SurveyJS: A Modern Approach towards Surveys

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Not Your Conventional Form Filling Tool

Surveys have always been one of the most feasible methods to acquire information in bulk and retain data on a larger scale. Traditional ways of gathering data relied on manually conducting surveys and collecting different categories of information at once. This information was then screened and analyzed for deducing outcomes in keeping with the purpose of the survey. Taking a survey and providing feedback for the same has been an age-old practice and there have been no new advancements whatsoever, until now!

The dawn of a digital era has shown mankind the wonders of technology. Needless to say, the activity of ‘filling forms’ online was not too far behind. Digital surveys caught up to the market, and businesses across many industries adopted it with open arms. Going beyond cloud-based surveys, these surveys have taken the experience of data entry and data sharing to a whole new level.

What is SurveyJS?

Sometimes, your customer is not from a particular domain. The clientele can vary across industries like banking, insurance, healthcare, medical science, and educational institutes, etc. For such big players, conducting a digital survey becomes quintessential. A lot of organizations spend a huge amount of time, money, and efforts to integrate easily available survey tools or create proprietary software to conduct their survey. Most of the time, all of this could prove to be very inefficient and even ineffective.

This is where SurveyJS comes into the picture. With SurveyJS, a user can create fully customizable surveys, forms, and quizzes that can be easily integrated into your online portals or applications. It stands out as an alternative to cloud services. The tool is not just another survey service provider, but it helps in running surveys on your domain. Other than that, it also assists in displaying surveys in the same web portal where your content is and builds surveys that compliment your website’s outlook and design. It modifies surveys in your web applications and stores information on your servers. SurveyJS is also known for extending surveys with third-party JavaScript widgets that are not even integrated into your application.

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What are the Modes of SurveyJS?

Here is why SurveyJS is a preferred way to create your surveys:

Everything on Cloud – A survey can be created using an integrated online survey creator. You can save unlimited survey results in cloud storage for free and review or run an analysis of the results later. You can also share results using the link generated by the software.

Web Application Friendly – You can easily integrate Survey Creator in your application and create a Survey Library to run the surveys independently. It helps you save your survey results as JSON into your application database.

Hybrid Solution – This particular offering helps in conducting a customized analysis of the survey results after you save it as a JSON file in your application database.

What are the Components of SurveyJS?

SurveyJS comes with a suite comprising independent components for each of the following steps:

  1. SurveyJS for Questionnaire
  2. Survey Runner
  3. Survey Results Store
  4. Survey Results Analysis
  5. Survey Integration

The components include

SurveyJS Library

SurveyJS Library
SurveyJS library is a core component responsible for rendering the JSON templates into a user-friendly survey on screen. The benefits of the library include:

  • It supports multiple JavaScript frameworks like Angular, jQuery, Knockout, React, and Vue.
  • These tools can be easily integrated into your application by using the survey template designed for the survey creator page.
  • It can also be used to build complex surveys with a large number of questions with logic flow embedded in it. This system is made available as an open-source library.

SurveyJS Creator


SurveyJS Creator
The SurveyJS Creator is a feature-rich, customizable online visual survey creator and form builder. An online version of this tool is available as open-source material to create survey templates. The benefits of the creator include:

  •  Load and edit your existing surveys
  •  Integrate custom widgets
  •  Define a theme for your survey template
  •  Embed the creator in your application with a commercial license

SurveyJS Service

SurveyJS Service
SurveyJS Service stores and analyzes your survey results. A simple registration is required to use this service for free. It provides public and private API that you can use in your server or client applications. Also, survey definitions can be stored and loaded from this service.

PDF Export

PDF Export
You can create a PDF form based on a survey with a JSON definition and fill its fields with user responses on PDF Export. This function helps you generate interactive PDF forms and render all SurveyJS questionnaire with results. This component is also available with a commercial license.

Analytics Pack (BETA)

Analytics Pack
The Analytics Pack helps you visualize survey results as charts and graphs which can include a bar, line, and pie-chart.

What are the features of SurveyJS?

Use on multiple frameworks easily: As already stated, it can support multiple JavaScript frameworks like Angular, jQuery, Knockout, React, Vue.

Create Multiple question types quickly: The supported question types can be text, multiple-choice, ratings, and complex matrix, etc. You can create a panel container to group questions, customize each question with multiple attributes, and add validations and mandatory checks for questions.

Integrate with JavaScript Widgets seamlessly: You can engage in integrating JavaScript widget to your application. You can create a custom JavaScript widget and integrate it into your survey and customize the behavior of the widget.

Customize UI theme extensively: SurveyJS lets you customize your existing UI theme based on your application. You can also customize every element in your survey differently while integrating markdown libraries into SurveyJS. It can be rendered using UI modes like Bootstrap and Material, etc.

Organize the survey flow meticulously: Most of the big and complex survey requires logic flows. You can add or remove multiple questions/panels and page visibility dynamically based on certain conditions. You can also skip the entire sections based on logical conditions. This helps in maintaining the Survey Flow.

View survey models and results in JSON easily: SurveyJS uses JSON to generate a survey model, store results, and easily integrate with your application. You can modify the survey model with JSON on runtime to generate dynamic questions.

Load survey data from RESTful API swiftly: Leverage SurveyJS, as Data for a survey can be loaded from multiple sources while creating dynamic questions using a custom model.

Localize effectively: SurveyJS facilitates localization and multi-lingual support. It helps in the translation of the survey strings into multiple languages. It also supports multiple languages in a single survey.

The SurveyJS library can be used to build an enterprise scale survey, or quizzes with minimum investment in terms of development efforts. It can be easily integrated with your application with no cost. A commercial license of SurveyJS is available to integrate Survey Creator page, the PDF export function, and the Analytics package into your application.

SurveyJS is on track to enable a futuristic survey taking experience and surely is doing a great job of it already. Now, the decision is yours to make, how to best amalgamate your online services and developer libraries in order to yield optimum results. If you need a hand with that, or have any queries about our services, write to us.


About Rishikesh Jadhav

Associate Architect

  • Product Engineering
  • Application Development
Proficient in Microsoft related frontend and backend technologies, Expertise in design and development on Microsoft Azure Cloud Proficiency in design and implementation of SharePoint apps, .NET and .NET Core solutions and Web related technology. Hands-on experience of working on Angular 1.x, Angular 2+ and React. Worked on multiple backend technologies like MongoDB, Azure Cosmos DB, has basic knowledge of GoLang programming. An expert in the use of Blockchain technologies like Ethereum, Quorum and creation of smart contracts (ERC20 tokens).