I have an html <form> I would like to use to trigger an apex function without using any <apex:form> on the page. Is that possible? If so how?

Code sample:


<apex:page standardController="SomeObj__c" extensions="myProcessor">
   <form action="send" method="post">
      <!-- some fields with values to send over -->


public with sharing class myProcessor {

    public myProcessor(ApexPages.StandardController controller) {

    public PageReference send() {
        // processing
  • Why do you want to not use apex:form? – sfdcfox Jan 14 '18 at 14:46
  • On reason is that the apex:form with forceSSL="true" cannot have its action url processed by a URL Rewriter class. I would expect to control the behavior using an HTML form instead – Julio Jan 14 '18 at 14:57

I'm thinking you'll need to use Javascript Remoting since apex:actionFunction has to be in an apex:form. However, since it uses asynchronous ajax, you'll need to prevent submitting the form until the callback function:

New Controller method:

public static string send()
    return '';


<script type="text/javascript">
    function doSubmit(form)
        myProcessor.send(function(result, event){
                form.target = result;
        return !!form.target; //Prevent the first submit
<form action="send" method="post" onsubmit="return doSubmit(this);">
  <!-- some fields with values to send over -->
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  • That's a fair solution indeed – Julio Jan 22 '18 at 7:50
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    @Julio As an aside, if you are using a standard html element like a button to submit the form, you could have its onclick function always return false and call the remoting function above, so you wouldn't need the weird return !!form.target line. – IllusiveBrian Jan 23 '18 at 12:31

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