Shows a Form from APS

(See it live: Form Quickstart)


Basic Usage



Any content in the body of <adf-form> will be shown when no form definition is found:

<adf-form .... >

    <div empty-form >
        <h2>Empty form</h2>


Class members


NameTypeDefault valueDescription
dataFormValuesCustom form values map to be used with the rendered form.
disableCompleteButtonbooleanfalseIf true then the Complete outcome button is shown but it will be disabled.
disableSaveButtonbooleanfalseIf true then the Save outcome button is shown but will be disabled.
disableStartProcessButtonbooleanfalseIf true then the Start Process outcome button is shown but it will be disabled.
enableFixedSpacedFormbooleantrueThe form will set a prefixed space for invisible fields.
fieldValidatorsFormFieldValidator[]Contains a list of form field validator instances.
formFormModelUnderlying form model instance.
formIdnumberThe id of the form definition to load and display with custom values.
formNamestringName of the form definition to load and display with custom values.
nameNodestringName to assign to the new node where the metadata are stored.
nodeIdstringContent Services node ID for the form metadata.
pathstringPath of the folder where the metadata will be stored.
readOnlybooleanfalseToggle readonly state of the form. Forces all form widgets to render as readonly if enabled.
saveMetadatabooleanfalseToggle saving of form metadata.
showCompleteButtonbooleantrueToggle rendering of the Complete outcome button.
showRefreshButtonbooleantrueToggle rendering of the Refresh button.
showSaveButtonbooleantrueToggle rendering of the Save outcome button.
showTitlebooleantrueToggle rendering of the form title.
showValidationIconbooleantrueToggle rendering of the validation icon next to the form title.
taskIdstringTask id to fetch corresponding form and values.


errorEventEmitter<any>Emitted when any error occurs.
executeOutcomeEventEmitter<FormOutcomeEvent>Emitted when any outcome is executed. Default behaviour can be prevented via event.preventDefault().
formCompletedEventEmitter<FormModel>Emitted when the form is submitted with the Complete outcome.
formContentClickedEventEmitter<ContentLinkModel>Emitted when form content is clicked.
formDataRefreshedEventEmitter<FormModel>Emitted when form values are refreshed due to a data property change.
formErrorEventEmitter<FormFieldModel[]>Emitted when the supplied form values have a validation error.
formLoadedEventEmitter<FormModel>Emitted when the form is loaded or reloaded.
formSavedEventEmitter<FormModel>Emitted when the form is submitted with the Save or custom outcomes.


All formXXX events receive a FormModel instance as their argument:




onFormSaved(form: FormModel) {

Displaying a form

There are various ways to display a form. The common scenarios are detailed below.

Displaying a form instance by task id


For an existing Task both the form and its values will be fetched and displayed.

Displaying a form definition by form id


In this case, only the form definition will be fetched.

Displaying a form definition by form name


Displaying a form definition by ACS nodeId


Here, the node metadata is shown in an APS form. If there is no form defined in APS for the type of node being used then APS will automatically create a new form.

Displaying a form definition by form name, storing the form fields as metadata


The nameNode parameter is optional.

Displaying a form definition by ECM nodeId


Here, the node metadata is shown in an APS Form with the form fields themselves saved as metadata. The nameNode parameter is optional.

Controlling outcome execution behaviour

In unusual circumstances, you may need to take complete control of form outcome execution. You can do this by implementing the executeOutcome event, which is emitted for both system outcomes and custom ones.

Note that by default, the code in your executeOutcome handler is executed before the default behavior but you can switch the default behavior off using event.preventDefault(). You might want to do this, for example, to provide custom form validation or to show a summary of the form validation before it is submitted.




import { FormOutcomeEvent } from '@alfresco/adf-core';

class MyView {

    validateForm(event: FormOutcomeEvent) {
        let outcome = event.outcome;

        // you can also get additional properties of outcomes
        // if you defined them within outcome definition

        if (outcome) {
            let form = outcome.form;
            if (form) {
                // check/update the form here


There are two other functions that can be very useful when you need to control form outcomes:

  • saveTaskForm() - Saves the current form
  • completeTaskForm(outcome?: string) Saves and completes the form with a given outcome name

Field Validators

You can supply a set of validator objects to the form using the fieldValidators property. Each validator implements a check for a particular type of data (eg, a date validator might check that the date in the field falls between 1980 and 2017). ADF supplies a standard set of validators that handle most common cases but you can also implement your own custom validators to replace or extend the set. See the Form Field Validator interface for full details and examples.

Common scenarios

Rendering a form using form definition JSON

See the demo-form file for an example of form definition JSON.

The component below (with the JSON assigned to the formDefinitionJSON property), shows how a form definition is rendered:

    selector: 'sample-form',
    template: `<div class="form-container">
class SampleFormComponent implements OnInit {

    form: FormModel;
    formDefinitionJSON: any;

    constructor(private formService: FormService) {

    ngOnInit() {        
        this.form = this.formService.parseForm(this.formDefinitionJSON);

Changing a field value based on another field

A common scenario is to set the contents of one form field based on the value of another. You could use this, say, to provide two alternative ways of entering the same information or to set up default values that can be edited.

You can implement this in ADF using the formFieldValueChanged event of the Form service. For example, if you had a form with a dropdown widget (id: type) and a multiline text (id:description), you could synchronize their values as follows:

formService.formFieldValueChanged.subscribe((e: FormFieldEvent) => {
    if ( === 'type') {
        const fields: FormFieldModel[] = e.form.getFormFields();
        const description = fields.find(f => === 'description');
        if (description != null) {
            description.value = 'Type set to ' + e.field.value;

The code shown above subscribes to the formFieldValueChanged event to check whether an event is emitted for the type widget. Then it finds the description widget and assigns some text to its value property.

The result should look like the following:

form service sample 01

Responding to all form events

Subscribe to the formEvents event of the Form service to get notification of all form events:

formService.formEvents.subscribe((event: Event) => {
  console.log('Event fired:' + event.type);
  console.log('Event Target:' +;

Customizing the styles of form outcome buttons

You can use normal CSS selectors to style the outcome buttons of your form. Every outcome has an CSS id value following a simple pattern:


In the CSS, you can target any outcome ID and change the style as in this example:

#adf-form-complete {
    background-color: blue !important;
    color: white;

#adf-form-save {
    background-color: green !important;
    color: white;

#adf-form-customoutcome {
    background-color: yellow !important;
    color: white;

form style sample

Alfresco Repositories APS configuration

APS allows you to configure where to store files and folders in your on-site Alfresco repositories.

If you have your repositories configured like this, you can use the attach file/folder form widget to get a file from those repositories and attach it to the Form.

Note: your repositories could be configured to be on different servers from the one where your front-end is deployed. Make sure you are using the right Proxy or configuration, otherwise you will get a cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) error.

Also, don't forget to set the providers property to ALL in the app.config.json login configuration:

"providers": "ALL",

See also

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