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Dynamically populate relationship field

  • Hello,

    I am trying to dynamically populate a relationship field (in a custom taxonomy) with all custom posts that have the current term.

    I have been able to limit the post selection base on taxonomy with


    Now I am trying to use acf/load_field whit a wp_query in order to get fields but I am not managing.

    $field['choices'] = array();
    	// Required to make use of the wpdb Class
    	global $wpdb;
    	// Query the database
    	$the_query = new WP_Query(array(
    		'post_type'			=> 'article',
    		'posts_per_page'	=> -1,
    		'meta_key'			=> 'number_article',
    		'orderby'			=> 'meta_value',
    		'order'				=> 'ASC',
    		'tax_query' => array(
                    'taxonomy' => 'issue_tax',
                    'field' => 'slug',
                    'terms' => array ('5')
    	if( $the_query->have_posts() ){ 
    		while( $the_query->have_posts() ){ $the_query->the_post(); 
    			$value = get_the_ID();
    			$label = get_the_title();
    			$field['choices'][ $value ] = $label; 
    return $field;

    Any help?


  • You cannot modify the choices of a relationship field by using a load field filter. These can really only be modified by using the method you mentioned

    On a taxonomy page, or any page, ACF sends the current post ID as part of the request. I just did a test and here is what is in the $_POST array for the request.

        [paged] => 1
        [taxonomy] => 
        [post_type] => 
        [s] => 
        [max] => 
        [min] => 
        [action] => acf/fields/relationship/query
        [field_key] => field_587ba38bc815c
        [post_id] => category_4
        [nonce] => b12e5fd166

    In your acf/fields/relationship/query filter you can look at the post_id value. From this you can get the taxonomy and the term ID. You can then use these values to modify the query args you return from your filter so that only posts in the current term are returned.

  • You know, now that I’m thinking about it, ACF passes $post_id to your filter and it more than likely has the same value, so you should just need to look at that value and alter the query args based on that.

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