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Integrate Advanced Custom Fields Gallery field into existing themes and slider plugins easily

Stanislav KhromovStanislav Khromov

If you are using ACF Gallery fields, there’s a quick trick to showing them to the end users by utilizing the existing [gallery] shortcode, which most themes have great support for.

If your field name is “gallery_field”, use this function in your theme where you want to display the gallery:

if(get_field('gallery_field') !== '')
    $gallery_items_string = '';
    foreach(get_field('gallery_field') as $gallery_item)
        $gallery_items_string .= $gallery_item['id'] . ',';

    echo do_shortcode('[gallery link="file" columns="4" ids="'. $gallery_items_string .'"]');

Bonus – Integration with slider plugins:

Now that we’ve integrated with the shortcode, let’s move on to sliders! Below we have an example of an Owl Carousel integration, provided by by Corbin from Commandbase!

$images = get_field('portfolio_gallery');

if( $images ): ?>
    <ul class="portfolio-slider">
        <?php foreach( $images as $image ): ?>
                <img src="<?php echo $image['sizes']['large']; ?>" alt="<?php echo $image['alt']; ?>" />
        <?php endforeach; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

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Comments 5
  • Corbin
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    Corbin Corbin

    Reply Author

    I’ve been using the ACF gallery field quite a bit lately for little slider sections. I typically integrate it with Owl Carousel and use something like below:

    Code moved to post.

    It’s been a lifesaver for when clients are requesting things like business listings with images of the business, or for singular portfolio pages. Going to save your snippet though for when I need a standard gallery layout. I heard WordPress 4.0 has some updates to the default gallery.

    • Corbin
      Posted on

      Corbin Corbin

      Reply Author

      Dang, the syntax highlighter seems to hate my tabs in the snippet I shared. Feel free to use to fix it if need be

    • Stanislav Khromov
      Posted on

      Stanislav Khromov Stanislav Khromov

      Reply Author

      Hey Corbin,

      Thanks, great snippet!

      Code in comments doesn’t seem to work properly right now but I’ll check on in asap.
      I pasted your original snippet into the main post, I hope that’s OK with you?

      Cheers! /Stanislav

      • Corbin
        Posted on

        Corbin Corbin

        Reply Author

        Totally cool with me, happy to have helped.