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  • Not really. Most of my ACF data for that site was in a single field. I added code to copy that field specifically, like:

    $layout = get_field_object('content_rows', $post_id);
    update_field('content_rows', $layout['value'], $inserted_post_id); 
  • That doesn’t seem to work. If I dump the $value variable before the line

    upate_post_meta($inserted_post_id, $key, $value);

    It’s the key of the field, not the field structure/array. But if I try to pass the $field as the last argument of update_post_meta(), it doesn’t work.

  • I figured out a decent solution using get_field_object and update_field.

    For anyone passing this way, you want to pass the value of the [‘value’] index of the retrieved object to update_field.

    $layout = get_field_object('field_name', $post_id);
    update_field('field_name', $layout['value'], $inserted_post_id);

    I’d love to have code that can iterate through fields w/o my having to hard-code the field name, though.

  • I was struggling with this this morning and came across this thread. I just wanted to confirm that I was able to fix this by spinning up a temporary install of WordPress. I grabbed the old version of ACF from the site I was exporting from. Did an old-style export/import that uses the WordPress importer XML. Then I installed ACF Pro, did the database upgrade, then exported the JSON from the temp install. Imported that into my new site using the ACF JSON importer and all was well.

  • I recognize that this is an old thread, but wanted to add something that I constructed using this info that I found handy. I used ACF to add a true/false field to user forms. I called it “show_custom_fields_admin”. Then I use the above code in conjunction with the value of that true/false field to hide or display the ACF menu.

    function remove_acf_menu(){
      global $current_user;
      $show = get_field('show_custom_fields_admin',$current_user);
      if (!$show){
        remove_menu_page( 'edit.php?post_type=acf-field-group' );
    add_action( 'admin_menu', 'remove_acf_menu', 100 );

    When adding the true/false field to the user form, be sure to show it only if the user’s role is “admin”.

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