I downloaded Freeform from Solspace free version and with Expression Engine 3, when trying to submit the form I get this error. Email is not part of the form and I don't get why this is happening.

The following tag has a syntax error:
Please correct the syntax in your template.

Form Code:

{exp:freeform:form collection="contact" return="contact/thanks"}
                        <input type="text" id="name" name="name" required placeholder="Your Full Name"/>
                        <input type="text" id="number" name="number" required placeholder="Phone Number"/>
                        <textarea id="user_message" name="user_message" required placeholder="Your Message"></textarea>
                        <input type="submit" class="btn" value="Send Message"/>

Any ideas? The strange thing is that when I check EE CP I get the emails there but don't get notification via email.

  • What version of freeform are you using? The parameter "collection" is not used in 5.x. See upgrade guide: solspace.com/expressionengine/freeform/docs/upgrade_3.x-5.x
    – AllInOne
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 21:21
  • This might be it. I'll check when I get home. Its the latest version that I use
    – TSlegaitis
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 14:53
  • Does your contact/thanks template maybe contain {exp:email:contact_form}? Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 18:45
  • I don't know if this is related, but it seems to be a possible buggy patch in Solspace code revolving the email validation. I am working on an EE3 project and keep seeing an error in which "check_email_contact_form". persists.
    – W3bGuy
    Commented Sep 25, 2016 at 0:15

1 Answer 1


The core version of EE3 does not include the email module. So the system doesn't recognize the tag and passes back an error.

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