Gravity PDF 5 Minute Installation
Gravity PDF is a free WordPress plugin built for the popular premium form builder software, Gravity Forms. Gravity PDF allows you to generate PDF documents that contain user-data captured with Gravity Forms.
The look and feel of the PDF is controlled through templates. The software comes with four free template designs, but you can also purchase additional templates from the template shop, build your own using HTML and CSS or have our team custom-build one for you – our team can even auto-populate existing PDF documents like government forms (not available in our free edition).
If you enjoy video tutorials, you can watch a 13-minute Getting Started video for Gravity PDF where Gravity PDF's lead developer takes you through the installation and basic setup process, but also goes into more detail about the various Gravity PDF features and settings available.
Assuming you meet the software minimum requirements, the installation is a breeze. Head to
Plugins -> Add New in your WordPress admin area, search Gravity PDF, click Install Now and activate. It's that simple!
View additional information about the software requirements and other installation procedures.
After activating the plugin for the first time, you'll be prompted to install the core font files needed to generate your PDFs. Click the
Install Core Fonts button and Gravity PDF will download and save the fonts locally. This is a one-time action and once complete you won't need to repeat this step again.
View additional information about the Core Fonts that are installed, and alternate installation methods
After activating, head to
Form -> Settings -> PDF and check over the plugin's default settings. The software uses sane defaults, but you may want to tweak the default paper size, template and font family, size and colour. You may also want to enable on Background Processing for faster form processing.
View more information about the general PDF settings.
Creating a PDF
Next, it's time to setup a PDF for one of your Gravity Forms. Select
Forms in the main navigation and then choose one of the forms you want to integrate with. From the form editor page that loads, hover on the
Settings menu in the horizontal navigation and choose
Add New button to create a PDF.
While there are a lot of options available to you, only the
Filename settings are required. Go ahead and fill those in. You can choose a
Template from the dropdown or leave it set to the default option. If you want the PDF automatically attached to the email when your form is submitted select the Gravity Forms Notification you want to attach it to in the PDF Notifications setting. Finally, click Add PDF to complete the setup.
Now that you've setup the PDF you can view and download it from the Gravity Forms Entries page in your admin area (just make sure you've submitted an entry already). If you configured it, when a new entry is submitted the generated PDF will be attached to the email notification.
View more information about configuring PDFs.
PDF Download Link
If you would like to add a link to the PDF on your form's Confirmation page you'll need to use the
[gravitypdf] shortcode. Read more about it in our shortcode documentation.
Help and Support
If you run into trouble during any of these steps head to our support page. From there you can search and review our documentation, or get in touch with our friendly support team should you still have issues.