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Default value for datepicker

  • Hi,

    I am trying to get a default value for datepicker, basically if field abc has no value, then it should have value xyz. If the field has value, then the value will be displayed. I have tried it with several solutions but I am no expert:

    add_filter('acf/load_field/name=date_of_birth', function ($field) {
        $field['default_value'] = date('d.m.Y');
        return $field;


    $goempty = '---';
    $defaultdateofbirth = get_field('date_of_birth');
    if (empty($defaultdateofbirth)) {
    update_field('date_of_birth', '---');
    } else {
    update_field('date_of_birth', $goempty);

    The second one adds the today’s date and overwrites everything else.

    Can someone help me figure out a solution for that? Thanks!!

  • Has really no one an idea how to solcve this? 🙁

  • If you want to set the default value of a date field when loading a field it must be in the same format that ACF stores in the DB

    add_filter('acf/load_field/name=date_of_birth', function ($field) {
        $field['default_value'] = date('Ymd');
        return $field;
  • I can now confirm John’s solution above is perfect and does the trick like a charm !

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