“Gutenberg” is a codename for a whole new paradigm for creating with WordPress, that aims to revolutionize the entire publishing experience as much as Gutenberg did the printed word. The project is following a four-phase process that will touch major pieces of WordPress — Editing, Customization, Collaboration, and Multilingual.

The block editor introduces a modular approach to all parts of your site: 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 be added, arranged, and rearranged, allowing WordPress users to create media-rich content in a visually intuitive way — and without work-arounds like shortcodes or custom HTML.

The block editor first became available in December 2018. We’re always hard at work refining the experience, creating more and better blocks, and laying the groundwork for the future phases of work. Each WordPress release comes ready to go with the stable features from multiple versions of the Gutenberg plugin, so you don’t need to use the plugin to benefit from the work being done here. However, if you’re more adventurous and tech-savvy, the Gutenberg plugin gives you the latest and greatest, 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: Review the WordPress Editor documentation for detailed instructions on using the editor as an author to create posts, pages, and more.

  • Developer Documentation: Explore the Developer Documentation for extensive tutorials, documentation, and API references 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 can be found at Discussions for the project are on the Make Core Blog and in the #core-editor channel in Slack, including weekly meetings. If you don’t have a slack account, you can sign up here.


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.

Do I have to use the Gutenberg plugin to get access to these features?

It depends on the feature you want to use! Keep in mind that each version of WordPress after 5.0 comes with bundled versions of the Gutenberg plugin, automatically containing new features and changes. If you want the cutting edge features, including more experimental items, you will need to use the plugin. You can read more here about whether using the plugin is right for you.

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.

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 2020, 2019, and 2018. Additionally, you can follow the biweekly release notes and monthly project plan updates on the Make WordPress Core blog for more up to date information about what’s happening now.

Where Can I Read More About Gutenberg?


October 24, 2021
And this one is the worst as it's thrown down our throats. There's already plenty of other builders on the market so Automattic should have: a) focus on fixing WordPress core many issues b) made it optional and allowed to easily switch between this and classic editor.
October 23, 2021
WordPress, what did you do ? Your editor is like a gas factory. Can you imagine someone who lost precious written content each 10 minutes, because switching between Visual and Code Editor doesn't reflect the change between these two interface. Also, (auto) saving is crashing almost each 5 - 10 minutes, required to refresh the whole page doing some copy-past of the source code to not lose content. And here is only 2 bugs from a dozen I experiment. I wait a long time before switching to Gutenberg but it was anyway too early.
October 22, 2021
Gutenberg is horrible. Not only do my clients have a hard time using it, but even I, who have been creating websites in wordpress for many years, cannot clearly understand how this new editor works. It's so deeply counterintuitive that any edit that took just a couple of minutes in the classic editor now stretches for hours. You should offer the option of using the classic editor OR Gutenberg, but forcibly imposing this crap is totally unreasonable. In order to keep my clients in a familiar editing environment, I am forced to install a plugin, but it would be better not to have to use external plugins, instead WordPress should offer the possibility of continuing to use the classic editor (even improved), as an alternative. And now, it is even worse, since the classic widgets have been replaced by this confusing system of blocks.
October 22, 2021
Ich verstehe den Ansatz, allerdings ist die Umsetzung so dermaßen unübersichtlich und nicht intuitiv.
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Contributors & Developers

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


“Gutenberg” has been translated into 51 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Interested in development?

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To read the changelog for Gutenberg 11.7.1, please navigate to the release page.