“Gutenberg” is a codename for a whole new paradigm in WordPress site building and publishing, that aims to revolutionize the entire publishing experience as much as Gutenberg did the printed word. Right now, the project is in the first phase of a four-phase process that will touch every piece of WordPress — Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual — and is focused on a new editing experience, the block editor.

The block editor introduces a modular approach to pages and posts: each piece of content in the editor, from a paragraph to an image gallery to a headline, is its own block. And just like physical blocks, WordPress blocks can added, arranged, and rearranged, allowing WordPress users to create media-rich pages in a visually intuitive way — and without work-arounds like shortcodes or custom HTML.

The block editor first became available in December 2018, and we’re still hard at work refining the experience, creating more and better blocks, and laying the groundwork for the next three phases of work. The Gutenberg plugin gives you the latest version of the block editor so you can join us in testing bleeding-edge features, start playing with blocks, and maybe get inspired to build your own.

Discover More

  • User Documentation: See the WordPress Editor documentation for detailed docs on using the editor as an author creating posts and pages.

  • Developer Documentation: Extending and customizing is at the heart of the WordPress platform, see the Developer Documentation for extensive tutorials, documentation, and API reference on how to extend the editor.

  • Contributors: Gutenberg is an open-source project and welcomes all contributors from code to design, from documentation to triage. See the Contributor’s Handbook for all the details on how you can help.

The development hub for the Gutenberg project is on Github at:

Discussion for the project is on Make Blog and the #core-editor channel in Slack, signup information.


How can I send feedback or get help with a bug?

We’d love to hear your bug reports, feature suggestions and any other feedback! Please head over to the GitHub issues page to search for existing issues or open a new one. While we’ll try to triage issues reported here on the plugin forum, you’ll get a faster response (and reduce duplication of effort) by keeping everything centralized in the GitHub repository.

What’s Next for the Project?

The four phases of the project are Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual. You can hear more about the project and phases from Matt in his State of the Word talks for 2019 and 2018. Additionally you can follow updates in the Make WordPress Core blog.

Where Can I Read More About Gutenberg?

Where can I see which Gutenberg plugin versions are included in each WordPress release?

View the Versions in WordPress document to get a table showing which Gutenberg plugin version is included in each WordPress release.


September 23, 2020
I tried using the block editor and could not continue with it. The following are its main problems but there are more issues with it: all white UI, being stuck together without separation, elements being hidden until you hover over them (how do you know where they are?), hidden elements elsewhere that were so conveniently placed before, sections cannot be moved, etc. Funny enough, new WordPress users complain to us across our businesses about how difficult WordPress is. We then tell them to give us access to install Classic Editor and they thank us and tell us how easy it is with the Classic Editor. We never use the block editor as a company and won't. Classic Editor is how WordPress should be. If you want a better way to add the block editor to WordPress, make it as part of the Classic Editor, next to the "Visual" and "Text" tabs. It should work just like the Page Builder by SiteOrigin where it has a tab next to the "Text" and then maintains the Classic Editor look. If you do end up keeping the block editor, PLEASE make it so that it uses the Classic Editor design, colours, interface, and look, and NOT the all-white-with-no-separation design.
September 23, 2020
I decided to try Gutenberg since it appears that Classic Editor will only be supported until 2022. I hated it and it was buggy. Hell I rather just write plain html/css/js than use this junk. I'd scroll down the page I was working on and after scrolling it would automatically scroll right back to the top of the page. BTW: This is using WP 5.5.1. I thought that maybe by now it would sort of work. I'm going to look into Drupal or Joomla for kicks. There is also ClassicPress but I wonder how long that will be supported. I want out of WP. FWP.
September 18, 2020
This slow, annoying, unhelpful, unfriendly, unintuitive and unusable plugin is a waste of time and just gets in the way. Please remove it completely from WordPress - let those who really want it download it - the rest of us users (most WordPress site developers) from what I can tell) can then carry on as normal. Grrr!
September 17, 2020
Gutenberg is the future. It comes slowly and unavoidable as death (but in this case as a really great thing). To ditch the bloated and slow visual composers is something that was long overdue and with Gutenberg that layout management is finally in the core. In. The. CORE. So suck it. I'm working with WP since the first version --I've seen everything-- and this is a breeze of fresh air. New theme architectures (like the one pushed by Kadence Theme and Kadence Blocks) are so agile, speedy and just plain smart in the use of resources and the logic of the construction that you'll never look back. Feel the advance of coldness in Winter, the warm feeling of love when it hits you, the destruction of an ultrabright fire. To stay in the comfort zone is surely warm and easy, but to give up before the evidence won't be traumatic by any means. Ease your muscles, close your eyes. Gutenberg is here and you better get on this frigging bandwagon to beautiful hell.
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Contributors & Developers

“Gutenberg” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Gutenberg” has been translated into 47 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.


To read the changelog for Gutenberg 9.0.0, please navigate to the release page.