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How to use the Script Mode in the Bureaucracy Plug-in
A short tutorial on saving data from the Bureaucracy forms using a self-made PHP script
Gunnar #1
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Subject: How to use the Script Mode in the Bureaucracy Plug-in
How to use the Script Mode in the Bureaucracy Plug-in


The Bureaucracy Plug-in ( is an easy to use tool to create forms quickly. For beginners, the Mail Mode is both powerful and easy to use.

The description of the Plug-in gives a very short example of how to use a script processing with the entered data – Script Mode – yet this is not suitable for programmers on beginner's level. I want to give a more lengthy example here, covering how to pre-fill the form with data from a database, show the form itself, and save the data using a script.

Pre-filling the form

Pre-filling a form is easy using a Wiki link where the field names are enclosed by @-signs:


Here, the form is on the page playground:bureaucracy_test, and the transmitted fields are name and username. The field name will be filled with “Säßerich”, the field username will be filled with “saserich”.

However, this won't help if you want to pre-fill the form dynamically from a database. The trick is: We can generate an URL directly which should look somewhat like:
We have to use rawurlencode() to encode the variable content. Here is a tiny script that encodes all variables, creates the full URL, and finally redirect to the form which will appear pre-filled. This script should be placed somewhere outside the DokuWiki folder, for example, in the root folder of the website (e.g., /httpdocs).

<?php    // filename: put_data_for_bureaucracy_form.php

// Switch on error reporting on display. Remove in production!
ini_set('display_errors', 'On');

// We can fetch some data from somewhere, such as, a database
$data = array(
    'name' => 'Säßerich',
    'username' => 'saserich'

$baseurl = 'http://localhost/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=playground:bureaucracy_test';
$get_vars = "";

foreach ($data as $key => $value) {
    $get_vars .= '&@' . $key . '@=' . rawurlencode($value);
$url = $baseurl . $get_vars;

// Now redirect to the pre-filled form
header("Location: $url");

We simply call http://localhost/put_data_for_bureaucracy_form.php and the form will open which was stored at http://localhost/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=playground:bureaucracy_test:

====== Bureaucracy Plug-in Example ======

action script get_data_from_bureaucracy_form.php
labels :lang:namespace:form_labels

fieldset "Account"
textbox "username" /^[A-Z]{1,8}$/ "**Username must have 8 characters A~Z"
password "password"

fieldset  "Limit access by IP addresses"
select "ip_action"  "list|add|remove"

fieldset  "Add new IP addresses" "ip_action"  "add"
textarea "ip_addresses" x3

fieldset  "Remove IP addresses" "ip_action"  "remove"
textarea "ip_addresses" x3

fieldset ""
submit "submitbutton"

The translations for the labels should be stored at :lang:namespace:form_labels where lang can be the language, e.g. eo for Esperanto, see the wonderful translation plug-in, namespace can be any DokuWiki folder (better: namespace). We can skip that by now, this just generates an error message and will display the “naked” label names as given. Tip: The last fieldset has no title, giving a nice separated box containing just the submit button. This example shows a tiny example of Regular Expressions: The entered username must be DOS-like: 8 letters A~Z only. The "Add new IP addresses" or "Remove IP addresses" sections are only shown when the corresponding ip_action has been selected. To achieve this, the 3rd parameter of the fieldset ("add", "remove") must match with ip_action contents.

Now let's look at the script storing the form data. This script has to be stored in conf/plugin/bureaucracy/, e.g.


<?php    // filename: get_data_from_bureaucracy_form.php

// Switch on error reporting on display. Remove in production!
ini_set('display_errors', 'On');

use dokuwiki\plugin\bureaucracy\interfaces\bureaucracy_handler_interface;

class bureaucracy_handler_get_data_from_bureaucracy_form implements bureaucracy_handler_interface {

    public function handleData($fields, $thanks)
    { // extracts the form data into an PHP array and into a JSON string   
        $data = array();
        foreach($fields as $field) {
            if ($field->getFieldType() == 'fieldset') { } else {
                $value = $field->getParam('value');
                $label = $field->getParam('label');
                if($value === null || $label === null) {  } else { $data[$label] = $value; }
            } // if
        } // foreach
        // Just for demonstration, we will display the array. Remove in production!
        echo '<hr><p>$array=</p>';
        echo "</p><hr>";
        // If you work entirely locally, you can now call e.g. a routine storing this $array in your SQL database.
        // Preparing JSON. The data given by DokuWiki are already UTF-8 encoded which is required by JSON.
        $json_string = rawurlencode(json_encode($data));
        // Save data on some server
        $result = file_get_contents('' . $json_string);
        // After receiving the data, the other server sends back "1" if successful.
        if ($result == 1) { $thanks = "Your profile has been updated.";  } else { $thanks = "Something went wrong."; }
        return $thanks;
        } // function handleData
} // class

Some remarks: I did not include any variable check / data filtering. Always make sure that data posted by an evil user cannot cause any harm For example, you shouldn't rely on the username just having 8 letters, although it should be filtered by DokuWiki this way.

I hope this example will be helpful for hobby programmers like me  :-)

My special thanks to user Michaelsy who pointed me to the dynamic pre-filling of the forms!


cziehr #2
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Thank you very much for your detailed how-to! This is really useful!

It would be great if you put it on the wiki-page of the bureaucracy-plugin, because the description of the script-mode ist very short and lacks information how to use the fields as variables after the form was sent.

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Hi, this looks good.
I can print all passed filed labels and values.

But how can I find out the namespace where the script was called from I.E where the form was stored?

Best Rgeards, Mark
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