be located and place it using the JetForm widget (in Elementor), JetForm block (in Block Editor), or JetForm element (in Bricks). From the CHOOSE FORM drop-down list, select the built form. Learn about other settings from the JetForm Overview.

contact form on the front end

We placed our form on the page edited in the WordPress block editor. To display the form on other page builders, check our guide on How to Display a Form on the Front End.

Open the page where the form is located on the front end, fill in the fields, and submit the form.

submitting the contact form to generate the pdf file

With the “Send Email” action performed, we got an email with a PDF attachment.

email with pdf attachment

If we open the attachment, we can observe information from the submitted form fields.

pdf attachment from email

With the “Save Form Record” action, the submitted form details are stored in the WordPress Dashboard > JetFormBuilder > Form Records tab.

Find the needed form record and click on “View.”

jetformbuilder from records

In the bottom right corner, you can find the Generated PDF.

generated pdf in the from record

If you hit the “View” button, you can observe the PDF file. If you push the “Edit” button, you’ll open the attachment in the Media Library.

pdf attachment in the media library
Tip: When selecting a custom color for text, it is advisable to use the color picker rather than the default color values.

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