acf/validate_attachment

Description

Used to perform custom validation on an attachment and prevent it being uploaded or selected for a specific field.

Similar to the acf/upload_prefilter filter, this filter can be used to prevent an upload, however, it can also be used to prevent an attachment being selected from a WP media modal.

Changelog

  • Added in version 5.2.8
  • Added context parameter in version 5.6.3

Parameters

apply_filters( 'acf/validate_attachment', $errors, $file, $attachment, $field, $context );
  • $errors (array) An array of error messages (strings) for the given attachment. Appending to this array will result in the attachment failing to upload, and the error message displayed to the client.
  • $file (array) An array of generic file data including type, width, height and size
  • $attachment (array) The attachment being uploaded/displayed. This data changes depending on context
  • $field (array) The field array containing all settings.
  • $context (string) Description of the current context: upload, basic_upload (when uploading) or prepare (when viewing). Added in 5.6.3

Modifers

This filter provides modifiers to target specific fields. The following filter names are available:

  • acf/validate_attachment Applies to all fields.
  • acf/validate_attachment/type={$type} Applies to all fields of a specific type.
  • acf/validate_attachment/name={$name} Applies to all fields of a specific name.
  • acf/validate_attachment/key={$key} Applies to all fields of a specific key.

Example

This example demonstrates how to validate the file name of all attachments. If the attachment’s file name does not begin with the string “acf-“, an error message will be displayed causing the upload/selection to fail.

functions.php

<?php
add_filter('acf/validate_attachment', 'my_acf_validate_attachment', 10, 5);
function my_acf_validate_attachment( $errors, $file, $attachment, $field, $context ){

    // Check first 4 characters of the attachment name.
    if( substr($attachment['name'], 0, 4) !== 'acf-' ) {
        $errors[] = __( 'File name must begin with "acf-"' );
    }
    return $errors; 
}
An error message displayed in the WP media modal preventing an attachment from being selected.
An error message displayed in the WP media modal preventing an attachment from being selected.

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