I have a freeform form with a select field allowing the user to select from 5 possible recipients. I do not want to have any of the recipients selected by default - the user must select one. I would like the recipient select field to be a required field. So, if the user does not select a recipient, an error message will be displayed.

I've seen that other people have done it the way I have, so I'm assuming I've used the right method, but for some reason it doesn't work. If I leave the select field empty, the form will still submit (but obviously not get sent anywhere because a recipient has not been selected).

My code is below. Any ideas?

  recipient1="Option 1|[email protected]"
  recipient2="Option 2|[email protected]"
  recipient3="Option 3|[email protected]"
  recipient4="Option 4|[email protected]"
  recipient5="Option 5|[email protected]"
  {if freeform:general_errors}
    <h2>There were some error(s) with your submission:</h2>

  <div class="row">
    <div class="col-xs-12 {if freeform:error:recipient_email}has-error{/if}">
      <label for="recipient_email">I have an enquiry about... <span class="required">*</span></label>
      <select class="form-control" name="recipient_email" id="recipient_email">
        <option value=""></option>
          <option value="{freeform:recipient_value}">{freeform:recipient_name}</option>
      {if freeform:error:recipient_email}
        <span class="help-block">Please specify the nature of your enquiry</span>

  <div class="row">
    <div class="col-xs-12 {if freeform:error:name}has-error{/if}">
      <label class="control-label" for="name">{freeform:label:name} <span class="required">*</span></label>
      {freeform:field:name attr:class="form-control" attr:id="name"}
      {if freeform:error:name}
        <span class="help-block">Please enter your name</span>

  <div class="row">
    <div class="col-xs-12 {if freeform:error:email}has-error{/if}">
      <label class="control-label" for="email">{freeform:label:email} <span class="required">*</span></label>
      {freeform:field:email attr:class="form-control" attr:id="email"}
      {if freeform:error:email}
        <span class="help-block">Please enter your email address</span>

  <div class="row">
    <div class="col-xs-12">
      <label class="control-label" for="email">{freeform:label:phone}</label>
      {freeform:field:phone attr:class="form-control" attr:id="phone"}

  <div class="row">
      <div class="col-xs-12 {if freeform:error:message}has-error{/if}">
        <label class="control-label" for="message">{freeform:label:message} <span class="required">*</span></label>
        {freeform:field:message attr:class="form-control" attr:rows="6" attr:id="message"}
        {if freeform:error:message}
          <span class="help-block">Please enter a message</span>

  <div class="row">
    <div class="col-xs-12">
      {freeform:submit attr:class="btn btn-green" attr:value="Send"}
  • Does the form error on other required fields too ? Dec 19, 2013 at 9:15
  • On the three other required fields, it correctly returns an error when they are not filled out.
    – Pete H
    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:17
  • Sounds like a bug. You're running latest freeform version yeah ? Dec 19, 2013 at 10:45
  • I was running 4.1.2, but I've just upgraded to 4.1.3 and it hasn't resolved the issue.
    – Pete H
    Dec 19, 2013 at 12:00

1 Answer 1


Have you tried required="recipients|name|email|message" ?

  • Hi, I just tried "recipients|name|email|message" and "recipient|name|email|message". Neither worked I'm afraid.
    – Pete H
    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:00
  • Have you tried creating a custom Freeform field called "recipient_email" (i.e. the same as the recipient field you are using in the OP), while using required="recipient_email"? It might need to be an actual form field to work with required="".
    – Solspace
    Dec 20, 2013 at 4:59
  • Adding a "recipient_email" field seems to have done the trick! The only problem now is that the "freeform:recipient_selected" conditional doesn't seem to be working properly - but that's another issue. Thanks for your help!
    – Pete H
    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:55

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