How to detect the value of selected page template in the edit page? I have used jQuery to select the page attribute select box but it is not working when we hide the editor sidebar; Because it removes the markup of that settings. I think it keeps data somewhere as we are able to bring back the sidebar without any change.

My code: $('.editor-page-attributes__template select').val()

Is there any way to get the value when the sidebar is closed? Like any JavaScript variable in the page that updates when we change page template.

Note: I mean getting the value and use it in JavaScript without refreshing or updating the editor.


To get this value, use the wp.data module.

const template = wp.data.select( 'core/editor' ).getEditedPostAttribute( 'template' );

Since this can be changed in the document settings, you would likely need to "subscribe" and run a callback whenever this changes.

For example:

const { select, subscribe } = wp.data;

class PageTemplateSwitcher {

  constructor() {
    this.template = null;

  init() {

    subscribe( () => {

      const newTemplate = select( 'core/editor' ).getEditedPostAttribute( 'template' );

      if ( newTemplate && newTemplate !== this.template ) {
        this.template = newTemplate;


  changeTemplate() {
    // do your stuff here
    console.log(`template changed to ${this.template}`);

new PageTemplateSwitcher().init();

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