I have a custom content type, Contacts. Under contacts I have a custom File field, Contracts.

I want to hide the any file that have been uploaded under the File Field, Contracts in the node edit form. It should be view-able only by the admin.

I want to display the upload option in the field to all the users, however, not the files that have already been uploaded under the node.

Please advice


The modified code:

MODULE NAME = Hide_Uploaded_Files.

CONTENT TYPE = Candidates.

CUSTOM fIELD = field_resume.

function Hide_Uploaded_Files_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
global $user;    
if ($form_id === 'Candidates_node_form' && !in_array('administrator', $user-
>roles) && $form['field_resume']['und'][0]['#default_value']['fid'] > 0) {
$form['field_resume']['#access'] = FALSE;   

1 Answer 1


Create a custom module and implements hooK_form_alter(). and set field access to false for other user except administrator.

function MODULENAME_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  global $user;    
  if ($form_id === 'CONTENTTYPE_node_form' && !in_array('administrator', $user->roles) && $form['field_image']['und'][0]['#default_value']['fid'] > 0) {
    $form['field_image']['#access'] = FALSE;    

MODULENAME = Your costom module machine name.

CONTENTTYPE = Your content type machine name.

field_image = Your custom file field machine name.

  • Thank you for the code @Yogesh. I did as per your advice, however, it doesnt seem to work. Appreciate if you could guide me. I created the custom module & updated the code with my custom content & field information. Do advice me of any other options I could try? Thank you May 24, 2017 at 14:36
  • @GirishCholayill I have tested this code before posting my answer. Please clear your cache and then test again. if you are logged in with administrator role then you can see image/file field on edit form but you can't see the image/file field on edit if logged in with other than administrator. Please show me your code so that I can help you. May 25, 2017 at 6:19
  • Sorry for the delay, was trying different permutations & combinations, still a no go for me, I did clear the cache as well as tested with a Non-Admin user, but, the files are still displaying in the node edit form. I am not developer, hence do not know where I goofed up. I have edited my question to input the modified code, do let me know what changes I need to do to make it work? May 29, 2017 at 15:53
  • There is a little mistake you have in your code. Replace $form_id === 'Candidates_node_form' to $form_id === 'candidates_node_form' May 30, 2017 at 4:41
  • Thank you for pointing it out. It hides the uploaded files now, however, it also hides the option to upload any files as well. What changes should I make, if I want to hide the uploaded files, but have the option to display upload new files to the user in the node edit form? Thank you very much for your guidance. I truly appreciate it. May 31, 2017 at 5:38

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