When you create a form with Form Builder, you pick an application name and form name for that form. For instance, for a marriage registration, you might choose clerk as the application name, and marriage-registration as the form name.

When you publish the form, assuming you have Orbeon Forms deployed on a server on, citizen will be able to fill out a new marriage registration by going to

In a typical deployment, users will access this page from another part of your web site or web application that contains a link to form served by Orbeon Forms. For instance, a city government might have on its web site a page listing forms citizen can fill out, which links to the marriage registration form on

Page on your web site/app linking to a form

Technology agnostic

Linking doesn't make any assumption on the technology used by the web site or application you're linking from. Your site could use Drupal, WordPress, be served by IIS, using .NET, or any other technology. For instance, the diagram below is for a situation where your web site is served by Microsoft IIS, implemented in .NET, and links to forms served by Orbeon Forms.

IIS front-end


The /fr/clerk/marriage-registration/new in our example is what is referred to below as a path, and for a given form, multiple such paths exist. Knowing what those paths are is particulary important as this allows you to link from your web site or web application to forms your created with Form Builder. All the paths are relative to the deployment context, i.e. where you've deployed Orbeon Forms, which in our example was

  • Summary page for a given form definition:


  • New empty form data:


  • Edit existing form data:


  • Read-only HTML view:


  • Read-only PDF view:


  • Read-only TIFF view: [SINCE Orbeon Forms 2016.1]


URL parameters

Summary page

[SINCE Orbeon Forms 2018.2]

You can pass the form-version URL parameter:


The page will return a "Not Found" error if the specified version is not found.

By default, the latest available version is selected.

New empty form data

When using versioning, you can pass the form-version URL parameter:


By default, the latest available form definition version is used.

Modes that load data

This applies to edit, view, pdf, and tiff modes.

  • draft

    • true: loads the data for a draft

    • false (default): loads the data for a final document

PDF and TIFF views

  • fr-language

    • With automatic PDF, selects the language to use when producing the PDF.

[SINCE Orbeon Forms 2018.1]

  • fr-use-pdf-template

    • Whether to use the PDF template or not. Defaults to true if there is one or more PDF templates.

  • fr-pdf-template-name

    • Selects a PDF template by name.

  • fr-pdf-template-lang

    • Select a PDF template by language.

See also