How to: ACF Bulk data import for repeaters (ACF v6+)

By James LePage, CodeWP Founder
January 31, 2023

Earlier, I was tying to import a bulk list of links into an ACF repeater. There are several heavy import plugins that will get the job done, but I needed something simpler.

I used CodeWP to generate this code for my use case. When saving a specific post type, it'll check if I've added data to import, and if it's present, add it to the specified repeater. Quick and simple!

//when post type is dataset and it's updated, run this function (only on the admin backend post edit page) add_action('acf/save_post', 'urlimporter', 20); function urlimporter() { //if import_links acf field has content, and it's comma separated (,, get each item //for each link (use foreach), create a new repeater row for 'dataset' repeater, then add the link to the 'original_link' subfield //on success, delete the import_links field if (get_field('import_links')) { $post_id = get_the_ID(); $repeater_name = 'dataset'; $import_links = get_field('import_links'); $import_links = explode(",", $import_links); foreach ($import_links as $link) { add_row($repeater_name, array('original_link' => $link), $post_id); } update_field('import_links', '', $post_id); } }

Here's how it works.

We have two fields set using ACF for our custom post type. Import links, and the repeater.

If the user saves the post, and there is a common separated, list of links in the import links field, the function will run separating out each link and then adding it as a new repeater role. It will also clear the field.

It uses the acf/save_post action, which fires when saving the submitted $_POST data.

This function is a quick and simple way to insert large amounts of data into repeaters and it's easily extendable using CodeWP.

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