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Can I delete images permanently?

    • pjeaje

    • September 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Can I delete images permanently (from the custom field image on the edit page) without having to go into the media manager?


    • Elliot

    • September 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Hi @pjeaje

    By default, no.

    However, you could hook into the image update_value action and look for an empty value. If found, you could lookup the old value (get_field) and then use the ID to remove it from the DB completely.

    You can target all image update_value actions like so:

    function my_acf_update_value( $value, $post_id, $field  )
        // do something else to the $post object via the $post_id
        return $value;
    add_filter('acf/update_value/type=image', 'my_acf_update_value', 10, 3);

    Learn more:

    • pjeaje

    • September 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm
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    • Elliot

    • September 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Hi @pjeaje

    No, the above code will not delete images.
    It is a demonstration of how you can hook into the update_value filter and delete it with code.

    Please remember that this is a support forum, not a free development service. I can point you in the right direction with functions, docs and general help, but I will not write your custom code for you.


    • pjeaje

    • September 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Please remember that this is a support forum, not a free development service.

    Thanks I never forgot, I was just asking as i didn’t know what the code did.

  • Do we have to use a specific field name for this, to get the previous value? I mean does this apply: get_field($field, $post_id) or we have to specify a field name like this ‘get_field(‘field_name’, $post_id)’. could you possibly write this tutorial, it would be much appreciated. Anyone found a solution on this?

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