Locating acf-json in Sage 9: Won't work in theme root

Public Service Announcement for ACF users…

Because of the new directory structure in Sage 9 and the way Sage informs WP by updating the ‘stylesheet’ option, Advanced Custom Fields looks for the acf-json directory under /templates rather than the theme root.

ACF doesn’t make it easy to determine where it’s looking so this took a bit of flailing to find out…:open_mouth:


If using Sage 9, put acf-json in the templates directory.


Good find! I was curious why my latest project was not adding the acf json files… however since it was still early dev and everything was in the DB anyways, I figured ¯_(ツ)_/¯

It was driving me totally nuts - end of a long week!

ACF has a couple of filters for the save/load points, and the following puts things back to the usual acf-json location (or wherever):

// Set save point
add_filter('acf/settings/save_json', function ($path) {

  $path = get_stylesheet_directory() . '/acf-json';

  return $path;


// Set load point(s) - ACF loads all.json files from multiple load points
add_filter('acf/settings/load_json', function ($paths) {

  // remove original path (optional)

  // append path
  $paths[] = get_stylesheet_directory() . '/acf-json';

  return $paths;


For those using Sage Roots 9 Beta 3, the above code snippet is still needed. Make sure your acf-json folder is in the resources folder now.