The NUX module exposes components, and wp.data methods useful for onboarding a new user to the WordPress admin interface. Specifically, it exposes tips and guides.

A tip is a component that points to an element in the UI and contains text that explains the element’s functionality. The user can dismiss a tip, in which case it never shows again. The user can also disable tips entirely. Information about tips is persisted between sessions using localStorage.

A guide allows a series of tips to be presented to the user one by one. When a user dismisses a tip that is in a guide, the next tip in the guide is shown.


Install the module

npm install @wordpress/nux --save

This package assumes that your code will run in an ES2015+ environment. If you’re using an environment that has limited or no support for such language features and APIs, you should include the polyfill shipped in @wordpress/babel-preset-default in your code.


DotTip is a React component that renders a single tip on the screen. The tip will point to the React element that DotTip is nested within. Each tip is uniquely identified by a string passed to tipId.

See the component’s README for more information.

<button onClick={ ... }>
    Add to Cart
    <DotTip tipId="acme/add-to-cart">
        Click here to add the product to your shopping cart.

Determining if a tip is visible

You can programmatically determine if a tip is visible using the isTipVisible select method.

const isVisible = select( 'core/nux' ).isTipVisible( 'acme/add-to-cart' );
console.log( isVisible ); // true or false

Manually dismissing a tip

dismissTip is a dispatch method that allows you to programmatically dismiss a tip.

    onClick={ () => {
        dispatch( 'core/nux' ).dismissTip( 'acme/add-to-cart' );
    } }
    Dismiss tip

Disabling and enabling tips

Tips can be programatically disabled or enabled using the disableTips and enableTips dispatch methods. You can query the current setting by using the areTipsEnabled select method.

Calling enableTips will also un-dismiss all previously dismissed tips.

const areTipsEnabled = select( 'core/nux' ).areTipsEnabled();
return (
        onClick={ () => {
            if ( areTipsEnabled ) {
                dispatch( 'core/nux' ).disableTips();
            } else {
                dispatch( 'core/nux' ).enableTips();
        } }
        { areTipsEnabled ? 'Disable tips' : 'Enable tips' }

Triggering a guide

You can group a series of tips into a guide by calling the triggerGuide dispatch method. The given tips will then appear one by one.

A tip cannot be added to more than one guide.

dispatch( 'core/nux' ).triggerGuide( [
] );

Getting information about a guide

getAssociatedGuide is a select method that returns useful information about the state of the guide that a tip is associated with.

const guide = select( 'core/nux' ).getAssociatedGuide( 'acme/add-to-cart' );
console.log( 'Tips in this guide:', guide.tipIds );
console.log( 'Currently showing:', guide.currentTipId );
console.log( 'Next to show:', guide.nextTipId );

Contributing to this package

This is an individual package that’s part of the Gutenberg project. The project is organized as a monorepo. It’s made up of multiple self-contained software packages, each with a specific purpose. The packages in this monorepo are published to npm and used by WordPress as well as other software projects.

To find out more about contributing to this package or Gutenberg as a whole, please read the project’s main contributor guide.