Extending #Episerver.forms with URL QueryString/post Value Element

How to extend Episerver Forms with a hidden QueryString/HttpPost Value Element.

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Published 22nd of May 2017
For Episerver Version 10 and Forms > 4.4

Security warning! Be aware of how you use url parameters. This may be a security risk. Use at own risk or not at all.

Had a case where I needed to save a PageId into a form, similar to an order functionality.

You need an Element model:

    [ContentType(GUID = "95A98808-4BFC-43FE-B723-4FD2F7E0FF1A", 
DisplayName = "Hidden Querystring/httpPost Value", 
GroupName = "BasicElements", Order = 2700)]
    public class QuerystringHiddenElementBlock : PredefinedHiddenElementBlock
        /// <inheritdoc />
        public override string GetDefaultValue() { 
            return SanitizeUrl(HttpContext.Current.Request[this.PredefinedValue]);

        public static string SanitizeUrl(string url)
            return Regex.Replace(url, @"[^-A-Za-z0-9+&@#/%?=~_|!:,.;\(\)]", "");

And the view (which is a copy of built in PredefinedHiddenElementBlock.ascx)

<%@ Import Namespace="System.Web.Mvc" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="EPiServer.Forms.Core" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="EPiServer.Forms.EditView" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="EPiServer.Forms.Implementation.Elements" %>
<%@ Control Language="C#" Inherits="ViewUserControl<PredefinedHiddenElementBlock>" %>

<%  var isViewModeInvisibleElement = Model is IViewModeInvisibleElement;
    var extraCSSClass = isViewModeInvisibleElement ? ConstantsFormsUI.CSS_InvisibleElement : string.Empty;
    var formElement = Model.FormElement;

    if (EPiServer.Editor.PageEditing.PageIsInEditMode) { %>
<span class="Form__Element FormHidden <%:extraCSSClass %> "><%: Model.EditViewFriendlyTitle %></span>
<% } else { %>

<input name="<%: formElement.ElementName %>" id="<%: formElement.Guid %>" type="hidden"
    value="<%: Model.GetDefaultValue() %>"
    class="Form__Element FormHidden FormHideInSummarized" <%: Html.Raw(Model.AttributesString) %> data-f-type="hidden" />
<% } %>

Save your view under views/shared/elementblocks/

When using the element, just fill in the “Predefined value” with the key used by Querystring or form post.

It pops up in the form elements pane:

And in onpage edit:

In email placeholder you’ll find #OrderId#:

Use it wizely with httpGet or HttpPost

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