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Bypass required fields

  • Hello,
    through the development of the new website I would like to turn off required validation for all fields. I was able to turn off the required flag when the field is printed:

    add_filter( 'acf/get_fields', 'turn_of_require' );
    function turn_of_require( $fields ) {
    	foreach ( $fields as &$field ) {
    		$field['required'] = 0;
    	return $fields;

    This removes the red star, etc. Unfortunately, the validation script does not get the information about the change and it thinks that fields are still required.

    I know that I could turn off all validation rules via action validate_save_post, but it turns off all rules. I would like to turn off only the required validation.

    Is there any possibility how to do that?

  • You need to edit the field group and edit the field to turn off required.

  • Thanks for your respond. I know about this possibility.

    My problem is somehow different. Those fields are provided by another plugin which I dont want to change because any update would restore the require flag.

    So I am searching for some method which helps me to turn of required flag without changing the register method of the field.

  • You will need to use the acf/load_field hook for each field.

  • Hello, a bit of an old post, but I am facing the same issue. I am running the function using ‘load_field’ and although the field is set as ‘not required’ and this is reflected on the output html, after submitting the form I can still see an error.

    function acf_classified_date_required_change( $field ) {
      	$field['required'] = false;
    	return $field;
    add_filter('acf/load_field/name=classified_date', 'acf_classified_date_required_change');
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