Block Attributes Edit

Attributes are the way a block stores data, they define how a block is parsed to extract data from the saved content.

For this block tutorial, we want to allow the user to type in a message that we will display stylized in the published post. So, we need to add a message attribute that will hold the user message. The following code defines a message attribute; the attribute type is a string; the source is the text from the selector which is a div tag.

"attributes": {
    "message": {
        "type": "string",
        "source": "text",
        "selector": "div",
        "default": ""

Add this to the src/block.json file. The attributes are at the same level as the name and title fields.

When the block loads it will look at the saved content for the block, look for the div tag, take the text portion, and store the content in an attributes.message variable.

Note: The text portion is equivalent to innerText attribute of a DOM element. For more details and other examples see the Block Attributes documentation.

Edit and Save

The attributes are passed to both the edit and save functions. The setAttributes function is also passed, but only to the edit function. The setAttributes function is used to set the values. Additional parameters are also passed in to the edit and save functions, see the edit/save documentation for more details.

The attributes is a JavaScript object containing the values of each attribute, or default values if defined. The setAttributes is a function to update an attribute.

export default function Edit( { attributes, setAttributes } ) {
    // ...

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TextControl Component

For our example block, the component we are going to use is the TextControl component, it is similar to an HTML text input field. You can see documentation for TextControl component. You can browse an interactive set of components in this Storybook.

The component is added similar to an HTML tag, setting a label, the value is set to the attributes.message and the onChange function uses the setAttributes to update the message attribute value.

The save function will simply write the attributes.message as a div tag since that is how we defined it to be parsed.

OPTIONAL: For IDE support (code completion and hints), you can install the @wordpress/components module which is where the TextControl component is imported from. This install command is optional since the build process automatically detects @wordpress/* imports and specifies as dependencies in the assets file.

npm install @wordpress/components --save

Update the edit.js and save.js files to the following, replacing the existing functions.

edit.js file:

import { __ } from '@wordpress/i18n';
import { useBlockProps } from '@wordpress/block-editor';
import { TextControl } from '@wordpress/components';
import './editor.scss';

export default function Edit( { attributes, setAttributes } ) {
    return (
        <div { ...useBlockProps() }>
                label={ __( 'Message', 'gutenpride' ) }
                value={ attributes.message }
                onChange={ ( val ) => setAttributes( { message: val } ) }

save.js file:

import { useBlockProps } from '@wordpress/block-editor';

export default function save( { attributes } ) {
    const blockProps =;
    return <div { ...blockProps }>{ attributes.message }</div>;

If you have previously run npm run start, and the script is still running, you can reload the editor now and add the block to test.
Otherwise rebuild the block using npm run build, reload the editor and add the block. Type a message in the editor, save, and view it in the post.

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