Questionnaire web address (URL) and QR code

Questionnaire URL


Once you have published your questionnaire in Maptionnaire (by clicking 'Publish'), a web address or URL is automatically generated for the questionnaire (as shown in the image below). It is stable, meaning that even if you publish a new version of the questionnaire, the web address won't change. You can share this link with your respondents.

Customize your questionnaire URL

It may be good to customize your Maptionnaire survey link to something shorter and snappier. For example, the link in the image above was shortened to

Customizing links is easy and fast. Simply send us a message at and we will generate it for you. Remember to include in your message a link to the questionnaire and the custom URL ending you would like to use (under 25 characters, letters and numbers only) that you would like to use ! Please note that the customized URL will always begin with and that your survey needs to be published before we can generate a customized URL for it.

QR codes

When we create a customized URL for the survey, we also automatically generate a QR code for it.


Links to specific language versions of the survey

If your survey is available in different languages, but you want all respondents to view the survey first in a specific one when they first access it, you can add a language code to the URL. Simply add ?lang=the abbreviation code for the language (e.g. ?lang=fi for Finnish) to the URL, and it will direct respondents to that language version first. You can append the language to either the original 'long' URL or to the shorter customized URL.


Currently available languages and their codes:

  • Albanian - sq
  • Arabic - ar
  • Armenian - hy
  • Bengali - bn
  • Bulgarian - bg
  • Cantonese (traditional) – yue
  • Chinese (simplified) - zh
  • Croatian - hr
  • Czech - cs
  • Danish – da
  • Dutch – nl
  • English – en
  • Estonian – et
  • Farsi – fa
  • Filipino/Tagalog – tl
  • Finnish – fi
  • French – fr
  • German – de
  • Hebrew - he
  • Hmong – hmn
  • Hungarian – hu
  • Icelandic - is
  • Italian - it
  • Japanese – ja
  • Korean – ko
  • Malay - ms
  • Norwegian – no
  • Persian – fa
  • Polish - pl
  • Portuguese - pt
  • Romanian - ro
  • Russian - ru
  • Serbian - sr
  • Slovenian – sl
  • Somali - so
  • Sorani - ckb
  • Spanish – es
  • Swedish – sv
  • Tagalog – tl
  • Turkish - tr
  • Vietnamese – vi


Q: My survey is available in English, Spanish and Swahili. I want everyone to first view the English version by default. How do I force this?

A: When the survey is available in multiple languages, the first language version shown is the one that matches their browser's preferred language. E.g. if their browser is set to English, then the English version is always shown first. However, you can also direct respondents to a specific language version by using a language code in the URL of the survey. 

Q: My survey is available in English and Spanish. I want to send a link to the English version to some participants and to Spanish for others. How do I do this?

A: You can do this by adding a language code to the end of the URL. 

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