I am using native Gravity Forms to create posts.

I am using Gravity Forms + Custom Post Types to handle creating custom post type posts. This works great.

Its been about 3 years since i've had to create/update posts in a wordpress project using Gravity Forms. Back then it was super easy to update posts using Gravity Forms: Post Updates

It was so simple, just add update to the end of the Gravity Form shortcode...

[gravityform id="2" title="false" description="false" ajax="true" update]

...and voila, the form would get all the current post data/custom fields and automatically map each Gravity Form post field and pre-renders each input with the current post data. When you save the form, it would update the current post instead of creating a new one. Job done.

Anyway, Gravity Forms: Post Updates no longer works because its not been updated in 4 years and upon installation in Wordpress 5.2.1, it throws a fatal error.

Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.

Fatal error: Cannot use lexical variable $value as a parameter name in ../wp-content/plugins/gravity-forms-post-updates/gravityforms-update-post.php on line 1021

Thats spooned it so what is an alternative solution?

I don't want to have to custom code each field with a custom function using gform_pre_render and gform_after_submission filters/actions.

Please any ideas for Gravity Forms: Post Updates alternative would be awesome thanks.


I found a solution to fix this issue on the plugin Github page.

It's not ideal, but a work around until Gravity Forms makes this a core feature.


To fix the error and allow the plugin to be installed, you have to change...

row 1021 in file gravityforms-update-post.php

from (version 1.2.17)...

add_filter( 'gform_field_value_' . $field['inputName'], function($value) use($value) { return $value; } );


add_filter( 'gform_field_value_' . $field['inputName'], function($v) use($value) { return $v; } );

Thanks to bagendahl. So far i've not stumbled across any issues.

See the original Github issue thread here.

Hope this saves someone some time.

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