How can I check if the editor that is currently being used is Gutenberg in a WordPress plugin?

I need this because Gutenberg lacks post_submitbox_misc_actions, so I need a fallback which will only be used if the current editor is Gutenberg.

  • Do you mean like is_gutenberg_page() with function_exists (untested)?
    – birgire
    Jul 29, 2018 at 17:18

8 Answers 8


Necessary API Functions/Methods:

You'll need WP_Screen::is_block_editor() method to check if you are currently in the Gutenberg Editor (Since WordPress 5.0).

Also, if you install Gutenberg as a separate plugin, then you'll have the is_gutenberg_page() function available to do the same check.

So for an overall solution, you'll need to combine these two.

Of course, this has to be checked from the admin panel pages and when the internal data is ready to call the function. So you'll have to do the check using a suitable hook. For example, if you check this using init hook, it will not work.

Gutenberg itself checks the is_gutenberg_page() function from gutenberg_init() function, which is loaded using replace_editor hook. So replace_editor hook is a good place to do this check.

However, I'd suggest the use of admin_enqueue_scripts for making the check, since:

  1. admin_enqueue_scripts is the first hook that is fired after the same is_gutenberg_page() check Gutenberg makes itself.

  2. Because of the nature of Gutenberg, you're more likely to load external scripts / styles for your purpose.

  3. admin_enqueue_scripts is a well known hook and it's only fired from admin panel pages. So front end is not affected by it.

Having said that, if all you need is to enqueue some scripts/styles, then you may use enqueue_block_editor_assets hook for editor assets and enqueue_block_assets hook for both the editor and frontend assets (since WordPress 5.0).

I'm not providing the related CODE here as it wasn't directly asked in the question, but it may be enough for most purposes.


Sample CODE for Gutenberg check

add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', 'wpse_gutenberg_editor_action' );
function wpse_is_gutenberg_editor() {
    if( function_exists( 'is_gutenberg_page' ) && is_gutenberg_page() ) { 
        return true;
    $current_screen = get_current_screen();
    if ( method_exists( $current_screen, 'is_block_editor' ) && $current_screen->is_block_editor() ) {
        return true;
    return false;
function wpse_gutenberg_editor_action() {
    if( wpse_is_gutenberg_editor() ) { 
        // your gutenberg editor related CODE here
    else {
        // this is not gutenberg.
        // this may not even be an editor, you need to check the screen if you need to check for another editor.
  • 3
    This is only working with the Gutenberg plugin, it doesn't work in wp5 if plugin is not installed Nov 17, 2018 at 14:01
  • 1
    is_block_editor is required for wp5.0 + Jan 15, 2019 at 6:07
  • UPDATE: should now work for WP 5.0+ & if Gutenberg is installed as a Plugin.
    – Fayaz
    Nov 23, 2021 at 0:44

The function is_gutenberg_page is from the Gutenberg plugin, while the is_block_editor method is available from 5.0. This function below combines both into a single checking function.

The code below is from Freemius SDK, props to their team:

function is_gutenberg_page() {
    if ( function_exists( 'is_gutenberg_page' ) &&
    ) {
        // The Gutenberg plugin is on.
        return true;
    $current_screen = get_current_screen();
    if ( method_exists( $current_screen, 'is_block_editor' ) &&
    ) {
        // Gutenberg page on 5+.
        return true;
    return false;
  • 2
    This is the correct answer moving forward. Jan 15, 2019 at 6:07
  1. Gutenberg has been integrated in WordPress 5.0 and now you can check by using use_block_editor_for_post function.

      //Block editor is active for this post.
  2. Alternatively, when creating new post you can use use_block_editor_for_post_type function to check if gutenberg is active for this post type.

    //Gutenberg is active.

has_blocks is the way to go to check content, but also note if you are just checking if the block editor screen is being used in the admin area, you can do a check like this (to account for both the new block editor and Gutenberg plugin):

if (is_admin()) {
    global $current_screen;
    if (!isset($current_screen)) {$current_screen = get_current_screen();}
    if ( ( method_exists($current_screen, 'is_block_editor') && $current_screen->is_block_editor() )
      || ( function_exists('is_gutenberg_page')) && is_gutenberg_page() ) ) {
  • This is great, but I don't think you need to call global $current_screen. Dec 9, 2018 at 23:55
  • true, I tend to code examples this way as I don't know what context they will be in - they could break easily depending on that... I just added an additional is_admin and isset check for this purpose.
    – majick
    Dec 10, 2018 at 3:49
  • In the current WP version (5.0.2) the above snippet does not work when it is executed in a function attached to the current_screen hook because is_block_editor is set later than that. It only works if it is executed at a later time (i.e. load-(page)). This seems a bug in WP. Jan 8, 2019 at 18:13

The WP_Screen Object now contains a boolean property for this. The following is working for me:

if( ! function_exists( 'get_current_screen' ) ) {
  return false;

$screen = get_current_screen();
$is_block_editor = $screen->is_block_editor;

See https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/classes/wp_screen/is_block_editor/


Gutenberg 3.6 introduced functions like has_blocks and has_block. They replace the deprecated gutenberg_post_has_blocks function.

If has_blocks returns true than Gutenberg was used while editing the post.

You can either use has_blocks() without params if the $post global is already set(for something like a query loop) or check the post content directly with has_blocks( $content )


Here I have shared the custom function which you can use to check Gutenberg is enable or not.

if ( is_gutenberg_enable() ) {
    // Do your code

This is a custom function:

 * Check if Gutenberg is enable.
 * Must be used not earlier than plugins_loaded action fired.
 * @return bool
function is_gutenberg_enable() {

    $gutenberg    = false;
    $block_editor = false;

    if ( has_filter( 'replace_editor', 'gutenberg_init' ) ) {
        // Gutenberg is installed and activated.
        $gutenberg = true;

    if ( version_compare( $GLOBALS['wp_version'], '5.0-beta', '>' ) ) {
        // Block editor.
        $block_editor = true;

    if ( ! $gutenberg && ! $block_editor ) {
        return false;

    include_once ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/plugin.php';

    if ( ! is_plugin_active( 'classic-editor/classic-editor.php' ) ) {
        return true;

    $use_block_editor = ( get_option( 'classic-editor-replace' ) === 'no-replace' );

    return $use_block_editor;
  • This is one of the forks of the kagg-design script? Is including wp-admin's plugin.php really a good idea?
    – Rup
    Oct 25, 2020 at 13:37
  • It is a little bit different. As per standard, we need to avoid the plugin.php but in some cases, you can use it if you want. Here I have used for the plugin check. Oct 25, 2020 at 14:18
  • @Rup you can just do if ( ! class_exists( 'Classic_Editor' ) ) { instead of including plugin.php. Aug 8 at 2:12

In WP 5.0 and higher, a function 'has_blocks' is present in /wp-includes/blocks.php, so you can use:

    if ( function_exists('has_blocks')) {
        $this->isGutenberg = true;
    else {
        $this->isGutenberg = false;

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.