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Dynamically create vcard from ACF data and download with button click?

  • Hello,

    Ditto the subject pretty much. I can find a lot of info on how to generate a vcard file with PHP, but nothing really says how to make this happen by clicking a button. I don’t want to store a copy locally, or generate a new file on post save or any nonsense like that. Click the button, it builds the file and downloads with a filename that mirrors the post slug.

  • So I did end up just creating the vCard upon saving the custom post type by cobbling together a few different methods. I started with this function:

    function hj_create_vCard( $post_id ) {
         * In production code, $slug should be set only once in the plugin,
         * preferably as a class property, rather than in each function that needs it.
        $post_type = get_post_type($post_id);
        // only update the attorneys custom post type on save
        if ( "attorneys" != $post_type ) return;
        $vpost = get_post($post->ID);
        $filename = $vpost->post_name.".vcf";
        header('Content-type: text/x-vcard; charset=utf-8');
        header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=".$filename);
        $data.="FN:".$vpost->post_title."\n"; // get post title
        $data.="ORG:Client Company Name\n";
        $data.="EMAIL;TYPE=work:" .get_field('att_email',$vpost->ID)."\n";  // get acf field value
        $data.="TEL;WORK;VOICE:" .get_field('att_phone',$vpost->ID)."\n";  // get acf field value
        $data.="ADR;WORK;PREF:123 Fake Street;Fake City;MN;55106\n";  // get acf field value
        $filePath = get_template_directory()."/vcard/".$filename; // you can specify path here where you want to store file.
        $file = fopen($filePath,"w");
    add_action( 'save_post', 'hj_create_vCard' );

    Then for use in my template I just grab the file that is generated on save by looking for the file based on its name, which is generated from the page slug:

    global $post;
    $vcfname = $post->post_name;
    <a href="<?php echo get_template_directory_uri(); ?>/vcard/<?php echo $vcfname; ?>.vcf"><i class="far fa-address-card"></i> Download Vcard</a>
    • treon

    • March 21, 2019 at 8:32 pm


    Im trying to do the same. You got this working??

    I was try this code put first part in my template functions.php and secound part in post with shortcode snippet.

    I get this error
    The page can’t be found.
    It looks like nothing was found at this location.

  • @pierrebalian Thanks so much for this, worked a treat and was easily tweaked for it’s intended purpose on a website i’m working on.

  • @pierrebalian this is awesome and works wonderfully except for one thing: when you attempt to add a new post of the specified custom post type the browser attempts to download a .vcf file. No file name, as I assume it’s trying to download a file with “post_name.vcf” but there’s not post_name to reference so it’s just “.vcf”.

    Did you or @pixelsandthings figure out a workaround for this glitch?


  • Hi @shawnrosspeters

    Just unset the two header lines in the main function. That is the cause of the problem.

    //header('Content-type: text/x-vcard; charset=utf-8');
    //header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=".$filename);
  • @pierrebalian that worked! Thanks!

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