WordPress word count utility.


Install the module

npm install @wordpress/wordcount --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.



Count some words.


import { count } from '@wordpress/wordcount';
const numberOfWords = count( 'Words to count', 'words', {} );


  • text string: The text being processed
  • type WPWordCountStrategy: The type of count. Accepts ‘words’, ‘characters_excluding_spaces’, or ‘characters_including_spaces’.
  • userSettings WPWordCountUserSettings: Custom settings object.


  • number: The word or character count.

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.