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Rest API – ACF Pro – ReactJS

  • Hi – I’m setting up a little project using WordPress as a headless CM. I want to expose the data from a custom post type (movies), which uses ACF fields (Movies), and display the data in a ReactJS App.

    I got it working but I did so using a plugin called ACF to REST API which I later found out not to have been updated for the past couple of years.

    I opened a ticket and asked the ACF team for an alternative solution. I was directed to the following page where a vanilla solution would be found:

    The code solution on offer is:

    function create_ACF_meta_in_REST() {
        $postypes_to_exclude = ['acf-field-group','acf-field'];
        $extra_postypes_to_include = ["page"];
        $post_types = array_diff(get_post_types(["_builtin" => false], 'names'),$postypes_to_exclude);
        array_push($post_types, $extra_postypes_to_include);
        foreach ($post_types as $post_type) {
            register_rest_field( $post_type, 'ACF', [
                'get_callback'    => 'expose_ACF_fields',
                'schema'          => null,
    function expose_ACF_fields( $object ) {
        $ID = $object['id'];
        return get_fields($ID);
    add_action( 'rest_api_init', 'create_ACF_meta_in_REST' );

    I disabled the ACF to REST API plugin and pasted the above code into functions.php of the theme I was using.

    The result was that my React App broke. Also, when I looked at the /wp-json output the only reference to ACF was acf-disabled.

    I played around with this part of the code:

    $postypes_to_exclude = ['acf-field-group','acf-field'];
    $extra_postypes_to_include = ["page"];

    First Try

    $postypes_to_exclude = ['acf-field-group','acf-field'];
    $extra_postypes_to_include = ["page", "movie"];

    Second Try

    $postypes_to_exclude = [];
    $extra_postypes_to_include = ["page", "movie", "acf-field-group","acf-field"];

    but still got the same result in /wp-json.

    Should this code go in functions.php?
    How should I tweak it to make it output the ACF Movies fields in /wp-json?

    Hopefully thanking you in advance! 🙂

  • Same thing is happening to me. Did you solve it?

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