Gutenberg Block Manager


The Gutenberg Block Manager is an intuitive tool for WordPress site admins to globally manage the enabled/disabled state of each block. Disabled blocks will be removed from the block inserter on post edit screens.


  • Globally Enable/Disable Blocks – Unlike the block manager functionality in the Gutenberg editor, this tool will globally enables/disables blocks for all users on your site.
  • Block Search and Filter – Quickly locate blocks using the block search functionality in the sidebar.
  • Filter Hooks – Use the gbm_disabled_blocks filter to control blocks from functions.php.
  • Category Switcher – Functionality for changing the categories Gutenberg blocks.



Use the gbm_disabled_blocks filter to control blocks via backend code. This makes it easier to control the status of blocks across multiple WordPress environments.

add_filter('gbm_disabled_blocks', function(){
    return ['core/buttons', 'core/columns', 'core/freeform', 'core/table'];


  • Block Manager WordPress Admin
  • Disable all (or some) of the useless Embed blocks 🙂
  • Disable entire block categories with a single click.


How to install Block Manager.

Using The WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Search for ‘Block Manager’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’
  4. Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard

Uploading in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Navigate to the ‘Upload’ area
  3. Select from your computer
  4. Click ‘Install Now’
  5. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Using FTP

  1. Download
  2. Extract the block-manager directory to your computer
  3. Upload the block-manager directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Then navigate to wp-admin -> Settings -> Block Manager to use the plugin.


May 8, 2021
Thanks Darren for this handy tool! It seems to me that this functionality should be part of WordPress core. Before installing this plugin, I was typing /im to insert an image, and then having to choose between "Image" and "Imgur." These words look very similar and also have almost identical block icons. The dropdown for /im also shows Flickr, Vimeo, and Animoto. I wanted to remove those blocks, so naturally I went to the default / core Block Manager. Unfortunately, to my surprise, or at least in my experience, the default Block Manager does not provide a way to remove Imgur, Flickr, Vimeo and Animoto. Thanks again for helping to declutter and simplify the publishing process! Reviewed with: WordPress 5.7.1 Gutenberg Block Manager 1.2.1
March 8, 2021
This is great for simplifying things for clients. Love the ability to re-categorize! Any plans to allow the hiding of individual block controls? There are a bunch of advanced settings many clients could do without.
March 14, 2020
Used on WP 5.3.2 works perfectly to unclutter Block editor.
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1.2.1 – February 28, 2021

  • UPDATE – Added Category Switcher support for all block including core Gutenberg blocks.

1.2 – February 27, 2021

  • NEW – Added new Category Switcher.
    • The Category Switcher provides functionality for changing the category core Gutenberg blocks.
    • Changing a block category will update the location of the block in the Gutenberg Block Inserter while editing posts.
  • FIX – Fixed issue with missing semi-colon in export code.
  • UPDATE – Various admin UI/UX updates.

1.1 – January 19, 2021

  • NEW – Added new gbm_disabled_blocks filter to allow for disabling blocks via functions.php
  • NEW – Added Export option to dynamically build a pre-populated gbm_disabled_blocks filter.
  • NEW – Added Grid/List view toggle.

1.0.1 – January 2, 2021

  • NEW – Added support for Embed blocks (Twitter, Facebook, Spotify etc). These blocks were changed in WP 5.6 and the handler had to be updated to manage the active/inactive states.
  • FIX – Fixed REST API warning for missing permissions_callback.

1.0 – January 6, 2020

  • Initial release