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ACF User Role Field Setting

User Role Setting for ACF

This is an add on plugin for Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) Version 5.

This plugin will not provide any functionality if ACF5 is not installed.

This plugin adds a field setting to all field types so that user roles allowed to edit the field can be selected. Only those roles selected for the field will be able to edit the field.

This adds additional security to fields. This plugin does not simply hide field, it removes them completely from the field group. Using standard ACF filters is is possible to set many field types to readonly or disabled. It is even possible by adding custom CSS to hide fields based on the current user's role. However, this is not a secure way to prevent those that should not be allowed to edit a field from editing them if they really want to. Anyone with limited HTML knowledge can easily instpect the HTML of a page and alter the html and css to make the fields visible and editable. The only secure way to prevent the fields from being edited is to not have them present in the form to begin with.

$_POST Filtering: In addition to removing the fields from field groups so that they can not be edited this plugin also checks submitted values to see if the current user is allowed to manage the fields submitted before allowing ACF to save any values to the database.

Author John A. Huebner II
Contributors Hube2
Tags acf, advanced custom fields, multisite, security, setting, user role
  1. user-role-field-setting-for-acf screenshot 1

    Field setting on example field

Install like any other plugin


  • removed github updater support


  • initial release as a WordPress Plugin

Nothing yet

Other Notes

Github Repository

This plugin is also on GitHub

Excluded Field Types

Most of the time it would not make sense for a tab field, unless all of the fields in the tab were set the same, in other words, removing a tab should remove all the fields in that tab. That's not something that I can do at this point.

I'm not sure about the clone field, I haven't worked with it much. You can test it out if you want.

I also added a filter so that you can adjust the types of fields that are excluded. Here is an example

  add_filter('acf/user_role_setting/exclude_field_types', 'user_role_setting_excluded_field_types');
  function user_role_setting_excluded_field_types($exclude) {
      $exclude holds an array of field types to exclude from adding user role settings
      default value:
      $exclude = array('tab' => 'tab', 'clone' => 'clone');
    // remove tab field from exclude
    if (isset($exclude['tab'])) {
    // add message field to exclude
    $exclude['message'] = 'message';
    return $exclude;

Remove Nag

If you would like to remove my little nag that appears on some admin pages add the following to your functions.php file

add_filter('remove_hube2_nag', '__return_true');
Version 2.1.4

Requires WordPress version: 4.0 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 06 Jan 2017

Date Added: 02 Jan 2017

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