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Avoiding “_wpcf7” Fields

February 10th, 2012

For Contact Form 7 Users: a recent update of the Contact Form 7 plugin seems to have added several new meta fields to form submissions. These automatically get saved by the CFDB plugin. If you look on the Database page in your administration panel,  you will see extra fields associated with new submissions:


You may view these fields as unwanted clutter.

To avoid saving these fields, go to the Database Options page,  and paste the list of fields in the following:



Since regular expressions can now be used in this field, you can achieve the same effect but putting in this:



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  1. julie
    February 14th, 2012 at 03:13 | #1


    I tried your solution but fields are always present.

    I connected in my database to delete them in the hand, and I do not manage at all to delete them: it on guard one of every.

    How do I have to make?

    Thank you for your help

    • Michael Simpson
      February 14th, 2012 at 08:00 | #2

      I should clarify that when this solution is put in place, new form submissions will not have the fields but those already in the DB still have it. You will have to delete the old entries in the DB to not see the column in the admin page. If you purchased the editor extension, you can just delete the column. If not, you need to go into your DB and execute

      delete from wp_cf7dbplugin_submits where field_name like ‘_wpcf7%’

  2. Ernestas
    February 16th, 2012 at 09:59 | #3

    This returns an SQL message

    #1064 – You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ‘%’’ at line 1

  3. Michael Simpson
    February 16th, 2012 at 14:12 | #4

    I think that is the web site theme formatting the single quotes into different ones. In that SQL use the single quote that is straight up-and-down, not slanted or curly ones like shown.

  4. Ernestas
    February 16th, 2012 at 14:37 | #5

    Thank you Michael ! It worked now.

  5. PatMc
    February 20th, 2012 at 09:51 | #6

    Worked for me too; would have found this easier if I had read the “Uncategorized” category; read the rest looking for this hint. (Maybe tickle this as a tip or troubleshooting?)

  6. February 26th, 2012 at 03:50 | #7

    Hi Michael

    As well as the extra “clutter” fields you detail in your post, I have an additional 2 fields that turned up after the recent Contact Form 7 updates, namely: “capcode” (a very long string related to the CAPTCHA I have on my forms), and “s_s_c_loader” (there’s no data being saved in this field, perhaps it is related to a different CAPTCHA implementation?).

    I presume I can safely elect to also not save these fields into the database (and delete the existing columns)?



    • Michael Simpson
      February 26th, 2012 at 13:43 | #8


  7. Jeff
    April 13th, 2012 at 11:23 | #9

    Hi Michael,

    I’m new to PHP so please bear with me.

    I’d like to remove all the unnecessary wpcf7 columns but I don’t know in which exact file I’ll need to add this line

    delete from wp_cf7dbplugin_submits where field_name like ‘_wpcf7%’

    Could you please tell me the name of the file? I’m using Contact Form to DB Extension.

    Also is there a way to reposition columns/cells around? I clarify:

    I have made a survey with Contact Form 7 (not sure that was the best way but it worked) and in this form there is a field for a name and there are 36 questions.

    When I check the results in the wordpress admin, database section everything appears on one row.

    I would like to have a name per column and an answer per row, so that the result is a grid.

    Is that possible? If yes, what is the file that needs to be amended?

    I hope I’ve been clear enough.

    Looking forward to a reply,

    Many thanks

    • Michael Simpson
      April 14th, 2012 at 10:19 | #10

      On the “delete” statement, you don’t add it to a file. You have to figure out how to get access to your database using PHPMyAdmin (check with your hosting provider) and execute the statement.

      >When I check the results in the wordpress admin, database section everything appears on one row.
      Each form submission will be in its own row, forming a grid.

      >I would like to have a name per column and an answer per row, so that the result is a grid.
      You can’t customize the grid in the admin page, but when displaying the results on a page you can use a short code and use its options to customize how it looks. Refer to the cfdb-html short code where you essentially define an HTML template for how you want it to look.

  8. Jeff
    April 16th, 2012 at 08:41 | #11

    @Michael Simpson

    Thank you so much for the reply Michael, I got everything working.

  9. October 19th, 2012 at 05:27 | #12

    How To avoid saving “upload” file di Database & send To email Only?

    • Michael Simpson
      October 20th, 2012 at 13:01 | #13

      There is no way to turn this off entirely. But using the “Do not save fields in DB named” setting you might explicitly indicate upload fields to not save.

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