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How to connect SimplePDF with Activepieces to automate your PDF forms processing

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February 26, 2023
Benjamin André-Micolon

With email notifications in the paid offering of SimplePDF, you can already get notified everytime your customers submit PDF forms.

But what if you want to connect SimplePDF to GoogleSheets or Discord or Pipedrive or [insert your favorite app]?

You can do that thanks to the powerful webhooks feature connected to Activepieces.


Activepieces is a rapidly growing open-source Zapier alternative that allows you to connect plenty of applications using a no-code approach.

Just like that, by connecting SimplePDF to Activepieces, you can unlock a world of possibilities.

An example with Google Sheets and Discord

We like examples at SimplePDF, so for this tutorial, we'll be walking you through connecting SimplePDF with Activepieces to:

  1. Trigger a flow on Activepieces every time there's a new PDF submission in your portal, either by using form links or embedding SimplePDF in your website
  2. Add a new row in a Google Sheet containing some informations about the submission: the document name, the time of the submission and of course, the link to see the submission
  3. Send a message on a Discord channel

The final result

No need to scroll to the bottom of the article to see how it looks 👀 👇

SimplePDF form, Google Sheet and Discord channel visible in the video

Step-by-step guide to set it up

1. Setting up the Activepieces flow

  1. Log into your Activepieces account (or create one).
  2. Create a new flow.
  3. Create three steps in that order:
  • Webhook trigger: it will be receiving the incoming webhook notifications from SimplePDF
  • Google Sheets: a new row will be added for each new PDF submission
  • Discord: we will get a notification in Discord for each new PDF submission

Your flow should looks as follows:

Activepieces Flow

2. Configuring the 1st step of the flow: Webhook trigger

  1. Click on the Webhook trigger and copy the webhook URL

Copying the webhook URL in Activepieces

  1. Add the webhook URL to your webhook configuration in your account

Configure webhooks in the account view

You can follow this guide: configure Webhooks to get notified of new PDF form submissions for more details on how to configure Webhooks in SimplePDF.

3. Configuring the 2nd step of the flow: Google Sheets

  1. Create a Google sheet where you want the submissions to appear

We created this Google Sheet for this example

  1. Select the action Insert Row, connect to your Google Sheets account and select the Sheet you want to add the submissions to:

Configuring Google Sheets to send SimplePDF PDF submissions

  1. In the Values section of the Google Sheet piece, enter the following values:

One line per value

Submission URL:
Submitted at:

Use the Data to insert > Webhook Trigger button for the values starting with $

If you followed our example, your values should look as follows:

Configuring Google Sheets rows with the PDF form submission details

4. Configuring the 3rd step of the flow: Discord

  1. Create a webhook URL for the Discord channel where you want to receive notifications

Follow this guide by Discord to set up webhooks for your preferred channel

  1. Select the action Send Message Webhook

  2. Paste the webhook URL that you retrieved in the first step

Configuring Discord to get notified of SimplePDF PDF Submissions

  1. In the Message section of the Discord piece, enter the following:
[New submission](${}) for ${}

[See all submissions](LINK_TO_YOUR_GOOGLE_SHEET)

Replace LINK_TO_YOUR_GOOGLE_SHEET with your own and use the Data to insert > Webhook Trigger button for the values starting with $

Configuring the Discord notification with the PDF form submission details


That's it! We now automatically get notified of any new SimplePDF submission on Discord and a new row with information about this submission is added in Google Sheets.

Try it yourself

  1. Submit this form belonging to DunderMifflin (neither the form nor the company are a real one, so you don't risk messing anything up!)
  2. Join our Discord and see your submission appear
  3. Have a look at the Google Sheets that lists all submissions (including you're own if you submitted it!)

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to

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