Introducing Gravity Forms Populate Anything 2.0

Populate Anything 2.0 is a powerhouse when working with large quantities of dynamic data. But it does this with a helping hand from our next release: GP Advanced Select.

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Not so hot take. Populate Anything is the most powerful, versatile data population plugin in the Gravity Forms ecosystem. It has earned its reputation as the Swiss Army plugin because, on top of dishing out dynamic data like a delivery boy, it reimagines what’s possible with Gravity Forms.

Populate Anything 1.0 was a huge leap forward in functionality, performance, and stability. It’s time to explore 2.0, which is all about speed and improvements when working with large amounts of data. 

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Our Secret Weapon

Users pushed Populate Anything to its limits by dynamically populating thousands of field choices and values through numerous connection points. Naturally, this can bring The Clunk ™ and we’ve been testing 2.0 as a solution. 

When it comes to value population and complex chaining, Populate Anything 2.0 is far faster than its predecessor. For example, turning 25 seconds of loading time into 1.8. 2.0 has also been refactored for improved reliability and future development.

What else? 

2.0 Paves the Way for GP Advanced Select

Populate Anything 2.0 might not be a silver bullet for exceptionally large data sets but it can tag-team your data with Gravity Forms Advanced Select, a perk we’re announcing right now. Why? 

These two are the big, dynamic data dream team.

Here’s how it works:

GP Advanced Select is a perk designed to improve Gravity Forms field UX, accessibility, and flexibility. When used with Populate Anything, Advanced Select profoundly improves the performance (speed) of heavily populated fields. 

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With Populate Anything, Advanced Select can:

  • Lazy load (i.e. infinite scroll) thousands of dynamically populated choices. Only 50 choices will be loaded by default. And it will load 50 more with each scroll.
  • Optionally delay loading of choices until fields are interacted with. 
  • Use a select’s search value to filter the choices returned, meaning efficient queries and reduced browser burden.

GP Advanced Select is almost ready for launch. We’re putting the finishing touches on it now — expect a release within a few weeks.

Notes on Rolling out 2.0

This time around, we’re scrapping the prolonged beta.

Populate Anything 2.0 is available immediately by manual download for all customers. It will be the default version served for new installations.

This gets new customers and new installations using 2.0 immediately, while still preserving our ability to serve updates to existing installations of the 1.x branch. Once we’re confident 2.0 is ready for existing installations, it will become available via auto-update and we will stop serving the 1.x branch. 

We’ll be sure to keep you informed along the way via Gravity Wiz Weekly.


Be the First to Try Populate Anything 2.0!

Populate Anything is available now on new installs and by manual download. Stay tuned for Advanced Select in the coming weeks!


    1. Samuel Bassah
      Samuel Bassah Staff September 12, 2023 at 7:53 am

      Hi Will,

      Yes, for now, to update to version 2, you’ll need to download the v2.x from your account and manually install it over the old one. It should work without any issues.


  1. Raul Cordero
    Raul Cordero June 15, 2023 at 4:29 am

    If i have 2 nested form in one form, can i populate entries from the first nested form into the 2nd nested form without having to submit?

  2. Marcus
    Marcus June 14, 2023 at 2:52 am

    Great but it would have been preferable to be able to populate the contents of a dropdown with an SQL query on a table of an external database in which I store a list (without using a hack to insert in the PHP code)

  3. Kevin
    Kevin June 13, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    Would Populate Anything and Advanced Select give me the ability to populate the list with existing tags, but also give the user the ability to add a new tag if it doesn’t already exist?

    1. Samuel Bassah
      Samuel Bassah Staff June 14, 2023 at 5:43 am

      Hi Kevin,

      Populating the List with existing tags is possible but the functionality to add a new tag isn’t currently possible with the GP Advanced Select Perk. I will forward this to our Product manager as a feature request.


    1. Samuel Bassah
      Samuel Bassah Staff June 8, 2023 at 8:11 am

      Hi Christopher,

      GP Advanced Select Perk will be released any week from now.


  4. Bob Griggs
    Bob Griggs May 28, 2023 at 2:45 am

    Populate Anything is incredible; we use it for tons of functions. We are looking forward to 2.0 and Advanced Select. While we have been able to load a dataset of 5,000 records from GSheets with 1.0, it was only by paring down the size of the sheet to the bare minimum number of columns. It sounds like 2.0 will easily eliminate that restriction.

    GPPA is already an integral part of critical processes. It would revolutionize our service, though, if GPPA could populate from… Airtable. Just a thought….. ;)

    Keep it up, Wizards. You guys are amazing!

    1. David Smith
      David Smith Staff May 30, 2023 at 9:33 pm

      Appreciate the love, Bob!

      Excited to hear how Populate Anything 2.0 handles your use case. When combined with Advanced Select, it can make loading large datasets incredibly performant.

      We hear you on Airtable! 😂

    1. Dario
      Dario May 24, 2023 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Oliver, GP Advanced Select is almost ready for launch. We’re putting the finishing touches on it and expect to release it within a few weeks.

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