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Simple and painless form processing for static sites.

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Simple and painless form processing for static sites.


I have several sites hosted on AWS S3 for pennies a month… and I didn’t want to pay $20 per month (per form) for processing contact forms!

20+ domains powered by 1 Heroku app = Profit!


  • Multi site support.
  • Unlimited forms
  • Unlimited submissions
  • Spam Protection via Akismet.
  • Submit forms with AJAX.
  • REST API to manage forms.


  1. Install django-fwdform:

    pip install django-fwdform
  2. Add fwdform to INSTALLED_APPS:

  3. Sync database:

    python migrate
  4. Add fwdform.urls to your project’s urls module:

    urlpatterns = patterns(
        url(r'^', include('fwdform.urls', namespace='fwdform')),


This package requires django-cors-headers to be installed and configured correctly. When django-fwdform is installed using pip, django-cors-headers is automatically installed.

You will need to add corsheaders middleware class to MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES settings:


Note that CorsMiddleware needs to come before Django’s CommonMiddleware.

Allow CORS requests from all domains:


For more information, see

Sample Form

<form action="//<form_hash>/" method="POST">
    <input type="text" name="name" required="required"/>
    <input type="email" name="email" required="required" />
    <textarea name="message" rows="5"></textarea>
    <input type="submit" value="Send">

Special Form Inputs


By default, after submitting a form the user is shown the FwdForm “Thank You” page. You can provide an alternative URL for that page.

<input type="hidden" name="_next" value="//" />


This value is used for the email’s subject:

<input type="hidden" name="_subject" value="Contact Form" />


Add this “honeypot” field. If a value is provided, the submission will be silently ignored. The input should be hidden with CSS:

<input type="text" name="_gotcha" style="display:none;" />


Span prevention via Akismet - Spam checker backend looks for these specially named form inputs:

<input type="text" name="name" placeholder="Your Name">
<input type="email" name="email" placeholder="Your Email">
<textarea name="message" rows="5"></textarea>

Rest API

Register a form, this returns a hashid for the newly created form:

$ curl --data "name=Contact%20Form&"<site_token>/
{"hashid": "0rPGVlYZWqMRE8OebjoM1ogpmvNL23A9dxJzywQD"}

Update existing form config by passing a known hashid as a param:

$ curl --data ""<site_token>/

AJAX Submission

You can use fwdform via AJAX. This even works cross-origin.

If you’re using jQuery this can be done like so:

    url: $form.attr("action"),
    method: "POST",
    data: $form.serialize(),
    dataType: "json",
    headers: {"X-Requested-With": "XMLHttpRequest"},

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