Processing form submissions

After a form has been submitted the field values need to be processed. The plugin comes with the ability to automatically save form data to entries and to send custom emails. Emails and entries can be configured in the form settings but are not enabled by default.

If you need to process the form data further the handy action hook af/form/submission should be used. The hook can be used in three different ways.


add_action( 'af/form/submission', 'your_callback_function' );
add_action( 'af/form/submission/id=FORM_ID', 'your_callback_function' );
add_action( 'af/form/submission/key=FORM_KEY', 'your_callback_function' );

The first hook is invoked for all form submissions while the two last ones allow you to specify a form using either the form post ID or form key. It’s recommended to use the form key.

The action passes three different parameters:

To simplify the retrieval of field values a helper function af_get_field is provided which takes the field name/key to find. The function returns a processed value in the same format as ACF’s get_field would.

The following is an example of processing a form submission and extracting the value entered into the field with name “email”.


function handle_form_submission( $form, $fields, $args ) {
    $email = af_get_field( 'email' );
add_action( 'af/form/submission', 'handle_form_submission', 10, 3 );

Note: Previously af_get_field required you to pass the $field array as a second parameter. As of AF 1.1 this is no longer required or recommended.