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Show repeater fields horizontal next to each other

  • hy,

    i am working on a repeater field that holds a flexible content field in each instance to build a multi-column layout at frontend.
    the problem is, that the repeater-instances are shown vertically aligned, one below another. so it is hard to recognize in which “frontend-column” you are currently working in the backend.

    unfortunately i can’t find any workarounds to this. of course i could clone the flexible-content field for the needed amount of columns, but that makes the fields very hard to maintain.

    any help appreciated 🙂


    • James

    • June 19, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Hi @matthias-wagnerfalkemedia-at ,

    Thanks for reaching out.

    You could switch the repeater layout to block or row in order to adjust how the items are displayed.

    Hope this helps.

    • Colin

    • April 17, 2018 at 2:59 am

    I know this is an old thread, but just in case anyone else is hoping to achieve this UI effect, this is what I did:

    Most sites I build and manage include a custom WP Admin stylesheet. It’s really easy to add via the active theme’s functions.php. The stylesheet can be named anything you want, and placed anywhere in the theme directory:

    function admin_theme_style()
      wp_enqueue_style( 'admin-theme', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/path/to/wp-admin.css' );
    add_action('admin_enqueue_scripts', 'admin_theme_style');
    add_action('login_enqueue_scripts', 'admin_theme_style');

    And then in my admin stylesheet, I have the following style rule:

    /* ACF "half-repeater" class, display repeaters in horizontal columns */
    .half-repeater .acf-repeater tr.acf-row:not(.acf-clone)
        display: inline-block !important;
        width: 50% !important;
        .half-repeater .acf-repeater tr.acf-row:not(.acf-clone) td.acf-fields
            width: 100%;

    Obviously you need to add your custom class to the repeater field when you create it. In my example I gave my repeater the half-repeater class, and styled it accordingly. You could do 3 or 4 columns just as easily.

    This approach works for both “block” and “row” repeater display options, although I personally think it looks best with “block” display.

    Hope this helps someone else.


  • @colinsafranek thanks for providing your code.

    I’ve optimized it a little bit, to be more flexible with the amount of columns:

    /* ACF "repeat-horizontal" class, display repeaters in horizontal columns */
    .repeat-horizontal .acf-repeater tbody {
        display: flex;
        flex-direction: row;
    .repeat-horizontal .acf-repeater tr.acf-row:not(.acf-clone) {
        width: 100%;
    .repeat-horizontal .acf-repeater tr.acf-row:not(.acf-clone) td.acf-fields {
        width: 100% !important; /* important is necessary because it gets overwritten on drag&drop  */
    • Colin

    • August 31, 2018 at 4:40 am

    @prebyter Nice! I love the Flex approach. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • for hover and border

    .repeat-horizontal .acf-repeater tr.acf-row:hover {
        z-index: 10 !important;
    .repeat-horizontal .acf-repeater .acf-row-handle.remove {
        border-right: 1px solid #E1E1E1;
  • Cooool! It works! Thanks for sharing!!!
    I use grid instead of flex.

    .repeat-horizontal .acf-repeater tbody {
        display: grid;
        grid-template-columns: 1fr 1fr 1fr; //set number of columns

    Great plugin, great support, great community.

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