File

Collects documents of any kind from the responder.

This question type is used in cases where the responder needs to upload documents, such as a pdfs of contracts, certificates, prescriptions, etc.

If you would like to ask the responder take a picture of an ID card or themselves, you can use the image upload content type. If you would like the responder to sign a document, you can use the signature content type.

If you don't want the responder to be held up by a file upload question, make sure to have the question be optional.

Setting up a S3 bucket

In order to have the responder upload a file, you need to set up a S3 bucket to specify where the file will be stored. For detailed instructions on setting up a S3 integration in Formsort, you can go to this page.

Naming the files uploaded

You must define a naming pattern for the files that your responders upload by enabling Filename pattern.

You can type in the relevant variable you would like to be included in the name of the file into the field next to the button. For example, if you type in {{first_name}} into the field, a responder with first_name Sally will have their file name show up as Sally.

Note that the extensions will be added automatically. You can also set a fallback naming convention in case the variable is not defined by typing it into the Filename pattern fallback field.

Specifying file types allowed

You can whitelist MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) types by adding them to the Allowed MIME types field. If none are set, the following MIME types will be allowed:

Category

MIME types

Images

image/jpeg

image/gif

image/vnd.microsoft.icon

image/png

image/jpeg

image/jpeg

image/jpeg

image/jpeg

image/svg+xml

Video

image/mp4

Document

application/pdf

You should whitelist MIME types, otherwise you may receive uploads of formats that you cannot process.

Allowing multiple answers

Enabling allow multiple uploads lets the respondent upload more than one file as an answer to a question.