Using Gravity Forms ‘gform_counter_script’ PHP filter

The gform_counter_script filter allows you to modify the initialization script for the textarea counter script, enabling you to set different initialization parameters.


add_filter('gform_counter_script', 'set_counter_script', 10, 5);

To target a specific form, add the form ID after the hook name:

add_filter('gform_counter_script_6', 'set_counter_script', 10, 5);


  • $script (string): The script (including <script> tag) to be filtered.
  • $form_id (integer): ID of the current form.
  • $input_id (string): ID of the HTML input.
  • $maxLength (integer): Configured max character length.
  • $field (GF_Field): The Field object.

More information

See Gravity Forms Docs: gform_counter_script


Change the counter message format

This example changes the display format of the counter message to: “XXX characters remaining”

add_filter('gform_counter_script_187', 'set_counter_script', 10, 5);

function set_counter_script($script, $form_id, $input_id, $max_length, $field) {
    $script = "jQuery('#{$input_id}').textareaCount(" .
        "    {" .
        "    'maxCharacterSize': {$max_length}," .
        "    'originalStyle': 'ginput_counter'," .
        "    'displayFormat' : '#left characters remaining.'" .
        "    });";
    return $script;

A full list of available initialization options can be found at: jQuery Textarea Counter

Place this code in the functions.php file of your active theme. The source code for this filter is located in GFFormDisplay::get_counter_init_script() in form_display.php.