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Contact Form 7 Default Select Value using URL Query Variable

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In a previous post I described how to use URL parameters to auto populate input fields in a form on a WordPress site using the Contact Form 7 plugin. One of the comments I received asked whether the same technique can be used to set the default value of a CF7 select field. Here is one way in which this can be achieved, with the help of a bit of Javascript: -

1. Set up a WP query variable which will be used to pass data to the form containing the select by adding this code to your theme's functions.php file: -

function parameter_queryvars( $qvars ) {
    $qvars[] = ‘defaultvalue’;
    return $qvars; 
add_filter(‘query_vars’, ‘parameter_queryvars’ ); 

function echo_defaultvalue() { 
    global $wp_query; 
    if (isset($wp_query->query_vars['defaultvalue'])) { 
        print $wp_query->query_vars['defaultvalue']; 

2. If you haven't done so already, install the Contact Form 7 Dynamic Text Extension plugin.

3. Create a CF7 form containing a select field and a dynamic hidden input field into which the query variable will be passed: -

[select menu-nn id:test class:test-class "one" "two" "three" "four" "five"] 
[dynamichidden hiddendefault "CF7_GET key='defaultvalue'"]

4. Add some Javascript code to the <head> section of the form page or your theme's Javascript file. I've used jQuery in this case: -

var $ = jQuery.noConflict(); // use value of hidden CF7 input to set selected option in select field $(document).ready(function(){ // get contents of hidden input; store in variable 
    var val =  $("span.hiddendefault input").val(); // set the "selected" attribute for option with value equal to variable 
    $('select#test option[value=' + val + ']').attr('selected', 'selected'); 

5. Send the value to which you want the select field to default to the form as follows: -

6. Your select will now default to the value you pass to the page via the query variable.

View a demo here

See also: auto populate contact form 7 input fields with URL parameter