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Installation Customizations

The frevvo product installation can be customized in many ways. For example OEM partners can brand frevvo with their own company images and look. frevvo properties make it easy to implement many of the common customizations that all customers and OEM partners will want to consider. frevvo Data API provides a programmatic protocol for viewing and managing resources such as tenants, users, applications, forms, schemas, etc.

frevvo only supports/certifies frevvo running in the tomcat container. Refer to our Supported Platforms for the list of Application Servers supported/certified by frevvo.

Customization properties can be changed in the frevvo <frevvo-home>/tomcat/conf/ file. This keeps all your modified parameters in one place and makes it easy to upgrade frevvo to newer releases.

# SMTP Settings

# frevvo schema name settings - needed for 6.0 upgrade only
# SQL Server schema name 

# HTTP Proxy Configuration for licensing

# Insight settings 

# File Connector settings

# Box Connector settings

# Sharepoint Connector settings

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Common Customizations

For the most common configuration customization tasks that every customer and OEM partner will want to consider see Installation Tasks


The frevvo Data API enables programmatic access to the all resources and data stored in the frevvo server. The API provides a simple protocol for viewing and managing resources such as forms, applications, schemas, etc. OEM partners as well as end user customers can use the API to extend the features and provide tighter integration with other applications.

You will need to install a client library in order to use the API.


VAR and OEM partners can brand frevvo with their own company images and look. This is accomplished via frevvo web application branding properties.

In the frevvo-tomcat bundle, the file is located in: <frevvo-home>\tomcat\conf. 

Modifying the file

The configuration properties follow a simple property name=value syntax. Follow these steps to convert configuration parameters from previous releases to properties in the file.

  1. Stop frevvo if it is running
  2. Navigate to <frevvo-home>/tomcat/conf directory.
  3. Edit the file.

  4. The Parameter name becomes the property name.
  5. Add an equal sign.
  6. Add the value after the equal sign.
  7. Repeat this for all custom parameters.
  8. Save the file.
  9. Restart frevvo.

Consider the property. If added to the file, with a value of false, prevents the menu bar from being rendered.  Any of the menu items (Downloads,Templates, Help, Docs, Forum, Contact) can be removed from the menu bar via configuration properties. If all of the menu items are disabled, the menu bar should be removed.

Set branding parameters at container level

If you choose to brand at the tomcat container level,

  • Open the file: <frevvo-home>\tomcat\conf\
  • Add any of the properties listed in the table below that you want to customize: For example, the frevvo.logo.url property configures the URL to your company logo:

frevvo.logo.url=<url to your image>

These are the brandable parameters and their defaults:

ParameterDescription Default
frevvo.home.urlHome page for the Company Logo link #{servletContext.contextPath}
frevvo.logo.urlURL to the Company Logo image. Also applies to Spaces#{servletContext.contextPath}/images/bright/TransparentLogo-NoBeta.png to the Help page#{servletContext.contextPath}${servlet.path}/static/help/designer to the Documentation<frevvo docs version> to the Forum to the blog
frevvo.product.nameThe Product Namefrevvo
frevvo.copyrightProduct Copyright One-LinerCopyright 2006-2012 frevvo Inc. All rights reserved.
frevvo.license.urlURL to License Agreement#{servletContext.contextPath}${servlet.path}/static/termsDL Us email
frevvo.downloads.menuShow Downloads menu itemtrue
frevvo.templates.menuShow Templates menu item true
frevvo.css.urlCustom Stylesheet URL
frevvo.poweredby.markupLogo in form footer when the Logo property setPowered by frevvo™ title prefix for all frevvo pagesfrevvo menu bartrue
frevvo.oem.branding.cssNames css class applied to body of UI pagesempty
frevvo.certificate.signature Ignore SSL Security when posting to an https endpointempty

Branding External Urls 

Notice that several of the parameters use Url templates. For example, references a help file named designer.xsl that is located in the directory <frevvo-home>\tomcat\webapps\frevvo\WEB-INF\xsl\main\help. You may wish to bundle up a replacement help file and store your replacement file in that same directory. In that case you will keep the templates #{servletContext.contextPath}${servlet.path}/static that are part of the default path and append your own help file name. It can be an html file, myAppHelp.html. Or if your help is an external file you can replace the entire default value #{servletContext.contextPath}${servlet.path}/static/help/designer with a Url such has http://mycompany/myapp/help.html. Refer to Installation Tasks for the steps to replace the file after parameters in designer.xsl have been editied.

Hiding Url Menu Items 

Certain menu items are links to external Urls. Examples are Downloads, Forum, Docs etc. It is possible to completely remove any of these menu items by deleting the URL or setting the appropriate property. If no URL exists the menu item will be hidden.

For example, if you want to hide the Downloads menu item:

For example if you wish to hide the Docs menu item, edit the and delete the content:        Note:No URL set will hide the Docs menu and top link

The look & feel of the frevvo application is controlled via css. frevvo.css.url gives you the ability to add your own style sheet if you need to customize the look & feel of the page itself such as the background colors and sizes of the items on the pages. You can use a tool such as firebug to learn how the page is styled with css and thus how to override the default styling. 


The Powered by frevvo™ logo can be customized via the frevvo.poweredby.markup branding parameter. If this branding parameter is an empty string no logo will appear on any form. The logo can still be turned off on any given form via the Show Logo form property.

Hiding Form/Doc Action Wizards

The frevvo designer form and doc action  buttons can be customized using the properties listed below. By default all wizards are visible in the form & doc action buttons page. To hide a wizard, remove it from the associated property below.

<!-- Wizards -->
frevvo.formaction.wizards=closePage,displayMessage,goToPage,goToPaypal,formPost,echoUsingGoogleDocument,createConfluencePage,mergeToConfluencePage - Which form action wizards are displayed for forms
frevvo.erroraction.wizards=displayErrorMessage,goToErrorPage - Which error action wizards are displayed
frevvo.docaction.wizards=doNothing,emailDocumentDefault,docPost,emailDocumentGoogle,saveToPaperVision,saveToGoogleDocuments - Which doc action wizards are displayed for forms
frevvo.docuri.wizards=unsetDocUris,saveToGoogleSpreadsheets,manualDocUris - Which doc uri wizards are displayed
frevvo.flows.formaction.wizards=closePage,displayMessage,goToPage,formPost,createConfluencePage,mergeToConfluencePage - Which form action wizards are displayed for workflows
frevvo.flows.erroraction.wizards=displayErrorMessage,goToErrorPage - Which error action wizards are displayed for workflows
frevvo.flows.docaction.wizards=doNothing,emailDocumentDefault,docPost,saveToPaperVision,saveToGoogleDocuments - Which doc action wizards are displayed for workflows
frevvo.flows.docuri.wizards=unsetDocUris,manualDocUris - Which doc uri wizards are displayed</description>

Hiding Data Sources/Palette

Hiding Data Sources on the designer screen can be accomplished by adding the ?_method=post&edit=true and &showDS=false parameter to the edit link of a form.  Create the URL using the steps below:

Then copy and paste it in another tab of the browser. You have to add it to the Edit link, you cannot click Edit first and then add this parameter to the link that appears in your browser.

  1. Click the Share icon  of a form on the Forms Home page and copy the "Raw Url" of the form into another tab of your broswer.
  2. Add the "?_method=post&edit=true" parameter to the end of the link.
  3. Add the "&showDS=false" parameter to hide Data Sources or "&showPalette=false" to hide the control palette.
  4. When the form displays, either the Data Source section or the palette will be hidden.

Here are examples of the URLs:

Customizing the HTML Page Title Prefix

You can use the context parameter in the frevvo.xml file to  change the HTML prefixes of the titles of all frevvo pages. The Preview Page in the designer will display with value of the title  parameter  - <browser name>.  For example, to change the HTML page prefix to a company name, follow the steps below:

  1. Ensure that frevvo is not running.
  2. Navigate to <frevvo-home>\tomcat\conf. Open the file with a text editor.
  3. Add the property with your company name as the value."Company Name"

      4. Save the file and restart frevvo.

Customizing Runtime Messages and Labels in the Designers

You can modify the text of runtime messages and customize the labels in the Form/workflow designers by changing string name/value pairs in the default file found in the directory <frevvo home>\tomcat\webapps\frevvo. You can customize the Form designer and most labels (but not all) in the workflow designer.

The English version of the modified strings appear on the UI once frevvo is restarted.

For example, if you wanted to:

  • Change the text of the "Access denied. Authentication required" message that the user sees when accessing a form that requires logging into frevvo (Public in tenant).
  • Customize the labels of the Palette, Custom, Properties and Data Sources sections of the Forms designer.

The default file contains all of the runtime and designer strings that can be customized. Both requirements listed above can be accomplished by modifying this file.

Follow these steps:

  1. Stop frevvo if it is running.
  2. Navigate to <frevvo-home>\tomcat\webapps\frevvo directory.
  3. Copy the \WEB-INF\data\locales\default directory to a temporary location.
  4. To change the text of the "Access denied. Authentication required" message locate the Error messages section in the file. Notice that the strings on the left side of the '=' have spaces escaped with the '\' character. This is needed so do not remove that. The escape character is not needed on the right side of the '='. Enter the text that you want on the right side of the '='

    # Error messages
    Access\ Denied.\ Authentication\ required.= Please Sign into frevvo
  5. To change the labels in the Forms designer, locate the Form Designer toolbox section of the file. Enter the labels that you want to display to the right of the '='

    # Form Designer Toolbox
    Palette=Palette Controls
    Custom=My Custom Controls
    Properties=Control Properties    
    Data\ Sources=Schemas
    Drag\ and\ drop\ controls\ from\ the\ form\ into\ the\ header\ above.\ You\ can\ then\ re-use\ them\ in\ other\ forms.=
    Drop\ Submit\ buttons\ from\ the\ palette\ to\ add\ to\ the\ form.=
    Drop\ controls\ from\ the\ palette\ to\ add\ to\ the\ form.=
    Drag\ and\ drop\ controls\ from\ the\ palette\ into\ the\ form.=
    Drag\ and\ drop\ controls\ from\ the\ palette\ or\ from\ the\ form.=
  6. Save the changes to the default file. 
  7. Replace the original file with the updated version.

  8. Restart your frevvo server.

    Customized "Access denied. Authentication required" message

    Customized Labels in the Forms Designer

Check Database Encoding

The parameters, frevvo.db.check.encoding and frevvo.db.encoding.error, have been added to the file included in the <frevvo-home>\tomcat\webapps\frevvo. These parameters can be used to specify how to handle a check of database encoding and how to display the error if it is not UTF8. They are particularly useful for OEMs who may want to skip the fatal error by setting the frevvo.db.check.encoding parameter to false.

You can set up these parameters to accomplish the following: By default frevvo does the check and will fail if not set correctly. 

1. Perform the utf8 check with a fatal error.

2. Disable the UTF db encoding check completely.

3. Perform the check but not fail and simply log the warning in the <frevvo-home>\.tomcat\logs\frevvo.log file.

 Here is how it works:

  • An error will not be displayed if either of the parameters are false. The license page is displayed.
  • Both parameters must be set to true for the error message "Users database schema, Database char set incorrectly configured. It must be utf8, but is instead: XXXXX"  to display:  

Follow these steps to set the parameters:

  1. Access the frevvo directory as explained here
  2. The parameters are located in the Database Schema checking on startup section: 

 <!-- Database Schema checking on startup -->
        <description>Check the database encoding on startup</description>
        <description>If encoding is checked and is wrong, then it is a fatal error, otherwise only a warning is logged</description>

These parameters in the frevvo.xml file would be:

<Parameter name "frevvo.db.check.encoding" value="true" override="false"/>
<Parameter name "frevvo.db.encoding.error" value="true" override="false"/>

Branding CSS

OEM partners can use the context parameter, frevvo.oem.branding.css to name a css class that will be placed onto the body of the frevvo UI pages (form designer, etc.). Follow the steps below to do this:

  1. Stop frevvo, if it is running.
  2. Open <frevvo-home>\tomcat\conf and edit the file. See Installation Tasks for instructions.
  3. Add the context parameter frevvo.oem.branding.css=oem to the file
  4. Edit <frevvo-home>\tomcat\webapps\frevvo\css-xxxx\themes\oem\oem-branding.css file to make your changes.
  5. Add your custom CSS to the oem-branding.css file.
  6. Start frevvo.
  7. Clear the cache before restarting your browser to see the changes.

It is recommended that you modify the default oem-branding.css file to make the desired changes to the frevvo application. Any aspect of this file can be changed.

3rd Party Licenses

frevvo builds upon several 3rd party products. The <frevvo-home>\tomcat\webapps\frevvo file contains a WEB-IN\licenses with all the 3rd party licenses.