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Version: v10.15

Creating Live Form

The Live Form widget has inbuilt functionality for performing CRUD operations on the data source it is bound to. A typical Live Form set up in WaveMaker has the following steps:

  1. Set the data source that the Live Form will be working on. This takes the form of a Variable or a selected item from a Widget like a List or a Data Table.
  2. Select the display layout of the Live Form. You can choose from one-column, two-column or a three-column layout.
  3. Select the fields to be available for the user to interact with. All the fields from the selected data source will be presented for selection.
  4. Form actions - Cancel and Save are provided by default with every Live Form. No need to code these functionalities.

To use a form in your app, drag and drop the Live Form widget onto a page.


There can be different scenarios to deal with when configuring your Live Form Widget with a data source. The data source can be in the form of database CRUD variables or from an another widget, usually Data Table, on the page.

Scenario 1

You do not have any databases available in your project. In this scenario, no variables can be created as there are no services available in your project.

  1. You will be prompted to import either a database or design data model. Click the appropriate button to proceed.

  2. Once a service is available in your application, you can proceed to bind the widget to the data source and follow the same steps as mentioned in scenario 2.

Scenario 2

There are no variables created on database CRUD in your application.

  1. Retrieve Data From Services is selected by default.

  2. Select Services Type to Database CRUD, this is the only option available.

  3. Select a Service: Select a service from the drop-down which lists the services available in your application.

  4. Table/entity: Select the desired Table/entity from the drop down list

  5. Variable Creation: Once you select the service and Table/entity for the service, a default variable will be created for you – see the Variable Name field populated by default which will be holding the dataset of the service. You can change the Variable name if required.

  6. Select the Data Node: You are given the option of choosing either the entire dataset – when you are binding the widget to a data source or any of the fields in the dataset. Select data node tree when binding a single widget or a List item to a field in the dataset.

  7. Data Configuration Options: You also have the option of setting the following Data Configuration options:

    • Records per request: with an option to enter the number of records to be fetched on each request. The default is 20.
    • Update Data on input change: which is checked on by default. This means that whenever there is a change in the input parameter or filter field of the variable the data will be fetched from the service. This option will have an impact on the app performance.
    • Request data on Page Load: which is checked on by default. This allows for data to be shown when the page is loaded. If this is not checked, you will not be able to view the data when the page gets loaded. Instead, No Data Found message appears on the widget at runtime.

Scenario 3

If the variables are already created in the project.

  1. Retrieve Data From to Existing Variable.
  2. Select a Variable from the drop-down list of the variables available in the application. You can select the one needed to bind the List Widget to. You can also search for a specific variable by typing in select variable option. If you are able to find your variable in the drop-down select the same.
  3. Once you select the variables, it shows the dataset that it is bound to.
  4. As Data Configuration options are already set for this variable, you do not see those options in this scenario.

Scenario 4: Binding to widget

  1. Retrieve Data From Select the source of data as Widget that was dragged and dropped onto the canvas.
  2. Select a widget from the drop-down list. This will list the widgets present on this page, you cannot access the widgets from other pages.
  3. You can select data node to be the entire widget or the selecteditem node in case of another Data Table or List or Cards or result from a Live Filter
  4. As you are not using a Variable the Data Configuration options will not be available.

Step 2: Layout and Alignment Configuration

  • You can choose to have a 1, 2 or 3-column layout.
  • You can also set the Mode as READ ONLY or EDITABLE. Read only will be used for display purposes alone, while with an Editable form, the user will be allowed to enter or modify values.
  • You can set the Alignment, Position, and Size of the Caption for the Form.

Step 3: Field Configuration

  • Select the fields that have to be displayed in the form
  • The display widget to represent the selected field. The widgets applicable to the field based on the field data type, are available for selection from the drop-down box.
  • In case of a multi-column layout, you can choose the fields to be displayed in the respective columns. You can use the up and down arrows to arrange the fields.

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