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Distribute ACF with multiple plugins

  • Hi,

    I want to distribute ACF with my theme. I have read the requirements here.

    I am using the free version of ACF and the the theme is for a unique client, not to be sold / distributed.

    My question is. I created 3x plugins using ACF, while my theme also uses ACF.

    Will this be the procedure?

    1.) Add acf to my wp-content/themes/mytheme/acf
    2.) Add the code below to the main file of each plugin which uses ACF
    3.) Add the code below to the functions.php of my theme

    // 1. customize ACF path
    add_filter('acf/settings/path', 'my_acf_settings_path');
    function my_acf_settings_path( $path ) {
        // update path
        $path = get_stylesheet_directory() . '/acf/';
        // return
        return $path;
    // 2. customize ACF dir
    add_filter('acf/settings/dir', 'my_acf_settings_dir');
    function my_acf_settings_dir( $dir ) {
        // update path
        $dir = get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/acf/';
        // return
        return $dir;
    // 3. Hide ACF field group menu item
    add_filter('acf/settings/show_admin', '__return_false');
    // 4. Include ACF
    include_once( get_stylesheet_directory() . '/acf/acf.php' );
  • It seems to be the way to go, except for that I need to change the function for each instance of adding the code.

    So changing:


    Please let me know if I’m on the right track, thank you!

  • Hi @schalkjoubert

    The method you used is designed for ACF PRO version. For the free version, kindly check this page:

    Thanks 🙂

  • @schalkjoubert
    How has this worked out for you? I’m looking into building a theme with ACF Pro included in it, the same way you are doing. However, I’m concerned that if my theme has ACF included and my customer installs the ACF plugin on their own, it will cause a conflict.

    How do you avoid conflict when your plugins include ACF, and your theme includes ACF, and the potential of the customer installing the plugin on their own at some point in time?


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