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  • Free version displays a link to the developers site. Upon installation, users will be prompted for an optional validation code to remove the link.
I always needed to create custom forms for my clients websites, Or to migrate their old websites forms fast and easy to new Joomla websites forms, this was pain, as I was using other components for doing this, and create everything from scratch at web based tools. So I created this tool to let me copy and paste code from old sites or after making it in 5 minutes with any HTML editor (e.g: Macromedia DreamWeaver)

Chronoforms is about 6 years old, today it comes with a huge list of features with a very easy to use drag and drop interface to help you build any type of forms you may need, some of the features included are:

1- Basic forms features like fields creation..etc
2- Emails processing.
3- Data validation on form (client-side - JavaScript) and on server.
4- Data storage and management. (Let's you create a table for your form, save data to this table then manage it later) (ChronoConnectivity provides even more management capabilities)
5- Security with built in Captcha + ReCaptcha support.
6- Different Joomla functions. (Joomla registration forms, User Login or Article submission..etc)
7- Access Control to your forms.
8- Payment Integration ( - Paypal Pro -
9- More utilities for common stuff needed like CURL - Email verification - Confirmation pages..etc
10- endless control using an events based system which lets you control everything inside your form if you want to, plus the ability to use PHP code wherever and whenever you need.

1- Big set of free PDF tutorials covering most of the basic features.
2- Free forums with more than 70,000 forums posts covering almost any question you may think about, We try to answer everybody's questions and comments on our forums or through private emails.

You are welcome to visit us :)

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Reviews: 2
It took a while to sort out the email and onsubmit settings. Afterwards, it works for a variety of forms. Thank you.
Reviews: 4
I already own Phil-A-Form, a commercial form component, but the lack of updates and true response to issues such as captcha functionality (requested by many), combined with so called 'life time upgrades' that don't seem to mean that, meant I decided to go with ChronoForms *and* pay for the unbranded option...especially as the J!1.5 version is being worked on at the same time and all future versions are part of the fee. Set up was relatively easy and response to questions was lightening fast !!
Reviews: 3
I have used quite a few extensions and tried most of the other form extensions but think this is the best one for forms available thus far. It allows you to create forms in your usual form building programs and copy and paste the code. So you can stylesheet and build any specific validation rules you want.
Some of the entry areas are a little less than intuitive at first and this is where I think the developers can do a little more work but they do have video examples of how to get started and and also have a very responsive forum area where answers are very quickly available. Also the way they have developed this extension does mean there is a lot of customisation you can do to meet your specific requirements. I think the team at chronoengine have done an excellent job and this is certainly one of my most favoured extensions
Reviews: 2
Under all form extensions Chronoform worked out best for me. Basically its not a form generator as you create your forms by code (beginners should be in a second into it with any HTML reference site). But that's easy and there are pretty much options like email templates, etc. The imageverfication uses a nice image (thats not so often) and the support in the forums is fast. J1.5 RC1 released and under development too.
Reviews: 1
this is a very good tool, highly recommended.
Reviews: 1
After having problems with Phil-A-Forms and incompatibility issues with OpenSEF I decided to try ChronoForms. I must say I am glad I did.

The installation is simple and it only took me about 10 minutes to have my first form up and working properly.

I wish I would have tried this component before buying Phil-A-Form.
Note to Phil Taylor. You should fix Phil-A-Form. At current it is incompatible with the freely available SEF extensions.
Reviews: 4
Robust and easy to use. Excellent support and documentation.Everything you could ask for in an open source world!
Reviews: 1
Generally in life you can get something good, something fast, something cheap... Choose any two out of those three.
I needed to put together a number of registration forms for an event very quickly, with almost no budget, and it all needed to work immediately.
So I downloaded the free trial version of ChronoForms, built my forms in Dreamweaver, copied and pasted the code into the component and spent a couple of hours tweaking the site.
I'm amazed at how easy it was to implement, how simple the process is to understand (I'm a designer, not a coder), and how succesful it's been for me.
I pitched the registration forms to my client, in competition with a major event management company, and because this solution allowed me to design the entire look & feel to match their existing site, we got the job.
So I've paid the license fee happily.

I can't recommend it highly enough.

Only shortcomings are the lack of a data export interface for the component to allow saving the data out as CSV or XML or similar, but I can do that directly from the database, so no big issue for me.

If you prefer to design a form your own way, rather than have to conform to somebody elses idea of how a form should appear, then this is your answer. Genius.
Reviews: 2
This is an awesome component. It can use PHP within the forms. So far I have been able to access data from other databases (on the same machine) and process data using custom PHP code without knowing the Joomla API. Also, with the mambot, I can stick forms within other pages. I am wondering now if this will save me from having to learn the Joomla API. Before this, if I wanted to have different types of custom functionality I was thinking that I might have to write custom extensions. At least in many cases, this is an easy substitute for that.
Reviews: 1
Thanks for this out of this world component!!!
Its easy to setup and intuitive to use. Amazing work... keep it up.

Would like to report a few minor bugs/enhancement requests that I noticed in the version 2.3RC1
1) It would be nice to add the CC and BCC feature in the emails that are sent out on submit of the forms
2) The backup to excel is creating all the rows correctly, but as we go to the next row, the columns are displaced by the number of columns in the previous row
3) When I use the mambot to display the form in any HTML page, then the validations (eg. required) are not working

Apart from the above mentioned issues, the component has far surpassed my expectations and made me a greater fan of joomla.
Reviews: 4
I've tried all the forms extensions and had to ditch them all because they were simply too complicated or time-consuming.

If you find it easier to create forms in HTML, such as Dreamweaver, you'll LOVE ChronoForms!

The support services from ChronoEngine is absolutely top-notch, especially for a FREE Extension. Best bargain of the year! I was so impressed with them that I went ahead anyway and paid $25 for a license.

Do you need to send email to multiple recipients while hiding the email addresses from prying eyes? This can be done!

ChronoForms is a *MUST HAVE* for forms on your Joomla websites.
Reviews: 6
THE component enables writing not only single forms but chain of mutually interconnected forms too and, above it, in very reasonable time.
Javascript and PHP snippets could be included in many different ways. So forms verification and adding intelligence to the forms can be done very easily.
The admin/prog interface is excellent and well commented.
The learning curve of ChronoForms is like a rocket.
Furthermore I have not encountered any bug during very intensive four days programming.
I am the most satisfied user.
Thumbs up!
Reviews: 1
After hours and hours of searching for the perfect form component I found this one! It is a jewel!

Easy to install and even easier to use. Perfect for any kind of forms from simple to complex ones.

And very easy to start! On the homepage it even has video tutorials on how to install it and use it!

Now, this is what I call a perfect component! Easy to use and with great, great results.

A real life saver.
I love it!
Reviews: 1
We needed a "contact us" form for our church website and I found this extension after trying one other. It is by far the better and more elegant of the two. I had a silly problem with spelling and within minutes, Max answered my post in their forum in a gracious and courteous way.

The form was easy to install, it's tutorials, both written and animated, were clear and easy to understand and were it not for my spelling error, would have been installed in an hour or so including building the HTML. One does need a bit of working knowledge of HTML or a decent editor but for that, an open source editor such as Nvu is perfectly appropriate.

I can't give this package nor these developers higher notch all the way.
Reviews: 1
This is an excellent forms component for Joomla. I am giving it a "good" rating only because it does require some technical expertise in order to use. This is not the type of component that you can turn over to an end user to create forms, but it DOES make it very easy to convert an existing website to Joomla by makeing the forms porting as easy as copying the html from the old site into the ChronoForm component.

Other than the technical requirements, this form would get Excellent. It is, however, just as advertised and a fantastic tool in a Joomla webmaster's belt.
Owner's reply

Because we made ChronoForms VERY flexible, it does simply EVERYTHING, No other forms extension can do what ChronoForms can do, and so there should be too few technical issues, however you never get lost with the every minute support at our forums and the regular updates.

Reviews: 1
How much support you expect from a baciscally free plug-in?

I expect none.

BUT ~~ ChoronoForm's people are so nice, they will answer your questions, scraching heads together, digging into the YOUR code, post a msg and they will reply as soon as they can.

BOB and MAX, well done mate!
Reviews: 1
Brilliant Extension ... Does everything I need and a wee bit more! The forums at are handy if you get stuck or need a question answered. Also the video tutorials are great for the beginners!
Reviews: 1
I faced problem using this. And the Admin given very fast support to help me to solve the problem. Thanks Max and Bob
Reviews: 1
This is a very nice component. Very easy to use. I just put it on all my 6 joomla web sites.
Reviews: 1
I don't suggest this for anyone.

This seems like a very straightforward and easy to use extension, but there's a few bugs that make me stay away from it.

I have forms that require multiple items to be selected, but this extension doesn't work well with that. There are apparently some hacks to fix this, but I need to develop some forms fast. The copy/paste form code feature looked very appealing, but ultimately since it doesn't play nice with select boxes, or check boxes for that matter, I'm not even going to consider using it anymore. Sorry.
Owner's reply

Hi, we are working hard to make ChronoForms fit everyneed, we try to add features asked by users, we have a very active forums where you always get support in minutes and regular updates for the component.
A hack for the current version is actually our fast help for a current problem some user have and can't wait for a new release, it should be available without any hacks at the next version very soon, never hesitate to post at our active forums to get answers or help!!

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