Block Navigation



Block Navigation provides a sidebar with the current post/page’s blocks and some tools to facilitate the editing process in the new Gutenberg editor.


The features are especially useful for nested blocks – blocks that are inside parent blocks which are difficult to select or move in the editor.

Inside the panel several utilities are included to enhance the UX, such as:

  • Dragging blocks to a different location
  • Moving blocks by click
  • Selecting blocks
  • Easily recognising the block from a small snippet of the block’s content

The user can select a dark or light color scheme, from the multiple included.

Plugin and Theme developers

The plugin also provides some features for Plugin and Theme developers, such as:

  • Click and Copy the block’s clientId
  • Click to console.log helpful data from the block


Inside the Post editor on the right side of the top Block’s Toolbar the plugin icon/button should appear (if not, please read the FAQ below).
Click the icon/button to open the plugin sidebar.


Images from the readme banner and screenshots belong to Charles Postiaux.


  • Main view, dark scheme.
  • Dragging a block to a different position.
  • Block menu.
  • List of available color schemes, light and dark.


Installation from the WordPress admin.

  1. Log in to the WordPress admin and navigate to Plugins > Add New.
  2. Type “Block Navigation” in the Search field.
  3. In the results list Block Navigation plugin should appear, click Install Now button.
  4. Once it finished installing, click the Activate button.
  5. That’s it, now you can go to any post where Gutenberg is enabled and start using the plugin.


I do not see the plugin icon in the post editor

Alternatively the Plugin can be opened from the Show More button (the 3 dots on the right side of the Editor Top Bar).
Click the More button and inside the menu list click on the plugin name “Block Navigation”.


November 14, 2020
This is an extremely useful plugin when working with the block editor. The standard block navigator is too simplistic for me, showing no nested blocks, so here comes this great plugin and fills the gap. Much appreciated, thanks to the developer!
September 25, 2020
I am so glad I found this plugin couple of days ago. It has already saved me a lot of time because I now have a much smoother option to navigate between blocks. This should be a core feature. Thanks.
September 3, 2020
I was just about to give up my search and write a plugin like this myself, but then i found this! It does exactly what it says, no unecessary gruft, no extra functionality i don't need: it gives you a perfectly working tree-view of all the blocks with drag&drop enabled. Using the block editor with nested blocks was a pain for me and a huge obstacle for my clients, but with this all that became a looot easier! THANK YOU!
August 10, 2020
If you like to have an overview of your content and can't find your way around in the editor's view, this extension will save you a lot of time. Thanks !
June 26, 2020
Great stuff, really love this thing! Always used something similar with Elementor (build in), and really missed it in Gutenberg. So this plugin is just what I was looking for; neat! Suggestions for improvement: - Easy bulk collapsing/expanding of the options panel (or whatever they're called) - Easier way to switch between block navigation and options panels (separate them?) But as said, great plugin; should be part of Gutenberg core!
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Contributors & Developers

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


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Interested in development?

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  • Added “Remove Block” button in block menu
  • Updated dependencies


  • Major refactor
  • Updated dependencies


  • Fixed text being selected on drag
  • Fixed images being able to be dragged
  • Updated dependencies


  • Major refactor. Use of react hooks, load an old version of the plugin for WP 5.2
  • Use of a virtual list to improve performance (specially when dragging)
  • Blocks can be dropped as a children of an empty nestable block
  • Overall improvement in the UX
  • The scrollTop position will update based on the current selected block


  • Blocks that are nestable (like columns) now retain their collapsed/expanded state, after closing and re-opening the plugin sidebar or after collapsing an ancestor block.
  • Reusable blocks now show their title, so they are more easy to identify.


  • Minor bugfixes.


  • Improved moving blocks UX (both by drag and by click).
  • Added the filter “blockNavigation.addBlockContentAttributePath” for developers to include their own block type content.
  • Updated the UI.
  • Rebuilt code, migrated JavaScript to TypeScript.
  • Raised minimum WordPress version to 5.2 to make use of block-editor package.


  • Cleaned console log output and added “attributes-available”.
  • Fixed castaña scheme dark color.
  • Updated cover block and added media-text block.
  • Small typo and bug fixes.


  • Make use of Rich Text WordPress package.
  • Small typo and bug fixes.


  • Added Development Mode. Currently it adds two extra actions inside each Block’s menu: Copy the Block clientId to the Clipboard and Log to the browser’s console some helpful Block related data.
  • Clicking on an already selected block deselects it.


  • Fix bug with jQuery variable
  • Upgrade logo to SVG
  • Schemes naming fix


  • Initial release.