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PDF Download Link for Confirmation and Notifications

The PDF Form List Page

You can add a PDF download link to Gravity Forms Confirmation and Notifications with the [gravitypdf] shortcode. Using the optional Entry Attribute you can include the shortcode on any WordPress page. If you only need the raw PDF URL, you can add the raw shortcode attribute or use the PDF Mergetags.


Access denied security message

There are a number of security protocols in place to prevent unauthorised access to PDF documents. Before using this shortcode it's highly recommended you review the documentation detailing PDF security.

Using the Shortcode

A "Download PDF" column on the PDF list

We wanted to make it as simple as possible to use the [gravitypdf] shortcode in your form's confirmations and notifications. With that in mind, we added a Download PDF column to the PDF form list, which has a sample shortcode for each PDF you have set up. Just copy and paste the shortcode sample to your confirmation or notification and click save1. The default behaviour is to generate a download link to the PDF with the text Download PDF. Simple!

Confirmation Types

The Gravity Forms Confirmation is what gets shown to the user after they complete a form. They come in three flavours:

  1. Text Confirmations
  2. Page Confirmations
  3. Redirect Confirmations

We've ensured the [gravitypdf] shortcode works with as little configuration as possible across all confirmation types.

Text Confirmation

The [gravitypdf] shortcode in the Gravity Forms text confirmation

The text confirmation is the simplest Gravity Forms confirmation type. When selected, you can enter a message using the WordPress editor. To get it functioning, you just need to copy and paste the sample shortcode found on the PDF form list.

Page Confirmation

The [gravitypdf] shortcode in the Gravity Forms page confirmation

The page confirmation allows you to redirect users to an existing WordPress page. This method is not quite "copy and paste", but it's close. To get it functioning you need to copy the sample shortcode found on the PDF form list and place it on the WordPress page you're sending your user to. Once done, go back to your confirmation configuration and enable the Pass Field Data Via Query String option. Add entry={entry_id} to the field that appears and click save.


Do not use the Signed PDF URL feature with this confirmation type, as an end user will be able to change the entry ID in the URL and get access to other PDFs. Signed URLs can be safely used with Text or Redirect Confirmation types. Alternatively, non-signed PDF URLs are not vulnerable, and can be safely used in Page Confirmations.

Redirect Confirmation

The [gravitypdf] shortcode in the Gravity Forms redirect confirmation

The redirect confirmation allows you to send the user to another location upon completing their form. If you choose, you can redirect the user straight to a PDF. To get it functioning you need to copy and paste the sample shortcode found on the PDF form list.


If using the signed PDF URL feature with the redirect method, the Pass Field Data Via Query String option will be ignored.

Usage in Notifications

Adding the shortcode to notifications

Gravity Forms Notifications are automated emails sent after the form is submitted. If you would prefer not sending the PDF as an email attachment (usually for security reasons), you can use the [gravitypdf] shortcode and create a direct link to the PDF. Because of the default security protocols, this method is very effective when the recipient has a WordPress user account.

If users aren't logged in when completing the form, use the signed PDF URL feature or add the shortcode to the confirmation page instead.

Building the Shortcode

While we provide a quick and easy way to get a particular PDF's [gravitypdf] shortcode, it's also useful to know what each attribute does, and how it affects the display of the PDF download link that gets generated.


The [gravitypdf] shortcode is customisable and there are a number of attributes which can be used to change the default behaviour.

ID (required)
  • The ID attribute is required and refers to the ID assigned to a particular form's PDF. The easiest way to get the ID is to use the sample shortcode on the PDF form list, as it includes the PDF ID already. However you can find a PDF's ID in the URL when updating the PDF settings. This is denoted by the pid parameter. */wp-admin/admin.php?page=gf_edit_forms&view=settings&subview=pdf&id=2&pid=560f2ef799945*
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945"]
Name (optional)
  • This attribute doesn't affect the shortcode in any way, but does allow you to quickly determine which PDF it references.
Text (optional)
  • This attribute allows you to change the generated link's text which the end-user will see.
  • If the text attribute isn't present, it will default to Download PDF.
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" text="View PDF"]
Type (optional)
  • The type attribute has two valid parameters: download and view. When the download option is set, and a user clicks the PDF link, a save dialog box will open – allowing a user to download and then view the PDF locally. When the view option is set, the PDF will be rendered in their web browser.
  • If the type attribute isn't present, it will default to download.
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" type="view"] or [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" type="view" text="View PDF"]
Signed (optional)
  • The signed attribute tells Gravity PDF to generate a secure PDF URL that auto-expires after a set period. Anyone with access to the signed link can view the PDF (regardless of their user privileges, if any), provided the link hasn't expired.
  • Signed PDF URLs is an alternative authentication method to the default IP-based authentication. It functions correctly even if you've disabled IP addresses using Gravity Forms 2.4+ GDPR feature.
  • Signed URLs do not work across protocols. For example, you cannot display the shortcode on a HTTP page while the PDF loads over HTTPS (or vice versa).
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" signed="1"]
  • Added in Gravity PDF 5.1
Expires (optional)
  • The expires attribute works in conjunction with the signed attribute and it changes the default signed URL timeout period.
  • If the attribute isn't included, the signed URL will fallback to the global Logged Out Timeout setting (20-minutes by default).
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" signed="1" expires="5 minutes"]
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" signed="1" expires="7 days"]
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" signed="1" expires="2 weeks"]
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" signed="1" expires="1 month"]
  • Added in Gravity PDF 5.1
Class (optional)
  • The class attribute allows you to set a specific class on the generated PDF anchor tag (<a></a>). This is useful when you want to style the link a certain way.
  • If the class attribute isn't present it will default to gravitypdf-download-link.
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" class="my-custom-button-class"] or [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" class="my-custom-button-class a-second-class"]
  • The print attribute will automatically open a print dialog box when the PDF is viewed.
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" print="1"]
Entry (semi-optional)
  • When the shortcode is used, in Gravity Form confirmations or notifications this attribute can be omitted (as we already know which entry is being processed). However, if you want to use the shortcode outside of that environment, you need to pass in the Gravity Form entry ID.
  • Alternatively, instead of passing the entry ID directly to the shortcode, you can set the ID via URL parameters (the "query string"). If the entry or lid URL parameters exist its value will be used as the ID (see Page Confirmation for more details).
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" entry="250"] or [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945"] with a URL like
Raw (optional)
  • Instead of generating a link to the PDF, when the raw attribute is enabled the raw PDF URL will be displayed.
  • Example: [gravitypdf id="560f2ef799945" raw="1"]
  • Added in Gravity PDF 5.1

Common Problem

If the [gravitypdf] shortcode doesn't display a link to the PDF, an error likely occurred. To verify this, enable Debug Mode in the Global PDF Settings and test again using an Administrator WordPress account.

Using the Mergetag

Gravity PDF Mergetags are included in the merge tag selector automatically

If you don't need a HTML download link to the PDF, but do want to access the raw PDF URL you can use the PDF Mergetags. These are included automatically in the Gravity Forms Merge Tag selector and can be used anywhere merge tags are supported.

If you'd like the raw signed PDF URL, use the raw attribute with the [gravitypdf] shortcode.

  1. The Page confirmation method requires a little extra configuration than text and redirect confirmations.