TutorialChange field type in an existing Gravity Form

Do you want to change the type of an existing field in an existing Gravity Forms? This handy little snippet does the trick.

To change the field type using our snippet follow this steps:

  1. Open the form editor with the form which contains the field you want to change the type of.
  2. Open the browser console by pressing ‘Ctrl + Shift + i’ or right mouse button + ‘inspect’. This works both in FireFox an Chrome.
  3. Paste the snippet below in your console and hit the enter key.

gwpChangeFieldType = function( fieldId, newType ) {

	for( var i = 0; i < form.fields.length; i++ ) {
		if( form.fields[i].id == fieldId) {
			oldType = form.fields[i].type;
			form.fields[i].type = newType;
			return 'Successfully changed field ' + fieldId + ' from ' + oldType + ' to ' + newType;
		}
	}
	return 'Field not found.'
}

It should look like this:

Screenshot of the browser console window after pasting the snippet to change the field type.
Screenshot of the browser console window after pasting the snippet to change the field type.
  1. Identify the id of the field you want to change the type of. This is a numeric value which you can see when you select the field in the form editor:
Screenshot where to find the field id in the form editor.
Screenshot where to find the field id in the form editor.
  1. Determine what the target field type should be. Common types are: html, hidden, section, text, website, phone, number, date, time, textarea, select, checkbox, radio, name, address, fileupload, email, post_title, post_content, post_excerpt, post_tags, post_category, post_image, post_custom_field, captcha. These are documented in the Gravity Forms documentation under Basic Properties -> type property.
  2. Type gwpChangeFieldType( fieldID, newType) in your console, where fieldID should be replaced with the numeric field ID and the second parameter should be the new field type string. For example: gwpChangeFieldType( 1, ‘number’). Make sure you got it right, then hit enter. On success you will see the following response:
Screenshot of the success message after executing the function to change the field type.
Screenshot of the success message after executing the function to change the field type.

Disclaimer: You should use this snippet with care and only if you know what you are doing. It might impact existing entries and in the worst case result in data loss if the new field type stores values differently. When in doubt always try it in a test environment with a dummy form.

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