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Action Form 5 - The Easy, Complex and Most Flexible Form Builder for DNN

posted by DNN Sharp - 04/03/2018

Not Just Another Form Builder. 

An Application Development Framework

Action Form was built to act like the base for all your user interactions regardless of what you’re building with DNN. Anything that requires a form submission can be created with Action Form in no time


Modern and Responsive

Built on top of popular Bootstrap, looking sleek and taking advantage of built-in responsive capabilities

Easy to Use

Ultra friendly interface. It takes minutes to set up even complex forms with little to no technical skills

Extensibility and Integrations

Can be extended with new actions, controls and more. Dozens of integrations available out of the box


 DNN: See Compatibility Matrix    SQL Server 2012+  ASP.NET 4.5.2   IE10+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera  IIS 7.0+ 


Important License Information
  • The license covers a single domain (i.e.,
  • If you require additional domains for development or testing, you will require additional licenses for each (i.e.,
  • The license period is for one year. 
  • There is no renewal discount.
  • We lock the administrative screen for expired licenses.  You may continue to use forms already developed, but you will not be able to modify them.
  • Once you apply the license, it is locked to the domain name.  If you apply the license to the wrong domain name, the only recourse is to purchase another license.


What's New
Warning: This product is not compatible with DNN Sharp products that have been retired. Do not install it on a site that has any of the following retired modules installed: Action Grid, DNN API Endpoint, Info Box, My Tokens, NavXP, Redirect Toolkit, Sharp Scheduler, Sharp CDN, Tabs Pro, or URL Adapter. This product is compatible only with current versions of DNN Sharp active products (Action Form, Search Boost, and their related add-ons). Contact [email protected] to learn more or to upgrade to the replacement platform PlantAnApp.
Powerful Features That Put You In Control
  • True Drag & Drop

    Using a simple AJAX admin console it takes minutes to setup the most complex forms.

  • Multi Column Layouts

    You can place multiple fields on same row and easily drag and resize fields to control layout.

  • Custom Layouts

    If the drag & drop layout mechanism is not enough, you can manually build the layout using an HTML template.

  • Data Binding Layer

    Data binding runs on the client side to dynamically show/hide form fields, compute values from existing form data.

  • Bind Values

    Action Form dynamically computes the value, visibility and on change handler to fields.

  • Expressions Engine

    New expressions engine allows more complex, C# style, syntax in the Condition field for fields and actions

  • My Tokens Integration

    If My Tokens is installed, Action Form will call it to replace tokens in HTML texts, email recipients, subjects and bodies.

  • Action Grid Integration

    Action Form integrates with Action Grid enabling the management of the submitted Action Form entries from different forms

  • Multiple Add-ons Available

    Action Form is powerful, but the 16+ available extensions raise its power level to the sky!

  • Powerful XSL Template Engine

    The forms are rendered using XSL templates. This means you have full control over the layout and styles.

  • Bootstrap Template

    We've recompiled Twitter Bootstrap to make it compatible with DNN and give our forms a modern look and feel.

  • Extensible Framework

    You can easily extend Action Form with new form fields, actions and validators just from config files.

  • Country and Region Controls

    These are linked directly to DNN Lists in the database. If a region field comes exactly after a country field then they are linked together.

  • Events and Actions

    Action Form is all about actions! Attach a list of actions to events such as submit. The actions are executed in that particular order

  • Multi Step Submits

    Action Form can stop execution of actions to ask for user input before returning control back to the server and continue with the rest of the actions.

  • Predefined Fields

    Action Form comes with some predefined fields that you can just choose; additionally, you can create your own predefined fields and place them in the Config folder under Desktop Modules

  • Conditional Action

    Write a condition that will determine at submit time either the action will get executed or not. The condition is a My Tokens expression that returns true/false.

  • Customize Appearance

    With Action Form, you can customize the look and feel of your form to help it blend in with your site design, from changing the form background, to choosing the text color and padding.

  • Link Two Dropdowns

    With this option you can link any 2 multiple choice controls together, so when one changes, the options in the other change.

  • Server Request Action

    This action replaces the POST Data and supports multiple HTTP methods and HTTP headers

  • Regex Parsing Action

    This feature was implemented once with Action Form 3.2 and is very useful for extracting data from a Server Request

  • Redirect Actions

    Action Form can be configured to redirect to a page or document form current portal or an arbitrary URL. After a redirection no other actions will get executed.

  • PayPal Integration

    Action Form integrates with PayPal to collect one time payments or recurring payments before granting access to the resource.

  • Complex Controls

    Action Form can easily support more complex controls, such as the Rich Text control or the date picker field. More can be created in the config files.

  • Load User Into Context

    A form runs in the context of a user. It could be the current user performing the submit or it could be the result of other actions. This lets you manually set a user.

  • Execute SQL Queries

    Action Form can be configured to execute SQL Queries with the form data and stores the output for use in other actions. Optionally it can load multiple columns at once.

  • Inject Data Into Context

    This action lets you add data to form manually. This is very useful for example to add data that is specific to the button that was clicked.

  • Update User Profile

    This action will automatically match form field with user profile settings and update them accordingly.

  • Revoke Roles Action

    Action Form allows you to revoke the specified security role from a user.

  • Integrate Multiple Forms

    Think for example about building a wizard by saving the form state then loading back in the next form

  • Send Emails

    This action will send an email to the user or to an arbitrary list of recipients. Optionally attach a list of files, which can be existing files or files that were uploaded with the form.

  • Predefined Validators

    Action Form already comes with a few common validators, such as email format validation, web address validation, number validation and check that an username is available among others

  • Custom Validators

    Action Form has an extensible mechanism to create validations based on regular expression, SQL queries or .net assemblies. These are configured in the XML configuration files.

  • Skip Validation

    If a validation fails but you want to proceed anyway, add this action to the 'validation failed' event.

  • Button Group Control

    This option is useful when you have multiple buttons and need to align them together.

  • Re-Post Data

    This action will resubmit the form to another URL from the client side, so it's just as the user had submitted to that URL in the first place

  • Permissions Grid

    Action Form's highly granular permissions system allows you to efficiently manage permissions for different roles. It's an easy to grasp overview of what a role can do on your portal

  • Setup Security Roles

    On successful submission, Action Form can be configured to grant additional roles to the user useful to unlock specific functions or content. Optionally, each role can be configured with an expiration interval.

  • Make HTTP Request

    This option allows integrating with other systems, such as CRM applications. Action Form will post data to given URL using customizable named parameters

  • Group Validation

    Action Form supports validating a group of controls at once. There is one group validator that requires that at least one field in a group is filled in and valid

  • Web Service Validation

    This is a group validator that can be configured in the XML configuration (sample included). On submit, it will call a web serivce to validate the input

  • Captcha Protection

    This option allows protecting the form from automated submissions. Action Form uses DNN Captcha control, so make sure this is configured properly

  • Form State Actions

    This set of actions allows saving the form state in the user server session or it will auto save form state in browser cookies in order to load it back later

  • Autocomplete Option

    Action Form allows you to provide an URL to get suggestions. You can use DNN API Endpoint to feed these autocomplete suggestions

  • .CSV Reports

    The data submitted with Action Form can be downloaded and displayed in an .CSV file that can be edited and reuploaded back

  • Bulk DNN Tags

    With this action, Action Form can be configured to bulk insert tags in the DNN Taxonomy



Dozens Extensions To Leverage The Full Potential Of Action Form
DNN MailChimp Add-on

Turn your DNN portal into a marketing leads generation machine.

DNN Campaign Monitor Add-on

Get on an email marketing strategy using the extremely popular Campaign Monitor service.

Page Actions Add-on

Work smarter, not harder when it's come to define role capabilities to manage DNN pages.

Job Application Add-on

Have a streamlined approach to resume submission.

DNN Module Actions Add-on

Define role capabilities to add, load, update or delete DNN modules.

DNN Advanced Search Add-on

Tailor your DNN portal’s search results by means of advanced filtering created through custom forms.

DNN Constant Contact Add-on

Add contacts to your Constant Contact mailing list when they fill out Action Form powered forms.

DNN Clickatell Add-on

Send SMS messages through a Clickatell account to alert mobile users when a form is submitted.

My Action Form Uniqueizer Add-on

Prevent multiple submissions, based on e-mail address, displaying an personalized error message accordingly.

DNN Salesforce Add-on

Integrate sales, support and marketing processes with the powerful Salesforce CRM application.

DNN Authorize.Net Add-on

Accept credit cards payments and e-checks in a fast, easy and secure way.

DNN PDF Generator Add-on

Create PDF documents from your DNN portal using form data captured from Action Form.

DNN Electronic Signature Add-on

Capture signatures online by allowig user to sign forms using touchscreen devices, touch pads or mouse.

DNN Podio Add-on

Build a centralized collaborative work platform by integrating your DNN portal with Podio platform

DNN PayPal Add-on

Collect credit card payments with PayPal right on your DNN portal

DNN Aweber Add-on

Automatically add subscribers to your Aweber lists

DNN Excel Generator Add-on

Create Excel spreadsheets using data captured with DNN Sharp's modules

DNN Stripe Add-on

Accept instant credit card payments through Stripe right on your DNN portal

EasyDNNnews Add-on

Make DNN Sharp's modules and EasyDNNnews talk to each other in a jiffy

Hotcakes Add-on

Add products directly into Hotcakes shopping cart by means of DNN Sharp’s modules

Social Media Integration Add-on

Smooth integration with Facebook, Twitter and Google+

Build Your Own Extensions

Join the third-party developer team and create your own premium extensions. There's a very shallow learning curve, so you'll quickly create great extensions. Your extension could be the next DNN best seller.

Contact us for more information

Application Screenshots
Form Events
Add Action Option
Bind Expressions
First Name Settings
General Settings
Button Settings
Layout Mode
You Have Questions, We Have The Answers

Frequently asked questions cover answers to most of the questions that you might have related to Action Form. Please read this section carefully before waiting for support. Who knows? You might find the answer quicker than expected.

FAQ 1. Is there a trial version available?

Yes. You can download the Action Form 30 day free trial from  here

The trial version is identical to the full version, except for the time limitations.

FAQ 2. Can I extend my trial?

No, but for outstanding situations, please email us at [email protected].

FAQ 3. Will I lose the settings I make during the trial when I buy?

Absolutely not. You just need to use for activation the registration key received via email after the purchase was made.

FAQ 4. I’ve hired a developer to work on my site. Who should buy the license?

You should. It is always best for you, the site owner, to have access to your account on That’s how you access downloads, license keys, and support. You can purchase an Action Form license under your own name and then give the developer the license key for the site. That way, you retain control of your own module purchase in the event that you need access or decide to switch developers.

FAQ 5. Can I use Action Form to build and distribute applications?

You can integrate and distribute Action Form with your own products, but it should not be main functionality, it shoud be added value, and should not be in competition with our existing product. If we go into competition later, the developer will still be allowed to use the version he owns at that time, and continue to develop it, but will not receive new updates.

FAQ 6. Can I have one instance for dev, staging and live?

Yes, but each instance requires a license.

FAQ 7. Can the license be transferred?

Yes, but only if there is a transfer of ownership of the entire product.

FAQ 8. Can I upgrade to different license type later?

Yes, you can upgrade to a higher tier (and more value-packed) license for just the price difference in qualifying purchases made within the past 3 months. If your purchase was made more than 3 months ago, don’t worry, we still have a special offer for you. Just email us at [email protected].

FAQ 9. Where can I get help?

On our Community Forum.

FAQ 10. If I upgrade my DNN version, do I need to also upgrade the module?

It's recommended because we test and optimize for new versions. Sometimes, new DNN version also breaks our modules so then you'll be required to upgrade. It's recommended to upgrade all at once to optimize the Q&A costs.

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When it comes to support we pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our clients. One of the greatest joys we get is the awesome stuff we see based on the concerted effort of both our clients and ourselves. With dedicated support staff at your back, you can be sure that you will get your DNN portal up and running without a hitch.