Orbeon Forms


1. Anonymous data capture with administrator

  1. 1.
    Setup at least one user and role for your container.
    • The easiest way to do this with Tomcat, if you don't have already users setup within your system (via a Tomcat realm for example), is to modify Tomcat's tomcat-users.xml file, for example as follows:
    password="Secret, change me!"
  2. 2.
    Enumerate the role in the following property:
  3. 3.
    Protect Form Builder and, optionally, the Form Runner Home page
    • In web.xml, uncomment the permissions section.
    • Replace:
    <!-- Optional, to prevent anonymous users from accessing the Form Runner Home Page -->
    and replace the role name:
  4. 4.
    Set, in form-builder-permissions.xml:
    <role name="orbeon-admin" app="*" form="*"/>
  5. 5.
    Remove demo forms and apps from Orbeon Forms.
  1. 1.
    Within Form Builder
  • make sure that all your forms have permissions enabled (PE feature only)
  • set the create permission for all users
  • set all permissions for the role orbeon-admin
  • republish your forms
  • see also #1860
  1. 1.
    Configure forms' buttons
  • You will want only a "Send" or "Submit" button, as a plain "Save" button doesn't make sense in this case.
With this setup:
  • Published forms are not protected by the container. They are protected by Form Runner permissions.
  • Form Builder is protected by the container so that anonymous users can't create new forms.
  • Form Builder also requires orbeon-admin at the Orbeon Forms level.
  • Any user, logged in or anonymous, can create form data from any published form.
  • All other operations (read, update, delete) are not available to anonymous users or logged in users without the orbeon-admin role. Users with the orbeon-admin role have
  • Users with the orbeon-admin role can perform any operations on the form data after they are logged in.
  • Anonymous data entry does not support autosave.
  • As an administrator, you first have to login, for example by accessing Form Builder, before accessing published forms' Summary page (issue #1292).

See also